In a new interview with WRTV-6 in Indianapolis, starting center Jeff Saturday responded, on behalf of the offensive line.
“I don’t agree,” Saturday said. “I looked at the film, I’ve watched it and, yeah, obviously he has his right to his opinion and he’s gonna say it. I went back and looked at it, I looked at the numbers again. We rushed the ball for well over five yards a carry. We didn’t give up any sacks. Peyton got hit maybe a couple times.”
Saturday also pointed out that there were no “remember me” shots on Manning, as promised by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
“The reality is that he runs the ship,” Saturday said of Polian, deflecting an opportunity to say that the issue could be a lingering problem. Saturday also expressed a preference for such matters to be handled privately, and he said as to the effects of the comments on the offensive line that “they hurt everybody.”
The unmistakable conclusion is that, unlike Polian, Saturday publicly took the high road. The private fallout of the situation largely will remain that way, from Saturday’s perspective.