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Jeff Saturday holds 'stern' players-only meeting

Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:32 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the 0-9 Colts are the worst team in football. They've been outscored 120-24 over their past three games and the only thing Indy fans have left to cheer for is the possibility of landing Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in the upcoming draft.

But that doesn't mean the Colts are giving up on 2011 just yet. In fact, in advance of their Week 10 matchup against Jacksonville, center Jeff Saturday held a players-only meeting this week, in which he delivered a "stern" message about the team continuing to give it their all this season.

"I felt like it needed to be said and I said it," Saturday said, via Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star. "I don't want to go into the details of it."

However, rookie tackle Anthony Castonzo provided a little insight into what was said, or, at least, the tone of what was said.

"It was really stern," Castonzo said. "It was like, 'Listen, we're not joking around. We're 0-9 right now.' "

That doesn't mean Saturday was pounding his fist on a table or, um, jumping off a turnbuckle or anything. He just probably delivered the message in a similar way to how he handled lockout updates during the offseason.

"He didn't have to yell. He didn't have to scream," Reggie Wayne said, per The Star. "He didn't have to be 'Macho Man' Randy Savage. He was Jeff Saturday. That's how we took it."

Saturday said that he acquired coach Jim Caldwell's consent to hold the meeting, and it's kind of surprising that Caldwell hasn't used the respected veteran to try and push the players before. (Or not surprising, depending on how you view Caldwell, I guess.)

This Colts team has seven games left in the season to avoid the ignominy of going winless, and just two of the games can really be considered "winnable" -- this weeks' matchup against Jacksonville and Week 17's matchup against ... Jacksonville.

That's not to insult the Jaguars, but they're pretty clearly the worst team on the rest of the Colts schedule. Plus, while Jacksonville's defense is impressive this year, their offense is arguably the worst in the NFL (just behind the Colts!), and if Indy's going to stop anyone from scoring 20-plus points in a game this year, you've gotta think their best chance is against the Jags.

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Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:49 am

Jeff Saturday holds 'stern' players-only meeting

Good for Saturday! Somebody on that team had to stand up & be a leader! When you're 0-9, I would imagine it's very easy to just throw in towel and give up on the rest of the season ... but these guys are competitors! Saturday speaking for Sundays! Go out & win one for the fans of Indianapolis and avoid the embarrassment of a winless year. Let the Lions keep their crown :)

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 4:12 am

Jeff Saturday holds 'stern' players-only meeting

Stop the presses!  The 0-9 Colts had a team meeting!  We all knew that the colts didn't stand a cold chance in hell with wiinning anything without peyton!

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 1:00 am

Jeff Saturday holds 'stern' players-only meeting

Here's the Colts' problem... they never had a decent team to begin with.  Peyton Manning just made look like it was so, considering the fact that he can waste half a quarter on one drive.  Painter is proving to be a decent QB, but he can only do so much.  He has a lot of weight on his shoulders for someone who never had a start before the season.  The colts need a real defense rather than the clowns they currently have (exceptions can stay like Freeney).  They also need a better RB to get the pressure off of Painter.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:03 pm

Jeff Saturday holds 'stern' players-only meeting

This team is really lacking in talent. Outside of 6-8 players, the Colts are not close to most NFL teams in terms of talent. They can't stop the run, they are terrible against the pass. Their running backs are second rate. And that's being kind. I remember when the Patriots lost Tom Brady, they still brought it every week. And although they didn't make the playoffs, they still won 11 games.
The person most responsible for this inadequate collection of "talent" is the GM, Bill Polian. He keeps trying to sell that this team was built to play from ahead. He's been there for 12 years, and he's never had a defense that could actually compete with a good NFL offense. His drafting has for 90% of the time, has been putrid! Everywhere he's been he's gotten a franchise QB. That can cover a lot of mistakes. But now that Manning is out, for most probably the year, it shows the world how really bad HIS team is.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:33 pm

Why Now, Jeff Saturday?

I know the Colts have been trying to figure out how to win a game for the last 10 weeks, but it really is a lost cause for this season.  Peyton's absence is as clear an indication that he is the most valuable player to his team in the entire League as there has ever been.  However, the inability of the Colts' offense to score (or even move the chains) is Peyton's fault.  He is such a perfectionist and the ulimate student of the game that the playbook is so complicated that the Offensive Coordinator had to dumb-it-down for (Collins and) Painter to about one third of its size to give him a fighting chance at running that offense.  Painter never thought in a million years he'd have to start almost an entire season.  If Peyton should have to retire due to his neck injury, the entire playbook will have to be reworked no matter who is the next QB (including Andrew Luck).

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