Jeff Saturday defended his clock management in the final minutes of the Indianapolis Colts' loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
Saturday decided against taking a timeout until 30 seconds remained in regulation of the 24-17 loss because he "didn't feel like time was really of the essence at that moment."
The Colts were in a bit of a frantic situation, facing fourth-and-3 from the Pittsburgh 37-yard line at the two-minute warning. After converting, Matt Ryan was sacked for a 7-yard loss on first down then scrambled for 14 yards on second down.
The second-down play was snapped with 59 seconds remaining, but the Colts elected not to call a timeout despite possessing all three of their timeouts. They instead used a slow approach, snapping the ball late into the play clock then handing the ball to Jonathan Taylor, who was stopped for no gain on a third-and-3.
A timeout was then called.
"I thought we had a good play," Saturday said. "And I felt like we would get it. Obviously, we didn't do a great job [blocking] on the backside, so it's worse. But I felt good about the call before. Felt like we had time, we would have timeouts afterwards. We were in striking distance. So, I never felt like the pressure of needing the timeout.
"We just didn't execute it."