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Colts fire head coach Frank Reich, hire former star Jeff Saturday

The Indianapolis Colts are off to a disappointing start, quickly leading the team to make a significant change.

The Colts announced the firing of head coach Frank Reich in his fifth year at the helm of the franchise. The 60-year-old accumulated a 40-33-1 regular-season record and a 1-2 mark in the two playoff appearances.


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Under Reich, Indianapolis struggled to find consistency, putting a different starting quarterback under center after Andrew Luck’s unexpected retirement before the 2019 campaign. The Colts haven’t taken any notable steps toward Super Bowl contention. As a result, the team has a 3-5-1 record through the first nine weeks of this season.

The offense hasn’t excelled as hoped with Matt Ryan under center, leading Reich to put Sam Ellinger as the starter. The Colts are sitting two games behind the Tennessee Titans for the top spot in the AFC South.

The move comes in conjunction with naming former star center Jeff Saturday as the interim head coach. The six-time Pro Bowler spent the bulk of his career with the Colts and was previously serving as an in-studio NFL analyst for ESPN.

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Saturday has previous experience as the head coach for Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Georgia, for three seasons. Although the Colts have hit a bit of a road bump, the team still has plenty of time to turn it around and push its way into playoff contention.

The change in direction could be what finally steers the ship in the right direction from a subpar start.

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