Just about everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the Indianapolis Colts in 2022.
Quarterback Matt Ryan looked every bit the 37 years old that he was. Running back Jonathan Taylor finally showed signs of slowing down, and superstar linebacker Shaquille Leonard played just three games due to a slew of injuries.
The Colts parted ways with head coach Frank Reich mid-way through the season and rather than replace him with someone competent, stunned the football world by hiring former player and then-ESPN analyst Jeff Saturday.
Saturday won his first game in charge in Indianapolis. But then he never won another. The Colts went 1-7 down the stretch and finished the year with a 4-12-1 record, the fourth-worst in the entire NFL.
The disastrous season showed the need for a massive shakeup. That is, to everyone other than team owner Jim Irsay, who is reportedly hoping to double down on his absurd move.
Jim Irsay Wants To Remove Jeff Saturday’s Interim Tag With The Indianapolis Colts
Bryan DeArdo of CBS Sports reports that Irsay wants to make Saturday the Colts’ permanent head coach. But he’s facing push back from within the organization.
Colts owner Jim Irsay has a desire to hire Saturday, CBS Sports NFL insider Josina Anderson reported on Wednesday. According to Anderson, there are some people who work close to Irsay who are not in favor of Saturday becoming the team’s head coach.
Though Irsay prefers Saturday, he’s not Indianapolis’ only option for the position.
While he remains a front-runner, Saturday is anything but a sure thing regarding the Colts’ head coaching position. The Colts reportedly have second interviews lined up with seven candidates. Those candidates include Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, among others.
Each of the other six options seem far more qualified than Saturday to take the job. But when you have the team’s owner on your side, you’ve got to feel pretty good about your chances.