Newly-hired Colts' interim Jeff Saturday is 1-1 in his last two games as a head coach.
Despite falling to the Fellowship Christian Paladins in his last high school coaching appearance, Saturday silenced his doubters Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts shocked the NFL world by defeating the Las Vegas Raiders, 25-20.
In response to Jeff Saturday winning in his NFL head coaching debut, Colts' legend Edgerrin James took to twitter to congratulate him on a job well done.
"Jeff Saturday with the W….. go @colts. This is America… FYI: 5 presidents had never been elected to public office before becoming president: Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Donald Trump," James tweeted Sunday evening.
Several NFL analysts were quick to criticize the Colts for their hire of Saturday, noting his lack of professional coaching experience compared to other assistants in Indianapolis.
Whether Sunday's win was a case of "beginner's luck" or a sign of things to come, it's hard to overlook the improvements shown by the Colts on several fronts against Las Vegas.
Indianapolis rushed for a season-high 207 yards in Week 10, highlighted by Jonathan Taylor's 147 yards on a staggering 6.7 yards per carry. Matt Ryan was an efficient 21 of 28 passing, throwing for 222 yards and a touchdown while adding a score on the ground, as well.
Jeff Saturday's victory in his first game as an NFL head coach prompted Edgerrin James to include an interesting tidbit at the end of his congratulatory post.
He noted that five former Presidents - Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Donald Trump - took over the Chief Executive role before ever being elected to public office.
While President of the United States and NFL head coach are two vastly different positions, Saturday has certainly made a strong opening statement as interim in Indianapolis.
His next test, though, will be much more difficult as the 4-5-1 Colts will take on the undefeated Eagles in Week 11.