Colts owner Jim Irsay did the trick Decision to hire Sources say former Pro Bowl center Jeff Irsay tried to talk the team’s interim head coach on the advice of his team’s top executives on Saturday.

It was the latest power move by the passionate and sometimes emotional Irsay, who also drives Benching Veterans Quarterly Matt Ryan Two weeks before Irsay He was fired Head coach Frank Reich on November 7, sources.

A member of the Colts’ Ring of Honor and Super Bowl XLI winning team, Saturday never coached beyond high school and was recently hired as a TV analyst by ESPN. Sources say he has natural leadership qualities which he has already shown as he navigates the unprecedented situation with the coaches and players in preparing the team for today’s game. On the Raiders in Las Vegas.

But the unusual enclosure drew intense scrutiny both inside and outside the building.

Colts president Pete Ward and general manager Chris Ballard, among others, have spoken with Irsay about the arrest, sources say. The Colts have former head coaches John Fox and Gus Bradley on their staff as well as a rising star in special teams coordinator Bubba Ventron. But sources say Irsay was hellbent on hiring Saturday, who said Irsay once called him. Last Sunday loss To the Patriots to ask about Indianapolis’ problems on the offensive line.

Within 24 hours, Irsay called Rich — whose wife stayed in the Boston area after the game — to let him know he was leaving. Ballard spoke to the team about the decision. And Irsay convinced Saturday that he had prayed for him and decided he was called to Indianapolis for a reason and decided to take the job.

Among the first jobs Saturday was knowing who to call offensive plays and offensive coordinator Marcus Brady as Reich performed those duties. Shoot on November 1. Sources say quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich has turned down a contract offer without any upgrades. So, the colts upside down For 30-year-old passing game specialist/assistant quarterbacks coach Parks Frazier, who is considered the best young coach but has never called a play in the NFL and will make his debut Sunday in tough situations.

He spoke at his first press conference on Monday evening Sam Ehlinger He will get his third NFL start on Sunday against the Raiders. But Ryan — who suffered a shoulder injury while sitting out — will be active for the first time since the switch. If things don’t go well, another QB change isn’t out of the question, according to sources.

The 47-year-old held his first team meeting Wednesday and reiterated much of what he said in his press conference: He started the job because he loves the Colts, he’s counting on the coaching staff to help him and he’s not afraid to make the team. The next eight games, maybe more.

“Here’s the deal: I’m totally comfortable being a guy,” Saturday He told reporters. Wednesday. “I know I can lead guys. I know the game of football and I’m excited. You’re as qualified as anybody. I’m not worried. Bro, I’ve spent 14 years in the locker room. I’ve been to the playoffs 12 times. Five dudes playing with me are in the Hall of Fame. They said to me, don’t you think I’ve seen greatness? Don’t you think I’ve seen how people prepare? How they coach, how they GM? How they work? I’ve won (one Super Bowl), been to two.

“Here’s the deal, none of us are promised to do a good job. I could be terrible at it, and after eight games I’d say, ‘God bless you, I’m not good.’

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