Colts surprisingly hire former Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday as interim head coach

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The Indianapolis Colts made a stunning decision on Monday by naming former Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday as interim head coach after firing Frank Reich.

Saturday has no NFL or college coaching experience and had been working as a consultant for the Colts as well as an analyst for ESPN since retiring from the NFL following the 2012 season.

The 47-year-old Saturday played for Indianapolis from 1999-2011 before his final season with the Green Bay Packers in 2012.

He earned six Pro Bowl selections and was named a first-team All-Pro twice in his career. Saturday helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI, their first title since leaving Baltimore for Indianapolis, at the end of the 2006 season.

The Colts fired Reich on Monday after Sunday’s 26-3 defeat at the New England Patriots dropped the team to 3-5-1. Indianapolis are last in the NFL with 14.7 points per game.

Reich went 40-33-1 with the Colts after they hired him prior to the 2018 season. Indianapolis advanced to the playoffs twice during his tenure, reaching the AFC Divisional Round in 2018 before losing in the Wild Card Round in 2020.