Whitlock: Colts will bring Jim Harbaugh in to replace Chuck Pagano

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Rob Ryan and Jason McIntyre join Jason Whitlock and Colin Cowherd to discuss the Colts blowout Week 1 loss in LA and the chances of a coaching change taking place.

- All right Colin, I think Pagano will be gone at some point this year. And I've got a brilliant theory on who's going to replace him. Listen, they've got Andrew Luck. Who would be the perfect coach for Andrew Luck? Jim Harbaugh. I think he's going to wear out his welcome in Michigan, like he does every place else.

I think he'll have the ultimate leverage to get paid $10, 12 million by the Colts, and they will turn the entire franchise over to Jim Harbaugh, which is what he's always been looking for, is complete control of the franchise. The Colts and Jim Harbaugh make perfect sense. You invest it, you've got this great young quarterback in Andrew Luck. I wouldn't play him at all this year. I wouldn't put him out there with that garbage they got out there and get this kid hurt. I wouldn't play him at all and I'd go with Jim Harbaugh next year.

- I don't think you're crazy, because I think they'll call and offer Harbaugh the job. I think he'll stay at Michigan. Because I think Jim really loves Michigan. And if he does go back-- and I'm not sure he would-- I don't think he would do it this quickly. Two things you're saying, I believe in. A, I think the Colts will call him. B, this is just the way it works in Pro sports. You can feel when a coach is in trouble. Like with Pagano, it doesn't feel good.

We've had that fake punt against New England that we mocked. Now, they're getting humiliated. He kind of does a George Costanza after the game and kind of butchers an obvious thing. It doesn't feel good for Chuck. And also, in this league there is a tendency now where most head coaches have an offensive background. That's the culture right now in sports. Saban's rare, Belichick's very good with the offensive sight. I kind of feel like you're right in two counts. Harbaugh will be called and Pagano is in trouble. I don't think Jim leaves Michigan this quick.

- Rob, before you go, here's my other reasoning. I think if you just want to do X's and O's and just coach football, you can only do it in the NFL. In college, there's so many more responsibilities. I think Jim Harbaugh just wants to coach football.

- Well, I mean, I think he chose to leave San Francisco where he was just coaching football, but he had all the other stuff going. But he went back to Michigan, where he loves. Remember, his dad was a college coach for 100 years and all that. They have a great coaching family. You know, that would be an unbelievable hire out there if they got him in Indianapolis. Unbelievable. But, I don't think he's going to come back. You say he gets full control, but I don't think Irsay would ever give full control to anybody. You know, so I disagree, but--

- Would he?

- He may, you know, if he did--

- He has no choice.

- More cocktail hour.

- But if he did, I mean, Harbaugh would be an unbelievable guy. I just hate this for Chuck because he's a great friend of mine, obviously.

- But you can sense--

- Oh, of course, hell yeah.

- There is a sense right now.

- Look, I've been fired.

- Like yesterday was a game. When you watched it, you were like, wow. This is one of these games were an owner decides flying home, OK, we got to right the ship on this.

- Right. But to blame this on Chuck, I mean, remember, they had the guy, the other GM, Grigson, made a complete joke of that team. But you're without luck and all this. I mean, maybe it'd do Chuck a favor just to get him to walk out of there. Because I know Chuck Pagano, he's in there every single day doing everything he can. You see him distraught, saying, the 49-- hey, it happen to anybody. But I know he's a competitor. He screwed up last year by not hiring me as the D coordinator, but hey, at least he'd have somebody in there fighting with him, because I've been fired before, and I'll damn sure go down with the ship.

- I've got to agree with the big guy. Jason, you're 100% right. Now Colin, do you remember last year? I went on your show and you made two great points about why Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck make sense. There's a third. There is a Midwest ethos in Jim Harbaugh, just like a sensibility of, we're going to beat you up at the line of scrimmage. Like a tough, blue-collar mentality that totally fits. He played for the Colts, drafted by the Bears. Jim Harbaugh is the Midwest. You know, it just feels like a perfect fit.

- Even like car racing. He's like you.

- I'm telling you, this is a no-brainer. But the question is, does he want to play for crazy Jim Irsay. And that's like, who's going to want to go play for Daniel Snyder in D.C.? You just, you don't want to go there.

- Now that's an interesting point.

- It's all in writing. When you have his leverage, you write the owner out of the decision making.

- But remember, the reason Harbaugh got whacked in San Francisco was he didn't trust the young York kid, right? So if you got burned by what you see as a crazy owner, do you go back into a impulsive owner?

- Listen, the Jets are going to be dealing with this. I know, your brother obviously knows them well. The Jets are going to be dealing with this. Woody Johnson, nobody wants to coach there.

- I don't understand that--

- They need to go--

- I think the Johnson family are good people.

- I'm sure they are, but--

- No, I think they did. I think they hired Rex. They went out on a limb, got him, a defensive coach. They gave him his first opportunity.

- Four years, he got four years.

- Remember, they called Jim Harbaugh, though, Rob. They wanted Jim Harbaugh. He's like, no way, I'm not touching you.

- Well, I mean, that doesn't mean he was right. I mean, you know, I think look, I think--

- A billion dollars would make anybody a little crazy and impulsive.

- --the biggest problem there, when they let Mike Tannenbaum go at the Jets--

- We're off topic.

- --and then brought somebody else up.

- But listen, a billion dollars would make any owner a little bit kooky or any person a little bit kooky. I think Jim Harbaugh has the leverage to get in writing all the power and control he needs in Indianapolis. It hasn't worked for Jim Irsay and them since Bill Polian kind of left. It's been on a downward spiral.

- You could make this argument, though. You know that you're as good as your quarterback.

- Sure.

- OK. So you'd inherit Andrew Luck.

- Which would be an amazing.

- Ok, that doesn't happen.

- And for a coach, they coached him.

- That's right.

- And I mean, no--

- It never happens.

- I mean, it's a fantastic point.

- Rob, you're doing great.

- Thanks. I just don't think, am I dancing again? But no.

- I don't think he'll leave Michigan.

- I don't think so either.

- I don't think he'll leave Michigan.

- I don't think so.