Jeff Saturday roasted after awful late-game clock management in loss to Steelers


If there was ever a honeymoon for interim Colts head coach Jeff Saturday, it seems to be all but over after his team's Week 12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on "Monday Night Football."

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A back-and-forth game ended with a thud when Saturday and the Colts seemed to botch their management of the clock during a potential game-tying drive in their two-minute offense.

The Colts essentially ran the clock out on themselves, declining to stop the clock after three consecutive plays in which they were tackled in bounds in Steelers territory. Indy still had two timeouts when it turned the ball over on downs with about 25 seconds remaining in the game.

After the game, Saturday told reporters he wasn't concerned about the clock because of his remaining timeouts.

"I thought we had plenty of time," he said.

Saturday also said he was thrown off waiting to see where the officials spotted the ball after a 15-yard scramble by quarterback Matt Ryan that was clearly a yard or two short of the first-down markers.

There's no guarantee the Colts would have scored on the fateful drive, but they certainly didn't do themselves any favors by trying to run a half-baked hurry-up offense with the 37-year-old Ryan. The final series of downs featured a sack, the Ryan scramble, a handoff for no gain, and an incomplete pass.

On social media, users were quick to pile on Saturday, whose hiring was widely panned around the NFL world. For critics of the move, Saturday's seemingly poor clock management was further proof that he wasn't ready for the job in the first place.

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