At halftime of Saturday’s Colts-Vikings game, Indy interim coach Jeff Saturday appeared destined for the permanent job after the 2022 season. Now, it’s much less clear. To put it mildly.
Saturday, one play after his team allowed 33 fourth-quarter points to the Cowboys, saw the Colts take a 33-0 lead after two quarters. The Vikings eventually tied the game at 36 before winning in overtime, 39-36.
Owner Jim Irsay will ultimately do what he wants to do. Even though the Colts have lost four straight, they did enough on Saturday to give Irsey a credulous half-hearted decision to give Saturday the job.
But even Irsay must be wondering about this one.
Sabbat had a chance to put the Colts up by 11 with 2:31 to play. He decided to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Minnesota 36 instead of attempting a field goal that would have been 53 or 54 yards.
“I felt really good about the call,” said Saturday after the game, via ESPN.com’s Stephen Holder. “We’ve changed a bunch this season and I felt like we had the matchup we wanted.”
The match was irrelevant. The Colts ran a quarterback sneak, a 37-yard signal-caller, wrinkly, skinny.
On the next play, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook completed a short pass 64 yards for a touchdown. The two-point conversion tied the game. And in the end, the Colts blew the biggest lead in the 100-plus year history of the NFL.
Whatever Saturday may hold his all-time record, that one doesn’t go away until someone surpasses 34 0r more points. And that could make it very difficult for Irsa to make Shabbat a permanent coach.