Indianapolis Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday took exception to the snow angel celebration New York Giants rookie defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux put on display during the Week 17 game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
After sacking Colts quarterback Nick Foles at the end of the second quarter, Thibodeaux immediately went into a snow angel celebration directly next to Foles, who was writhing around in pain.
Whether he truly knew Foles was injured can be up for debate. Thibodeaux said following the game he didn’t know Foles was hurt and once he noticed it, he ended the celebration. Though there’s definitely an argument the rookie’s celebration lasted far too long, regardless.
When speaking to the media Monday, Saturday took exception to Thibodeaux’s actions, calling them “tasteless” and “trash.”
Colts QB Nick Foles will not play in the team's season finale Sunday vs. Houston.
"Really sore … lot of pain," says interim HC Jeff Saturday.
Calls the Thibodeaux celebration "tasteless and trash."
Adds he's disappointing the Colts linemen didn't step up in that setting.
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) January 2, 2023
The other issue stemming from the entire situation was the lack of concern or confrontation from the Colts offensive line. The unit simply stood around Foles while watching Thibodeaux go through his celebration.
Saturday expressed extreme disappointment in the unit for their lack of action and told the media it’s something they will address.
Jeff Saturday on Kayvon Thibodeaux’s celebration after the Nick Foles sack/injury:
“Tasteless from the celebration afterwards. Just trash. Not a fan of that at all.”
Says he will discuss with the OLine about protecting their QB. He didn’t like how the #Colts handled it either.
— Angela Moryan (@SidelineStormer) January 2, 2023
For those who may have missed it, here’s a clip of the situation:
Kayvon Thibodeaux with sack No. 4 on the season.
And doing some snow angels too while Nick Foles is in pain; hopefully he’s okay as he is carted off. pic.twitter.com/k2cH0xp2cO
— Doug Rush (@TheDougRush) January 1, 2023
Colts fans will certainly take exception to Thibodeaux’s celebration, regardless of whether they believe he knew Foles was injured.
But the biggest issue comes from the lack of confrontation from the offensive line. It’s an indictment of how far the Colts have fallen from what was once considered a strong culture in the locker room, especially from the outside looking in.
The Colts have major issues to deal with this offseason as they enter another rebuild, and Sunday’s embarrassing loss, coupled with the team’s lack of fire, was just another showing of how far they continue to fall.