Colts’ Star DeForest Buckner Throws Support At Jeff Saturday

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The Indianapolis Colts surprised everyone when they announced that Jeff Saturday would be replacing Frank Reich as the team’s interim head coach. It was a decision that drew a lot of strong opinions, most of which were of shock and awe as Saturday has zero coaching experience above the high school level.

The decision to hire Saturday, who spent 13 out of his 14 NFL seasons with the Colts, is something that many people believe is a bad precedent being set by the franchise. Some people are working tirelessly to move up the coaching ladder but Saturday is getting one of only 32 coveted jobs despite spending the last few years as an analyst at ESPN.

Wednesday was the first time that players were available to discuss the coaching change with the media. One player whose comments stood out were those of defensive end DeForest Buckner.

Buckner said that it was above his pay grade to discuss Saturday’s lack of experience, but the first interactions with him were positive ones. One of the things that Buckner pointed out was the energy that Saturday has brought to the facility, something that in Buckner’s opinion, was missing.

“He came in with energy,” Buckner said, via the Indianapolis Star. “That’s something we need right now.”

That is certainly the way to set the tone in a new job. Saturday knows what it takes to win from his playing days, something that the players will certainly respect as they too hope to win a Super Bowl ring like the one that Saturday owns.

Alas, this is an outside-of-the-box hiring and one that will draw a ton of attention. There have been some rumors that Saturday was hired to help ensure that the Colts secure a higher draft pick, something owner Jim Irsay has denied.

It will take more than good energy to help turn things around in Indianapolis. Their offense has been a mess this season and their quarterback situation remains unsettled as Irsay did not endorse Sam Ehlinger, who replaced Matt Ryan, as the rest-of-season starter as Reich did.

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