Colts owner Jim Irsay takes the Al Davis-inspired victory lap after Jeff’s rookie victory on Saturday


Indianapolis Colts proprietor Jim Irsay got here underneath appreciable strain final week to rent Jeff Saturday as interim head coach.

Now he is having fun with the fruits of his Week 10 success.

Saturday took over the NFL locker room mid-season, having by no means coached in any function on the NFL or faculty stage. He did this whereas the Colts ignored staff candidates with actual {qualifications} for the job in a league that preaches meritocracy, as minority candidates are recurrently missed for alternatives. Most of the criticisms have been justified.

From columnists to former coaches and former gamers, critics lined as much as criticize Irsay’s choice till kickoff on Sunday. Irsay heard the rumors earlier than the ink on the deal was dry, and he challenged his critics to “lay towards” the Colts’ new coach at Saturday’s introductory press convention.

“Do you wish to wager towards this man?” Irsay requested. “Put your cash on the desk, of us. I like to see that.”

Then, on Sunday, Saturday’s Colts got here out and posted a highway victory over the Las Vegas Raiders in his head teaching debut. They usually regarded good doing it.

Is Irsay doing a victory lap? You possibly can wager Irsay is using a victory lap:

That is Monday’s victory tweet. There’s so much to digest right here. There’s the “Simply win, Child!!” channeling of the late Raiders proprietor and kindred insurgent spirit, Al Davis. There’s the “honest” accusation leveled at critics that’s acquainted to anybody who has been on Twitter and witnessed an individual in energy attacking the media.

However the coup de grace is “Who You Crappin’,” which appears to reference an previous Chicago sports activities radio present with a “Who ya Crappin?” section that satirized sports activities figures, together with Irsay. Is it a criticism of this system? Is it a scream? Was Irsay a fan?

Or is it fully unrelated and simply one thing Irsay wished to tweet on Monday? It is all a part of Irsay’s allure as one among soccer’s most enigmatic executives.

Monday was not Irsay’s first race on a victory lap. He took a preview one Sunday earlier than boarding his jet in Las Vegas. It was significantly extra subdued.

And good for Irsay. Sunday went in addition to it may. Irsay may also benefit from it whereas she will. Issues aren’t going to get any simpler subsequent week when the Philadelphia Eagles come to city. And Sunday’s victory definitely did not resolve every thing that was plaguing the Colts.

But when Indianapolis manages to show its season round and make the playoffs, you too can wager this may not be the final we hear from Irsay on that entrance.

Jim Irsay is having fun with Sunday’s win. (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Submit through Getty Pictures)