'I'm glad he doesn't have any NFL experience' - Colts owner Irsay defends Saturday appointment

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has vehemently defended his decision to appoint Jeff Saturday as interim head coach and stated "I'm glad he doesn't have any NFL experience."

The Colts fired Frank Reich on Monday and announced that former Pro Bowl center Saturday will take over.

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.

Irsay revealed the 47-year-old, who played for Indianapolis from 1999-2011 before joining the Green Bay Packers, will be in charge "for eight games, hopefully more" during a press conference on Monday.

Eyebrows have been raised over the appointment of Saturday, but Irsay thinks it will prove to be a masterstroke.

"Want to bet against this guy?" Irsay said. "Put your money down. [I'd] love to see it, because I know what he's about."

He added: "I'm glad he doesn't have any NFL experience. I'm glad he hasn't learned the fear that's in this league, because it's tough for all our coaches. They're afraid. They go to analytics and it gets difficult.

"He doesn't have all that. He doesn't have that fear. And there was no other candidate. We were fortunate he was available. And he has tons of experience. He knows this game inside and out with relationships with coaches and players.

"I understand that he's fully capable of doing this."

The Colts relieved Reich of his duties 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.

Irsay felt he had to act following a poor start to the season.

"There's no rule book that tells you, 'Now you should make a change,'" Irsay said. "It's something from being in the league 52 years. It's intuitive."

Irsay said general manager Chris Ballard, who joined him at the press conference along with Saturday, will stay on.