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Sunday, December 4, 2022
JEFF SATURDAY TALK TO TONY DUNGE ON TONIGHT’S FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA
“Quite a whirlwind. I still think I’m having a hard time catching my breath. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.” – Saturday, taking over as the Colts’ interim head coach
“My life was changed because of the Indianapolis Colts, so to pay it back in any way, that was the ultimate decision maker.” – on Saturday
“It’s my job to create and convey the vision, the direction, and then hold the guys accountable…” – Saturday for his role
Colts-Cowboys coverage begins with Football night in America 7 p.m. ET; Kickoff follows at 8:20 PM ET on NBC, Peacock and Universo
STAMFORD, USA – December 4, 2022 – Before tonight’s game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday Night FootballIndianapolis Colts Interim Head Coach Jeff Saturday spoke with a Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dunneywho was the head coach of the Colts for seven seasons and won Super Bowl XLI, par Football night in Americawhich begins at 7:00 PM ET on NBC and Peacock.
Saturday, who played center for Dangy in Indianapolis, discussed his whirlwind hiring in Indianapolis, his reaction to his hiring, what he’s learned so far and more. Click here to watch the full interview, parts of which will air tonight FNIA. Below are highlights from the FULL interview:
About the Colts interim head coach position
“Quite a whirlwind. I still think I’m having a hard time catching my breath. I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been a lot of fun, but again, just unexpected, and so I’m trying to catch up and figure it out on the fly. It has had its challenges, some of which I have really enjoyed and some of which have been a little different than I expected.
For discussing the job offer with his wife, Karen, and ultimately accepting it
“She said, ‘Are you crazy?’ (laughs) Are you sure or crazy? … I think that’s what ultimately led me to care about this organization. I don’t think people can fathom how much you care about something you’ve been a part of. You know, my coming of age was forged here in this building… It was our family away from our family for so long and knowing everybody and just the confidence that I felt that if I could help in any way, I really felt it. I told the guys when I came here because I care… My life was changed because of the Indianapolis Colts and to pay it back in some way… that was the ultimate decision maker.
About what he thought he could bring to the team
“Responsibility. Because I consulted with them…I knew what was going on. And I just knew my personality from the point of view of energy, from the point of view of responsibility. What I was probably most concerned about was the coaches and how would they react? So I felt pretty strongly that I could attract players because I’ve lived that life and I know how important it is. What I didn’t know was the side you (Duney) lived in, of your (coach’s) life.
On what he told the coaches in his first meeting
“I hope you all understand, I’m here to empower you… I’m not the smartest coach by any means, I don’t pretend to know things I don’t know. I’ll ask you for help, I’ll ask you for your opinion, and I don’t have a problem if you look at me and say, “Hey, that’s not right or I see it differently.” And I’m taking it from you, that doesn’t mean I’m going to change my mind (laughs), right? Because I learned that from you (Dungy), we had a lot of discussions where you would listen to me and you would shake your head and say, “I understand, I respect your thoughts. I won’t do it that way.”
For his leadership with players and coaches
“I made sure everyone felt comfortable that we were together and that this was a team. I wholeheartedly believe that my job is to support them from a day-to-day perspective, from an organizational perspective, that’s my job to create and drive the vision, direction and then holding the guys accountable as much as I can. making sure they do what the coaches tell them to do.
On evaluating the players and his expectations for this team
“You and I both know that when competition starts, enthusiasm and energy quickly follow. I’m not a guy who is all about the look of scripts. I want to put people in the most uncomfortable positions they can be in. Whether it was you or Jim Caldwell, I’ve watched these processes work and my conversation with all of them, with the coaches and the players, does this process matter. It’s not magical, it’s not going to happen tomorrow, is it? In terms of expectations, I have very realistic expectations. There is a lot of work to be done, but the process is important… It is simple, but it is not easy. This is my belief in what I do.
To his biggest surprise since joining the job
“Anxieties. And when I say it, I say it as kindly as possible, but these things (laughs), right? All this, all this extra that is asked of you, takes you away from the meetings. And then, probably the biggest thing I had to learn – and was told that (Colts GM Chris) Ballard, Mike Tannenbaum that’s what a lot of guys told me Bill Polian – they said that you expect from your players because you are able to instill it in your players because it is not the norm. So if you have an expectation that these guys are going to do it like that, you have to teach them and train them because it’s not second nature.
Football night in America is visiting Maria Taylor and features a Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dunneytwo-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrisonformer NFL head coach Jason Garrettformer NFL quarterback Chris SimmsNFL Insider Mike Florioand a pioneer of the fantasy sports industry Matthew Barry. This week’s show is also co-hosted Jack Collinsworth.
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