Jeff Saturday returns to Colts organization as interim head coach

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INDIANAPOLIS — A whirlwind afternoon for the Indianapolis Colts and their fans landed former center Jeff Saturday, 47, in the head coach’s office at the Colts facilities on W. 56th Street.

Owner Jim Irsay announced on Saturday that Jeff would be the team’s head coach for the remainder of the season after also announcing the Colts were “parting ways” with Frank Reich.

Saturday spent 13 years with the Colts, including a dozen as the team’s starting center. He graduated in 1998 from the University of North Carolina before getting a call to join the Colts as an offensive lineman.

After his time with the Colts, Saturday played a year with the Green Bay Packers. In his career, Saturday has been selected for the Pro Bowl six times.

He is inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor.

Since his playing days ended, Saturday has spent time as an analyst for ESPN.

He was also a consultant for the Colts.

For three years, Saturday was the head coach at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Georgia.

Saturday’s hiring caught NFL fans and analysts around the world off guard. Saturday will be the first head coach to take the field in the NFL without any college or NFL experience since former quarterback Norm Van Brocklin in 1961.

The move also comes with several former head coaches already on Colts staff.

Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and senior defensive assistant John Fox were previously head coaches.

The Colts started the season 3-5-1.

Monday’s move follows a series of moves over the past few weeks. Last week the team fired offensive coordinator Marcus Brady and two weeks ago the team replaced starting quarterback Matt Ryan with Sam Ehlinger.

The Colts are 0-2 with Ehlinger under center, but remain just two games out of first place in the AFC South.

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