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The Colts are in for a ‘rude awakening’ following the hiring of Jeff Saturday | Ekeler’s Edge

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The Los Angeles Chargers, running back Austin Eckeler and Sportzshala Sports analyst Matt Harmon discuss the Colts firing head coach Frank Reich and hiring Jeff Saturday as interim head coach. Austin as a player talks about how changing coaches during the season can ruin a dressing room. AE shares his thoughts on Jim Irsay’s decision to replace numerous head coach candidates across the league for a man who has never been an NFL coach. Watch the latest episodes of Ekeler’s Edge every Wednesday on Sportzshala Sports and your favorite social networks. Listen to Ekeler’s Edge at Sportzshala Fantasy Football Prediction wherever you get podcasts.

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The Colts fire Frank Reich. They hired Jeff Saturday, a former longtime Colts center. Jim Irsay said we were lucky he was free. Well, I mean, of course Jeff was available. He worked for ESPN.

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Austin EKELER: Interesting things are happening, to put it mildly.


Matt Harmon: I think one thing that got lost in the discussion with Jeff Saturday is that I’m really curious about how the guys in the locker room and how the team would treat someone who is an underdog – now he’s the Colts. legend, right? He has just been inducted into the Ring of Honor. It’s like he has skins on the wall. He has already won the Super Bowl with this team.

But he still wasn’t even on the coaching staff. Like he was a consultant to the team. I’m curious from a player’s point of view, how would you feel if you were in a situation where a guy who was not part of the coaching staff, after the head coach was fired, became the head coach like this?

Austin EKELER: I mean, if I was in that scenario, I don’t think I would know how to feel. I think it really sends a message to the rest of the coaching staff about what the organization thinks of you. Obviously the organization doesn’t think you’re capable of leading a team, any of you guys.

Matt Harmon: Yeah.

Austin EKELER: I think it’s pretty clear on the wall. Right there like, no, you’re not that. We’re going to get this guy because we think he’s doing a lot better in the short term, right? It will probably be, as I assume, only until the end of the season.

Matt Harmon: I don’t know about it dude. After watching yesterday’s press conference, it’s pretty clear that Jim Irsay intends to make this a permanent move. Otherwise, how do they not do it. They don’t hire this TV guy. They have John Fox. They have Gus Bradley, like the guys who used to be head coaches in the NFL. It’s not playing a string.

It’s like I don’t know what Jeff Saturday has to do to get a job or lose a job, but it’s pretty clear to me like in a perfect world, Jim Irsay’s perfect world, he owns a fucking team, so what can he do what he wants. They want him to be the head coach of this team in the future. This was my conclusion.

Austin EKELER: Looks like they’re like, hey, you know what? We’re going to try a new trajectory. Let’s go to. Let’s try. You know, and everyone else will have to stand in their seats or leave. Here’s what it will look like. As for the players, man, as your organization says, let’s move on.

We continue to play hard. But we just have so many disagreements over a mid-season manager change that is never good for the organization, simply because that’s what shaped the team in the very beginning. Now he is no more. So it’s all right, now you have a new guide. It’s just that, a mess. For those guys over there, bro, keep playing hard, right? Because, look, there will be light at the end of the tunnel one way or another.

Matt Harmon: Austin, he has experience as a high school head coach in Georgia. So that’s it.

Austin EKELER: No comment.

Matt Harmon: A couple of other quotes from Irsey about this were: yes, he is quite experienced. Yes, he is quite capable. He also just kept rolling and said we weren’t building rockets to go to Mars. This is a very simple job that we do here. I don’t know it’s a very simple job. But that’s just me.

Austin EKELER: Yes, I think it will be a rude awakening. It seems very risky and very bold.

Matt Harmon: Yeah.

Austin EKELER: Good.

Matt Harmon: I mean, Jim Irsay’s thoughts, his motives and everything else, I will say about Jeff Saturday, it seems that everyone loves this dude. Like he’s a good guy. His former teammates love him. Obviously the Colts love him. The people of Indianapolis love him.

Austin EKELER: You heard what I was talking about, or maybe not, people who are good guys. As a general rule, the NFL doesn’t care if you’re a good guy or not.

Matt Harmon: Yeah.

Austin EKELER: They do not care. It’s important to win games. So what are you trying to do? Do we want a better guy to lead our team to help us win games. Whether people like it or not doesn’t matter. Is he going to win? Like A. Lynn, for example. He was a great guy, with a good head on his shoulders, really dedicated to his work, really knew how to build, you know, lead a team.

But it wasn’t like that, we didn’t win games. So guess what?

Matt Harmon: Yeah.

Austin EKELER: We’ve made changes, you know? Because of this guy, I’m still in the NFL, right? He was part of giving me the opportunity. I owe a lot to this guy in terms of my season and my career. It does not matter. Irrelevant. So this guy gets an opportunity that a lot of NFL coaches who have been coaching in the NFL for years have been trying to exploit.

This guy didn’t coach for one year in the NFL. I’m sure he won two Super Bowls. But we’ll see how that translates into actually leading a real NFL team in the head coach’s position, not necessarily in the locker room, which is also very different, because your role as head coach is that you really take the blame. for everything, good, bad, everything falls on your shoulders. And you have to talk to the media. And you have to do all these reports.

You must prepare everything. You must set the pace. You must set the standard. All these things that fall on your shoulders, and if you do not have experience working or staying around, especially for a while, you will have to face difficulties.



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