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Saturday says he didn’t say the Colts were outcoached, even though he did

Kerry Collins, Jeff Saturday

FILE - This Sept. 18, 2011 file photo shows Indianapolis Colts quarterback Kerry Collins making a call over center Jeff Saturday in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Indianapolis. Without Peyton Manning spending 30 seconds pointing and shouting at the line of scrimmage before each play, the Steelers say they should have plenty of time on their hands. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

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On Monday, the folks at StampedeBlue.com passed along the out-of-character comments from Colts center Jeff Saturday, after Sunday night’s 62-7 slaughter by the Saints. The folks at StampedeBlue.com have now passed along Saturday’s clarification.

To summarize, Saturday says he didn’t say the Colts were outcoached. Here’s what he says he said: “I said that as a team we were outplayed, we were outcoached and there was nothing that we did better than they did yesterday.”

Brad Wells a/k/a BigBlueShoe of StampedeBlue.com goes into much more detail, in part because Saturday called Wells out by name (or, at a minimum, by Twitter handle) for the alleged misquote. The only problem is that it clearly wasn’t a misquote.

At most, the “outcoached” comment was taken out of context. But taking something out of context means lifting specific words from a broader sentence/paragraph in a way that unfairly changes their meaning. For example, if I were to say “I like marijuana to not be growing in my backyward” and someone were to seize on the words “I like marijuana” and then to claim that this means I like marijuana, my words would have been taken out of context. In Saturday’s case, “we were outcoached” can be isolated from the sentence in question without changing the meaning of the words.

So he said what he said, and he’s only drawing more attention to it by trying to suggest he didn’t say what he said.