That Indianapolis Colts Jeff Saturday’s appointment as interim head coach has drawn much criticism but when the dust settles on Sunday, the score is 1-0 on Saturday.
Former Colts teammate Pat McAfee took this opportunity to prank everyone who called Jim Irsay’s hiring on Saturday a terrible decision, including Cleveland Browns legend Joe Thomas.
Thomas ripped the Saturday rent ahead of the team’s win over the Las Vegas Raiders, saying it was the “most outrageous event I can ever remember” in the NFL. during his last “Pat McAfee Show”, McAfee said he has great respect for the future Hall of Famer but believes he is a “puppet.”
“I don’t think Joe Thomas is a villain. I think he’s a puppet. I don’t think he’s a villain,” McAfee said in a lengthy diatribe. “I think he felt compelled to say something because someone was telling him how disrespectful they felt, rather than looking at it from a realistic perspective. This is an interim role as head coach. The Indianapolis Colts have stunned everyone on earth, including their fanbase, literally since the jump this season when they connected the damn Houston Texans to Houston this season, and the Houston Texans are the Houston Texans.”
McAfee also retrieved footage from his show in 2020 when he guest-starred Thomas. Thomas told the crew that he wants to put his name in the hat for the Browns’ next head coach, and like Saturday, he has no coaching experience.
“Why, at that point, two years ago, three years ago, did Joe Thomas think he had any bloody right to do that? [head coach]?” McAfee asked. “Is it because he’s the best player they’ve ever had? Is it because they’ve spent years, years, and years in that sales building and seen what can be good and seen what they did badly? Is it because he knew football pretty well? Is it because he thought he knew the NFL pretty well?
“Did Joe Thomas tell us on January 3, 2020 that he was going to throw his name in the hat to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns because he was the only one who cared enough about the Browns to turn them around and.” to make them a good program? Or did he say that because he wanted to spit in the face of every single coach who had to work, grind and sleep on couches before he got the chance to be one of just 32 NFL head coaches? So he’s either disrespectful or he thought he could do something nobody else could do with the Cleveland Browns.”
McAfee went on to say that Saturday’s 13 years with the Colts and understanding of everything else that was going on in the building made him someone Irsay could trust.
He tore too Hall of Fame coach Bill Cowherwho also questioned the Saturday rent.
“But Bill Cowher, shut up, dude,” McAfee said. “He said, ‘Why didn’t John Fox get the job? Why didn’t Gus Bradley get the job?’ It’s their first year in the building and to be honest the team has stunk since they got there.
“I just think the backlash was absurd. I think the win was huge.”
McAfee even thinks Saturday’s hiring, which given his interim status doesn’t guarantee him becoming head coach next year, could actually help the problem of the percentage of minority coaches the NFL currently faces.
“I believe this will help with the minority coaching percentages in the NFL where former players get to more important positions quickly instead of waiting around and doing bullshit, which is what you should be doing when you’re 22, 23, 24, 25 years old,” McAfee said. “Instead, they’re in their 30s because they’ve had a very productive NFL football career. Jeff Saturday couldn’t have been hired as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts at 34 because Jeff Saturday played for the Indianapolis Colts.”
The Colts defeated the Raiders and got back on track with their fourth win of the season, improving their overall record to 4-5-1. It was a late touchdown pass from Matt Ryan, who was back under center after being benched for Sam Ehlinger by then-head coach Frank Reich, and found Parris Campbell for a 35-yard score that ended the game would win.
The Indianapolis defense stopped the Raiders from their last goal when Derek Carr threw an incomplete pass to Davante Adams in fourth and seventh place with just 52 seconds left in Colts territory.