‘It’s one of the most disrespectful things I’ve seen in my life’: Ex-NFL star Joe Thomas tears up the Indianapolis Colts and Jeff Saturday for taking the job as head coach of drinking buddy owner Jim Irsay
- Former All-Pro Cleveland Browns OL Joe Thomas Shred Jeff Saturday, Friday
- He also did not leave Jim Irsay, owner of Indianapolis Colts, untouched during a diatribe
- Thomas called a ‘drinking buddy’ from Irsay on Saturday as an explanation for the rental
- Saturday will make his NFL coaching debut against the Vegas Raiders on Sunday
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Joe Thomas has completely gutted new Indianapolis head coach Jeff Saturday and owner Jim Irsay after the shock of the first this week.
In an announcement that shocked the NFL world Monday, Saturday was sworn in as the leader of the Colts organization after Frank Reich’s resignation.
Since then, Saturday and Indianapolis have endured a barrage of criticism, albeit no more than Thomas’ verbal flogging.
The NFL world was shocked Monday when Jeff Saturday was sworn in as Indianapolis leader
On the appearance of the NFL Network’s flagship program, Good Morning Football, live from Munich, the former Cleveland Brown took a metaphorical flamethrower to the Colts owner and coach.
“If you hire your drinking buddy to be the head coach of an NFL football team, it’s one of the most disrespectful things I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Thomas began Friday.
“You must be kidding me that this is something that Jim Irsay and Jeff Saturday—who is not innocent for taking the job—could have talked and decided it was best for the Indianapolis Colts.”
Joe Thomas was a decorated six-time first-team All-Pro during his 11-year career in Cleveland
Many media members and social media users criticized the decision for a variety of reasons, including existing members of the Colt organization who already had experience in NFL-level coaching or head coaching.
Saturday famously did not coach at the league level, nor college football. Most recently, he coached high school football in Georgia at Hebron Christian Academy.
Prior to his anchoring in the Colts hot seat, Saturday was a football analyst for ESPN. He is the first media member to switch from the broadcast chair to the headset of an NFL head coach.
Jeff Saturday showed this week that he has the courage of his convictions when he faced the media
“The disrespect that NFL coaches must feel when they saw this appointment made is greater than almost anything I can ever remember in the NFL,” Thomas continued.
“It was the most blatant thing I can remember in the NFL, and I went 1-31 my last two years.”
While Saturday may not have pro-level coaching experience, he is a six-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLI champion after an illustrious 14-year NFL career.
Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay is under massive media coverage for the appointment
Despite the outward mockery, Saturday radiated a confidence not unlike the attitude that made him a six-time Pro Bowler.
“Here’s the deal,” said Saturday this week. ‘Everyone is talking about my’ [inexperience]. I feel completely at ease in who I am as a man. I know I can lead men. I know the game of football and have a passion for it.’
“Bro, I spent 14 years in a locker room. I went to the playoffs 12 times. I have five guys in the Hall of Fame who played with [me].’
Saturday – No. 63 of the Indianapolis Colts in action against the Baltimore Ravens in 2008
‘Do you think I have not seen greatness? You don’t think I’ve seen how people prepare, how they coach, how they [manage]how they work
“I mean, won a Super Bowl, been twice. Here’s the deal, man. None of us have been promised a good job.
“I might be terrible at this and after eight games I’ll say, ‘God bless you. I am not good. I may be very good at it. I have no idea, but I’m certainly not going to back down.’