Jeff Saturday to Make Parks Frazier Colts’ Playcaller, per Report
One of the biggest questions that Jeff Saturday needed to answer before taking to the sidelines for his first game as the Colts interim head coach was who would be calling the plays for the team. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport , Saturday seems to have his answer. As assistant quarterbacks coach Parks Frazier, Parks Frazier will assume the responsibility.
Frazier, 30, also serves as the Colts’ passing game specialist, having worked his way up the ladder since arriving in Indianapolis in 2018 as an assistant to former head coach Frank Reich. After playing quarterback at Murray State and Northeast Mississippi Community College, he worked as an assistant at Samford and Middle Tennessee State.
Saturday’s unorthodox choice will result in quite the promotion for Frazier, who will put his skills to the test come Sunday in Las Vegas.
This move continues a series by the Colts since Monday’s firing of Reich . Jim Irsay , the team owner, chose Saturday ,, a former Colts center player and current ESPN analyst, to be the interim head coach. Saturday has never coached at the college level or at the NFL level. Later in the day, Irsay cited Saturday’s inexperience to be a positive for the franchise’s future.
“I’m glad that he doesn’t know any NFL experience,” Irsay said to reporters. “I’m glad that he hasn’t learned the fear,” Irsay said to reporters. He explained that coaches who fear making mistakes often rely on analytics to make decisions.
Saturday only boasts a handful of years of coaching experience at the high school level, making Frazier actually more experienced for his play-calling position. Both will make their debuts against the Raiders in their new roles.
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