Jim Irsay of the Colts justifies hiring Jeff Saturday

By Babita Singh

Colts owner Jim Irsay defended his decision to select Jeff Saturday as an interim head coach by saying him capable enough for coaching job. 

Frank Reich was sacked by Irsay on Monday morning after late-night discussions with general manager Chris Ballard on Sunday.

The team then announced Saturday's hiring shortly after that, who is presently an ESPN commentator.

It is Saturday's first time coaching at a level higher than high school.

Irsay spoke extensively Monday night about the tenacity that Saturday demonstrated throughout his 13 seasons with the Colts, when he participated in five Pro Bowls.

Irsay acknowledged that firing Reich was a difficult choice, but he ascribed it to a sense that the time had come based on his extensive knowledge as a second-generation NFL owner.

Irsay stated that the intention is to proceed with Saturday for the last eight regular-season games, following which the Colts anticipate conducting a formal coaching search.

 Irsay made no effort to hide his wish for the outcome that Saturday secure the position on a long-term basis.

The Colts approached Saturday about a post early this year and attempted to employ him as offensive line coach in 2019.

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