After shocking the NFL world and making Jeff Saturday the team’s interim head coach, a distinct vibe emerged from Colts owner Jim Irsay that he had already decided, unofficially, to hand the job over to Saturday after the season. That hasn’t stopped a large number of applicants from interviewing for the job.
And so, apparently, Irsay is using the process to legitimize the unofficial decision to hire Saturday. The longer Saturday stays in the mix, the more likely he is to get the job.
That’s the big takeaway from the news that Saturday will get a second interview. He is inside. And he can very well win it.
Some think it will come down to Saturday and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. It’s ultimately Irsay’s decision. If he wants to hire someone who hasn’t even gotten an interview with one of the other four teams seeking head coaches, that’s his business.
And it ultimately comes down to business. Even as the Colts crumbled as Saturday ran the show, people filled the stadium. Which gives Irsay the chance to leave secure work experience on Saturday to make up for the experience he necessarily lacked – before he has eight games of work experience to complete the 2022 season.