Twitter Blasts Colts’ Jeff Saturday for ‘Awful’ Clock Management in Loss to Steelers

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVNovember 29, 2022

Indianapolis, Indiana - November 28: Head Coach Jeff Saturday Of The Indianapolis Colts Looks On Against The Pittsburgh Steelers During The First Quarter In The Game At Lucas Oil Stadium On November 28, 2022 In Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo By Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

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Jeff Saturday, interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, may struggle with clock management.

The Colts trailed 24-17 after all three timeouts. However, they got the ball back with 3 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Monday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They had to take over at their line of 7 yards, but they made it to the Pittsburgh 37 for 4th and 3 with only two minutes left.

Indianapolis converted but the problem was Saturday’s inability to keep the clock running. Alex Highsmith stripped Matt Ryan of his jersey on the next play, and then he scrambled 14 yards for second down. After an unsuccessful running play on third-and-3, the seconds continued to drain until Saturday when Ryan was called for his first timeout. The Colts were left with just 30 seconds remaining.

Poor clock management was made less important when Ryan’s incomplete fourth-down pass to Parris Campbell became irrelevant. It caught the attention of NFL Twitter and was not well received.

Kevin Bowen @KBowen1070

It is difficult to see the clock.

br_betting @br_betting

Jeff Saturday taking three timeouts, and letting one minute go by the clock

Rich Eisen @richeisen

Saturday let the clock roll like he didn’t have a timeout left.

It is not possible.

Bryan Fischer @BryanDFischer

Jeff Saturday will keep those timeouts until next Sunday.

Dejan Kovacevic @Dejan_Kovacevic

Jeff was just informed Saturday by someone about timeouts.

Will Brinson @WillBrinson

You won’t have enough time Saturday to get the ball back. CALL YOUR TIMEOUTS, MY GOODNESS MAN

Clarence Hill Jr @clarencehilljr

This clock management. Sheesh

Luke Easterling @LukeEasterling

Jeff Saturday is here with the Todd Bowles clock-management strategy

Ethan Cadeaux @Ethan_Cadeaux

Jeff Saturday’s clock management is exactly what I’d expect for a head coach with no prior experience in his third game at the helm

Freezing cold Takes @OldTakesExposed

Saturday defended his use of timeouts, or the lack thereof.

“I thought that we had plenty of time. He said he wasn’t worried. According to reporters Ryan’s scramble took about 30 seconds. “We had plenty timeouts. “This wasn’t a press for more time.”

CBS Sports @CBSSports

Jeff Saturday on why he didn’t use timeouts for the Colts final drive

“I didn’t believe that time was important.”


Even so, it’s not ideal to end a one-score match with two timeouts. Even if they had converted on fourth down the Colts wouldn’t had much time.

It’s the sort of moment that critics of Saturday’s hiring after Frank Reich was fired—given that Saturday had no head coaching experience in the NFL or college—will point to as justification for their skepticism.

Although the Colts were not in dire need of a game-tying effort, they could have been if they had been more dreadful in their first half, which ended with the Steelers winning 16-3. Ryan performed better in the second quarter, leading two scoring drives. However, Ryan still finished 22-of-24 for 199 yard and a touchdown with an intercept and a touchdown.

The Colts are now 4-7-1 and can’t afford to lose a game like this. They might need to win to have any chance of making the playoffs.

In the NFL, it is important to pay attention to all details, especially when dealing with end-of-game situations. Although a crucial fourth down failed to be converted on Saturday, the clock management that led up to it raised eyebrows.


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