Bill Cowher rips Colts’ Jeff Saturday hire: ‘A shame’

Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher ripped the Colts’ beautiful choice to hire Jeff Saturday because the workforce’s interim head coach, calling the transfer “a disgrace to the coaching profession.”

Speaking Sunday on CBS’ “NFL Today,” Cowher — who served as Pittsburgh’s head coach for 15 years — opined on the latest sequence of occasions unfolding in Indianapolis, which noticed Saturday substitute former head coach Frank Reich, regardless of having solely coached at the highschool degree.

“I know for a fact that Jeff Saturday was offered an opportunity to become an assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts multiple times in the last four years. He declined, citing he had a TV job and wanted to spend more time with his family,” Cowher mentioned. “I get it. Coaching is about commitment and it’s about sacrifice. It’s not just a job, it’s a lifestyle.”

Cowher then elaborated on Saturday’s sudden change in fact from workforce advisor — when he contacted the workforce weekly from his Atlanta dwelling — to move coach, leap-frogging certified assistants within the course of.

“Jeff Saturday talked about in his first press conference that he’s going to use the second half as an opportunity to build his résumé to see whether or not he can coach in the future. I say to that, what about the assistants on the staff right now?” Cowher mentioned. “The guys that were there in training camp. The guys that were there early in the morning and late at night. The guys that have gone through the first six weeks in that building… Don’t they deserve the opportunity?”

Cowher then tore into Colts proprietor Jim Irsay for choosing Saturday over the likes of John Fox and Gus Bradley, former NFL head coaches who’re presently on the workers.

Colts proprietor Jim Irsay and interim head coach Jeff Saturday throughout a information convention on Nov. 7, 2022.

“For an owner to hire a coach, who has never been an assistant at the college level or the pro level, and overseeing, very much a lot of candidates that are qualified for that job as we see in [Panthers interim head coach] Steve Wilks, an opportunity to build a résumé, it’s a disgrace to the coaching profession,” Cowher mentioned. “Regardless of how this thing plays out, what happened in Indianapolis is a travesty.”

Saturday will make his head teaching debut on Sunday towards the Raiders.

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