Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Before the Indianapolis Colts took the field to play the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, Hall of Fame coach Bill Cowher blew the organization over his decision to hire Jeff Saturday as their interim head coach.

The Colts’ decision to fire Frank Reich and hire Saturday, a former All-Pro center who played 13 seasons with the Colts but had no professional or college coaching experience, was met with caution throughout the week. Saturday is the only coach in the interim period and the team was not required to meet the Rooney Rule requirements before making a decision.

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Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday, right, greets Byron Cowart's defense before the game against the Las Vegas Raiders on November 13, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday, right, greets Byron Cowart’s defense before the game against the Las Vegas Raiders on November 13, 2022, in Las Vegas.
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Cowher, now a CBS analyst, called the decision “an embarrassment for the coaching profession.”

“I speak on behalf of the coaching profession. I know Jeff Saturday has been offered the opportunity to be an assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts over the past four years,” said the former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach. “He refused, saying he had a TV job and wanted to spend more time with his family. I get it. Coaching is about commitment and sacrifice. It’s not just a job. It’s a lifestyle. However, Jeff Saturday took a position as a consultant for the Colts this year and He spoke to them every week from his home in Atlanta.”

“Now, shortly to find out that he was the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and overseeing a roster he chose not to choose for reasons of lifestyle,” he continued. “Jeff Saturday spoke at his first press conference about the fact that he’s going to use this second half to build his resume and see if he can coach in the future. I say to this, what about the assistants on the roster right now? The guys at the training camp, the guys who were there early in the morning and late at night.. . Don’t they deserve this opportunity?”

FILE - Bill Cowher

FILE – Bill Cowher
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“For an owner, hiring a coach who has never been an assistant in college or at the professional level and oversees so many qualified candidates to build resumes is a disgrace to the coaching profession. As for how that happened, what happened is a travesty in Indianapolis,” Cowher added. .

He defended himself at his first press conference Saturday.

“My role here is eight games. When this is over, they’re going to do extensive research and select the best candidates to be the Colts head coach. If I’m accepted, I’d be honored. I have no idea where this thing is going, not even the slightest bit,” he said.

Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday is sidelined during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders on November 13, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday is sidelined during a game against the Las Vegas Raiders on November 13, 2022, in Las Vegas.
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“I am totally comfortable with who I am as a man. I know I can manage men. I know … the game of football and I am passionate about it. ‘Are you as qualified as anyone else?’ “I spent 14 years in the locker room. I went to the playoffs 12 times. There are five guys who played with me in the Hall of Fame. I’ve seen how people prepare. How they coach? How are they GMs? How do they work? I won one Super Bowl, I went to two.”

Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this story.