INDIANAPOLIS ( Associated Press) – Jeff Saturday was a favorite when he played for the Indianapolis Colts.
It hardly remains today.
After leaving with a 1-7 record as interim coach and being called in for a second interview that would allow him to keep the job next fall, a Colts fan on Saturday started an online petition to block him. Filed. As of Thursday night, it had received nearly 3,000 signatures.
“We, as Colts fans, will always remember the Super Bowl XLI team fondly. We love the former players and appreciate what they have become, but we do not want Jeff Saturday to be the head coach of this team.” Be.” “Please hire someone with experience and save your fan base from rebelling and losing interest.”
Saturday left his position as an analyst for ESPN in early November to replace the fired Frank Reich. Team owner Jim Irsay on Saturday brought back Peyton Manning, a center and member of the Colts’ Ring of Honor for many years but lacking coaching experience at the college or professional level.
Result: After winning their first game, Saturday lost their last seven in a historically poor performance by an interim manager. The Colts finished 4–12–1 and earned the fourth pick in the NFL Draft.
There are a large number of rivals to face for position on Saturday.
General manager Chris Ballard interviewed more than a dozen candidates in the first round of interviews and had a second round of interviews on Wednesday through Saturday.
Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Avro was scheduled for an interview on Thursday, while Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Rahim Morris, former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has his interview scheduled for Friday of this month.
Dan Quinn, the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, was interviewed on Saturday. However, NFL Network reported Thursday that Quinn has informed all four teams that they are looking for a new head coach who will remain with Dallas.
Reich came out of unemployment Thursday after agreeing to manage the Carolina Panthers.
Indianapolis is about to conduct a second round of interviews with various candidates before making a decision.