Black NFL coaches disrespected by hiring Jeff Saturday
The Indianapolis Colts made a big decision on Monday to fire the head coach Frank Reich as the team continued to struggle in attack even despite a quarterback change and offensive shooting coordinator Marcus Brady. The Colts’ decision to fire their head coach wasn’t really controversialbut the decision to bring in former Colts player Jeff Saturday as the team’s interim head coach certainly was.
jeff saturday is obviously a Colts legend on the court, but the six-time Pro Bowl center has almost no coaching experience outside of a brief stint as a high school head coach at a small Christian academy in the city. suburb of Georgia.
Due to Saturday’s complete lack of coaching experience, many question and criticize the Colts’ decision – especially since the team passed up many qualified black NFL assistant coaches in order to hire Saturday. .
Imagine being a black NFL assistant coach, working for years in the league, wondering if you’ll ever get the chance to be a head coach, and then seeing that. https://t.co/LbCe24eRs6
— Michael Rosenberg (@Rosenberg_Mike) November 7, 2022
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a white man literally becomes the head coach of an NFL team without ever having been a coach before: soOoOoOoO eccentric 😜😜😜 couldn’t happen to a better guy https://t.co/d1VDLu0kdt
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) November 7, 2022
Jeff Saturday has just become the head coach of an NFL team, with no previous coaching experience in the NFL or college football.
There are black coaches in the NFL who have been assistants for years and can’t even get serious head coaching interviews.
— Colb (@___Colb___) November 7, 2022
Jeff Saturday getting this opportunity on highly skilled black assistants is interesting qwhite
— JP Acosta (@acosta32_jp) November 7, 2022
It’s a particularly bad look for the Indianapolis Colts after the Washington Post took a deep dive this offseason detailing the struggles of black coaches in the NFL which has seen football legends like Ladainian Tomlinson, Denis Thurmanand Tony Dungy detailed their experiences with the league and gave their thoughts on topics such as Rooney’s rule.
Saturday’s hiring might be comical or interesting to some. But for many black coaches working hard for an opportunity in the NFL, it’s just plain disrespectful.