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Jeff Saturday Admits 1 Big Regret He Has About Colts' Week 12 Loss

Colts interim coach Jeff Saturday

Jeff Saturday

Jeff Saturday's shine wore off a bit on Monday night, when the Indianapolis Colts lost 24-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A day later, the Colts' interim head coach acknowledged that he made a mistake in the final minute of the game.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Saturday said he regrets not calling a timeout when the Colts were driving to try and win the game.

"Colts HC Jeff Saturday told reporters today he wishes he would have called timeout after Matt Ryan's scramble last night," Ari Meirov of Pro Football Focus tweeted. "Admits they were in 'disarray' after watching it over on film. 'It's a learning experience. I did not meet my expectations,' Saturday said."

As the clock ticked under one minute to play, quarterback Matt Ryan came up with an unlikely play when he scrambled for 14 yards on second down and 17. 

Ryan went down inbounds, meaning the clock continued to run. But the Colts, who at that point still had all three timeouts remaining, did not call one.

Nearly 30 seconds ran off the clock before the Colts snapped the ball and handed off to running back Jonathan Taylor, who got stopped for no gain. The Colts then called timeout, and Ryan's pass on fourth and three fell incomplete, giving the ball back to the Steelers and allowing them to kneel out the clock.

Saturday admitted that, in hindsight, he should have not only called a timeout to preserve time, but to allow his team to regroup and call a better play on third down. He called it "a learning experience."

It's not a shock that Saturday is experiencing some growing pains. The former Colts center had never coached in the NFL or college football prior to this season. He was working for ESPN as a television analyst when Jim Irsay hired him to replace fired head coach Frank Reich.

Prior to Monday, Saturday had done an admirable job. His Colts team beat the Las Vegas Raiders in his coaching debut and pushed the Philadelphia Eagles to the brink in a 17-16 loss a week later.

But a loss to the 4-7 Steelers, and especially one in which Saturday could have managed the end of the game better, will undoubtedly give fuel to the many vocal critics of Saturday's hire.

Saturday and the Colts will be back under the primetime microscope this week when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.