PAT MCAFEE has clearly taken a back seat to recent criticism of the Indianapolis Colts, their owner Jim Irsay and interim head coach Jeff Saturday.
Following last week’s surprise appointment on Saturday, everyone involved in the decision faced waves of media criticism due to their new coach’s lack of NFL coaching experience.
Among those most vocal in speaking out against hiring the former Super Bowl-winning center were former All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas, Hall of Fame coach Bill Cowher and Good Morning Football host Kyle Brandt.
And during his show on Monday, following Indy’s 25-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, McAfee lashed out at Thomas and company.
McAfee admitted, “It was a bit difficult to sit here and relax and not just because of Jeff Saturday, a friend of mine, a former teammate who took over the Indianapolis Colts team that was completely inept prior to this week, going all the way to banana land.
“It was difficult not to just dive into the hypocrisy of the fucking losers on TV who felt the need to be puppets.”
McAfee, a former All-Pro player for the Colts, then went one-by-one, speaking out against each of those three prominent critics of Saturday’s appointment.
He said: “I don’t think Joe Thomas is a villain. I think he’s a puppet, I don’t think he’s a villain.
Referring to former Super Bowl-winning coach Cowher, whom he described as someone who “did a lot of great things for Pittsburgh,” he pointed out that Cowher himself had been appointed at a young age.
McAfee explained, “He got hired in his hometown at 34 to be the head coach of the damn Pittsburgh Steelers.
“So maybe if he caught a bunch of fire when he got hired because he didn’t deserve and deserve the job he took and he wants to project that onto Jeff Saturday now, he can take that on with himself.
“But Bill Cowher, shut up, dude. He said, ‘Why didn’t John Fox get the job? Why didn’t Gus Bradley get the job?’ It’s their first year in the building and to be honest the team has stunk since they got there.”
This comes after Cowher called the hiring “a disgrace to the coaching profession” on Saturday CBS.
With Saturday showing up on his show shortly after his tirade, McAfee is clearly siding with Saturday and Irsay.
And the 35-year-old appeared to point out why he feels entitled to support Saturday, saying: “Jeff Saturday gets a whole group buying into it. Jeff Saturday could potentially be the next blueprint for what teams could do to hire ex-players.”
He went on to explain, “I believe this will help with minority coaching percentages in the NFL where former players are able to quickly advance to more important positions instead of having to wait and do bulls**t.” that you should do when you are 22, 23, 24, 25 meters old.
“Instead, they’re in their 30s because they’ve had a very productive NFL football career.”
In his closing argument on this epic tirade, McAfee noted that he “liked everything he did (Saturday)” — specifically noting his decision to start quarterback Matt Ryan and the improved offensive line and running play Back Jonathan Taylor.
And in a recent dig, McAfee explained, “I think it was a great day to remind those people who come on TV and just echo feelings they’re supposed to say like parrots and puppets, like you’re allowed to to think outside the box box.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6684653/pat-mcafee-calls-out-thomas-brandt-cowher-saturday/ Pat McAfee is calling Joe Thomas, Kyle Brandt and Bill Cowher for criticizing Colt’s hiring of Jeff Saturday as a coach