Jim Irsay Reveals Why He's 'Glad' Jeff Saturday Has No NFL Experience

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The NFL world is still deciphering why Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay fired Frank Reich and hired Jeff Saturday, who has no NFL or college coaching experience.

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During Monday evening's press conference, Irsay said he considered Saturday's lack of qualifications for the job as a plus.

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 Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Irsay suggested he won't lean on analytics out of "fear,"

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“He doesn’t have that fear," Irsay said. "We were very fortunate he was available. He has tons of experience. He knows this game inside and out."

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There's a lot to unpack from that quote. Irsay's premise is odd, as data-driven coaches often make more aggressive decisions to go for fourth downs than a conservative, old-school coach.

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"Very excited for Jeff Saturday to kick a FG from the 3 yard line while down 17 because he 'has no fear,'" a fan quipped on Twitter.

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Observers also mocked Irsay for saying he was "very fortunate" that they had an opening to hire an ESPN analyst who last coached a small private high school. 

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"Agreed. Very fortunate that Saturday stopped coaching at Hebron Christian in 2019 because high school playoffs are still ongoing," Syracuse.com's Ryan Talbot said sarcastically.

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"Available? Dude went 3-7 in his last coaching job AT A HIGH SCHOOL. Of course he was available, so was I," another fan wrote.

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Other fans fretted about the franchise's future. "Oh my god the Colts are heading to the basement so fast," one wrote.

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"I’m not sure the colts win another game for the foreseeable future," another declared. Irsay's comments only add to the confusion of his head-scratching decision. 

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Rather than having an experienced staff member fill the interim role while conducting a wider search, he tabbed Saturday to learn how to lead an NFL team in the middle of the season.

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We'll see if Saturday's inexperience bravely drives him to punt on a short fourth down when the Colts face the Las Vegas Raiders this Sunday.

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