Jeff Saturday wishes he’d called timeout before last third down: “You could tell we were in disarray”

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In the immediate aftermath of Monday’s loss to the Steelers, Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday said he felt like the offense had plenty of time on its final drive and “wasn’t too concerned” about not utilizing a timeout.

Upon further review, Saturday’s opinion has changed.

“I wish I had that third down back and in all honestly, wish I would have called a timeout,” Saturday said, via Stephen Holder of ESPN. “Looking at the film, you could tell we were in disarray.”

After taking a strip-sack on first down — which Indianapolis recovered — quarterback Matt Ryan scrambled for 14 yards to set up third-and-3. There were 59 seconds on the clock when Ryan got the snap on second down. That ran down to 34 by the time the Colts got their third-down snap off, which was stuffed for no gain.

Finally, the Colts took their first timeout with 30 seconds left before fourth-and-3. Ryan’s pass to Parris Campbell was incomplete, which sealed the Steelers’ victory.

Saturday called the situation a learning experience and said he’s holding himself accountable.

“Listen, all my coaches, whether it was Tony [Dungy], Jim Caldwell, those guys were always very transparent with the team, whether it was public or not. I believe in that,” Saturday said, via Zak Keefer of TheAthletic.com, adding that he’ll tell the players he should’ve done something differently. “Inside, I wanna make sure everybody feels that you own whatever portion is yours.

Given Saturday’s lack of coaching experience, it’s not entirely a surprise something like this happened in that situation. But in fairness, coaches with a lot more experience also routinely make clock-management mistakes.

We’ll see what happens if another situation like this comes up for Saturday over the rest of the season.

45 responses to “Jeff Saturday wishes he’d called timeout before last third down: “You could tell we were in disarray”

  1. It happens all the time, but because it’s Jeff Saturday people are making a bigger deal out of it than they should. What about that final drive for Tampa Bay? They had ALL of their timeouts, and let all of that time run off the clock while running up to the line. Call a timeout!! Doesn’t matter though, because both of those teams will be hiring new coaches next year

  2. touchback6 says:

    November 29, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    LOL!

    The cheesy honeymoon period is over. All OVER.

    ————
    Considering you’re apparently laughing all the time you should get your head checked out, see if they find anything inside 🤷‍♂️

  3. Please stop talking Mr. Saturday otherwise you might make me feel sorry for the Colts, which would be almost as bad as having empathy for the Jets or Steelers.

  4. Yes Jeff, we all noticed the Keystone Cops on offense routine, quite entertaining however!

  5. What I don’t understand is why didn’t Matt Ryan or any other player call time out?

    They had 3 of them.

  6. At least he’s owning it and didn’t throw anyone under the bus. He deserves credit for that.

  7. wow, it’s almost as if he had no experience in coaching at any level or something…

  8. I realize that it is ultimately the head coaches job to call timeouts in these situations. My question is why didn’t Matt Ryan just call it? He’s been in the league long enough to make that type of executive decision. IMO he should get very partial blame.

  9. 3 timeouts under 2 min. that’s what a coach should be ready for. one of the poorest 2 minute executions I can remember as far as time management. Clearly he should have known better he played in many of those situations.

  10. 20Rate This
    wingswbluecheese says:
    November 29, 2022 at 3:17 pm
    MNF games need to have a flexing option or you’ll get games like that.
    _____________________________________________________________________

    We get to see the Colts at Dallas on Sunday night. Why are the Colts in prime time, again? The Chiefs/Bengals game would be a great alternative for that time slot.

  11. When Hacket screwed up end-game tactics in his first game as HC of Broncos, the brass immediately appointed an end game/ clock manager to help avoid brain cramps. Will Irsay do the same?

  12. Sunday Swami says:
    November 29, 2022 at 2:42 pm
    touchback6 says:

    November 29, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    LOL!

    The cheesy honeymoon period is over. All OVER.

    ————
    Considering you’re apparently laughing all the time you should get your head checked out, see if they find anything inside 🤷‍♂️

    ———
    After refusing to live by the terms of his bet, there is definitely no “character” or “integrity” in there

  13. Matty Ice should have called the timeout. He’s running the offense not Saturday Help the coach out dude youve been playing for 25 years right??

  14. Ah yes, the Colts “tanking” for the coveted 14th pick, which is what they would currently get. These clueless patriot fans are oblivious to reality. The Colts didn’t run out of time, they ran out of downs. Why is this getting blown so far out of proportion? It’s because the media is lurking over Saturday like vultures hoping so badly he will fail. Of course they mention nothing about the Tampa coach with much worse clock management and we all know why that is

  15. The best coaches are the ones with the best QBs. Saturday and Belichick have won the same amount of Super Bowls without HOF QBs. Just facts.

  16. @charliecharger

    Before you talk “facts”, you might want to get your facts right. Belichick has eight rings with two Super Bowl rings when his team’s QB’s were non-HOFers Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler, and six rings with Tom Brady. None of Those QBs are currently in the HOF, although Tom Brady has an outside shot at being selected one day.

  17. A team built on Saturday is really not much better than one built on Monday or Friday. Perhaps Wednesday can come in with her brother Pugsley to save the day?

  18. So Jeff Saturday botched his first pressure-filled two-minute drill has HC. Then in the immediate aftermath says, “I would do it again.”

    After watching the film he saw how egregiously bad the sequence was and came out and said, “Looking back I can see that we should have done things differently.”

    He’s got five more games. Three of which are winnable. The other two are toss-ups depending on which Cowboys and Vikings teams show up. Given the way this NFL season has gone, he will get a chance to show whether or not he has actually learned from his mistakes.

  19. lasersepi says:
    November 29, 2022 at 6:05 pm
    A team built on Saturday is really not much better than one built on Monday or Friday. Perhaps Wednesday can come in with her brother Pugsley to save the day?
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    Personally, I think that they should Hyde this comment so that It doesn’t Fester.

  20. When teams get inside 2 minutes most NFL coaches tell their teams to leave the timeouts to the sideline. Ryan didn’t blow it. Saturday did.

  21. To be fair we see mind boggling time management/situational play calling from some coaches with MUCH more experience than the Colts current HC and play caller. I wouldn’t judge them too harshly here.

  22. Andy Reid is an exceptional game planner. His players have generally seemed happy to play for him. He has a superbowl ring, is still contending for another another. It’s very likely he ends up in the HOF.
    His clock management is also terrible.

  23. Jeff Saturday here is a thought from an Old Panther fan, you have a SB winning HC who’s been to the big game twice under 2 different teams Maybe , just Maybe you should listen to him a little

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