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Fritz Pollard Alliance Opens Investigation into Jeff’s Saturday Hire at Colts

The Indianapolis Colts’ decision to hire Jeff Saturday as interim head coach is once again called into question, this time by the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

The foundation, which is made up of scouts, coaches and front office personnel across the NFL who are committed to equal opportunity and diversity, issued a statement on Thursday about the hiring.

“In light of the recent Indianapolis interim head coaching hiring, the FPA has initiated an investigation of the NFL to determine whether this hiring process was in compliance with NFL hiring guidelines for appointing an interim head coach,” it read. it via NFL Network.

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Indianapolis Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday speaks while owner Jim Irsay listens during a press conference at the team's practice facility on November 7, 2022 in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday speaks while owner Jim Irsay listens during a press conference at the team’s practice facility on November 7, 2022 in Indianapolis.
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Saturday’s hiring was met with mixed reactions when Colts owner Jim Irsay announced that the Indy legend, who had not coached in the league since retiring after the 2012 season, would become head coach after Frank Reich was fired.

Some of those responses were more vivid than others, including that of former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and Hall of Famer Bill Cowher, who felt that the coaches already in the building deserved the role.

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“I speak on behalf of the coaching profession. I’m sure Jeff Saturday has had multiple opportunities over the past four years to become an assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts,” said Cowher. “He declined, citing that he had a TV job and wanted to spend more time with his family. I get it. Coaching is about dedication and sacrifice. It’s not just a job. It’s a lifestyle. That said, Jeff Saturday has the position as an advisor to the Colts this year, and he’s been talking to them weekly from his home in Atlanta.

Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday greets defensive tackle Byron Cowart before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders on November 13, 2022.

Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday greets defensive tackle Byron Cowart before a game against the Las Vegas Raiders on November 13, 2022.
(AP Photo/Matt York)

“Now to find out in a short time that he is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and oversees a staff he has not chosen because of his lifestyle,” he continued. “Jeff Saturday spoke in his first press conference about the fact that he will use this second half to build his resume and to see if he can coach in the future. I say to that: what about the assistants on the staff at this moment? The guys who were there at training camp, the guys who were there early in the morning and late at night. … Don’t they deserve the chance?”

Cleveland Browns legend Joe Thomas also called the move the “most egregious thing I can ever remember happening” in the league.

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But Irsay hasn’t listened to the critics as they were kind of silenced when Saturday won his first game last Sunday, a 25-20 rout of the Las Vegas Raiders on the road.

“All you critics… you all criticize us in the NFL because we lose… When we take steps to win… you act so just! “Who You Cappin’…” Just win, baby! !” Irsay wrote on Twitter.

Indianapolis Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday speaks at a news conference at the team's practice facility on November 7, 2022 in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday speaks at a news conference at the team’s practice facility on November 7, 2022 in Indianapolis.
(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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The Colts take on the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday for the second game of his career on Saturday, his first at home.

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