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Jeff Saturday Says There Would Be 'Significant Change' If He Were to Get Colts HC Job

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2023

Indianapolis Colts head coach Jeff Saturday applauds from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday has big plans for the organization if he's hired for the full-time gig.

"If I get this [full-time] job, there's going to be significant change," he told reporters Monday.

Saturday, 47, was dropped into a strange circumstance this season. After the Colts fired head coach Frank Reich in early November following a 3-5-1 start to the season, Saturday—who had no coaching experience at the college or professional level—was appointed the interim head coach.

"Want to bet against this guy?" team owner Jim Irsay asked reporters at the time. "Put your money down. [I'd] love to see it, because I know what he's about."

Irsay's comments came against the backdrop of the hiring being widely considered a bizarre choice, given Saturday's lack of coaching experience, though the decision appeared to be somewhat justified after the interim coach won his first game, 25-20, over the Las Vegas Raiders.

The honeymoon phase ended there. The Colts promptly lost seven straight games to close the season and failed to reach five wins for only the third time in the past 24 years.

Mike Chappell @mchappell51

Jeff Saturday: How far away are Colts from being where they need to be?<br>Again, he laughed. He's read what's been written.<br><br>'I don't think we're nearly as far off as you guys do.'

Nate Atkins @NateAtkins_

Jeff Saturday said he has staff hires in mind already.

Nate Atkins @NateAtkins_

Jeff Saturday said he has a case to make for why he should get the Colts' permanent head coaching job but he's going to keep it close to the vest.

The good news is that the Colts now hold the No. 4 overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft, and with Justin Fields entrenched at quarterback in Chicago (the Bears hold the No. 1 overall selection) and Kyler Murray already signed to a long-term extension in Arizona (No. 3 selection), the Colts potentially will be in a position to select one of the top quarterbacks available.

Since Andrew Luck's shock retirement in 2019, the team has cycled through a carousal of quarterbacks that has included Jacoby Brissett, Brian Hoyer, Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz, Matt Ryan, Sam Ehlinger and Nick Foles.

Only Rivers provided any stability in 2020, leading the team to the playoffs, but he retired after his lone season in Indianapolis. In the non-Rivers' seasons, the team has gone 20-29-1.

So it would be a major shock if the Colts didn't address the position via the draft this offseason. The question will be which coach they'll look to pair that young player with. Saturday didn't make a great case for himself across eight games, but he seemingly has ideas for how he'd attempt to right the ship.