Jeff Saturday thanks Colts group after hiring of Shane Steichen, addresses savage petition fan started

Jeff Saturday wants Colts followers, collectively with these who supported him being the interim head coach, to know that he is nonetheless a “large fan” of the group.

After Frank Reich was fired amid a three-fifty one- start to the season, crew proprietor Jim Irsay named Saturday the coach on an interim basis. On Tuesday, the Colts introduced the hiring of Shane Steichen as a end result of the crew’s subsequent head coach. 

Saturday tweeted a video message on the heels of the Colts’ announcement all by way of which he expressed his gratitude to the group and the followers.

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Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday greets tight end Nikola Kalinic before an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders in Las Vegas, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. 

Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday greets tight finish Nikola Kalinic earlier than an NFL soccer recreation in direction of the Las Vegas Raiders in Las Vegas, Sunday, Nov. thirteen, 2022.  (AP photograph/David Becker)

the earlier six-time professional Bowl center shared his effectively-wants for Steichen and mentioned he is “nonetheless an limitless Colt fan.” 

“First, I simply want to say to the Colts group and Colts Nation how a lot I admire the menace,” Saturday mentioned. “i am so grateful for the final eight weeks of the season and the menace to symbolize you guys. I admire the coaches for all of your time, power and power.

“To all of the gamers, laying it on the market every week. i can not permit you to understand how a lot I respect and admire what every play — not solely for the Colts nonetheless the NFL — (does) and what they positioned on the highway every week.”

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He additionally talked about the petition that some followers started, which inspired the Colts to not hire Saturday. At one level inside the video he even joked that his spouse’s signature might have ended up on the petition.

Saturday was thought-about a finalist for the complete-time teaching job, regardless of going 1-7 all by way of his time on the helm. He decided to depart his NFL analyst job to level out into the interim coach, regardless of having no teaching expertise on the expert or collegiate ranges.

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however, Irsay appeared to maintain supportive of Saturday.

“(I) actually want to thank Jeff Saturday for his dedicated and expert effort for what he did, coming in, in a terribly troublesome state of affairs and doing an admirable job,” Irsay famous all by way of Steichen’s introductory information convention on Tuesday. “i actually admire Jeff and thank him. He means tons to this group.”

Indianapolis Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday speaks during a news conference at the NFL football team's practice facility Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Indianapolis. 

Indianapolis Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday speaks all by way of a information convention on the NFL soccer crew’s apply facility Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Indianapolis.  (AP photograph/Darron Cummings)

Saturday performed in the NFL with the Colts from 1999 to 2011, and gained a great Bowl with the crew. He spent one season with the Packers. 

Saturday’s solely soccer teaching expertise bought here on the highschool diploma from 2017-2020. earlier than taking the interim teaching job he additionally labored as a guide for the Colts.

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Steichen served as a end result of the Eagles offensive coordinator for the previous two seasons. Quarterback Jalen Hurts praised Steichen for his skill to “put guys in positions to make performs.”

he’ll now be tasked with turning round a franchise who has spent the previous a quantity of seasons in determined search of its subsequent franchise quarterback.

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