With the Indianapolis Colts set to hire a new head coach this offseason, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has become a big name to watch.
The Indianapolis Colts shocked everyone when they hired Jeff Saturday to be the team’s interim head coach after firing Frank Reich. With Indy set to undergo a full coaching search once the season ends, no one would be surprised if Indy hired another former Colts player to officially be the team’s head coach. The specific former player in question is Jim Harbaugh, who is a member of the Colts Ring of Honor.
While Harbaugh is a former player, he has been coaching in college and the NFL for the last two decades and he’s currently the head coach for the No. 2-ranked Michigan Wolverines football team. While things are going great for him at the collegiate level, many assume Harbaugh will entertain the idea of coming back to the pros. If he does, his former team, the Colts, will certainly be after him.
Will Jim Harbaugh entertain interest from the Colts?
Harbaugh is in a rhythm at Michigan right now. After struggling early in his time at Michigan to beat Ohio State and win the Big Ten, Harbaugh and the Wolverines just defeated the Buckeyes for the second straight season and won back-to-back Big Ten championships. They also punched their ticket to their second consecutive College Football Playoff appearance. With Harbaugh’s success in college and previous success in the NFL, it makes sense that many teams would be interested in getting him back into the league.
There was a chance it was going to happen last season when Harbaugh was a candidate for the Minnesota Vikings but that fell through and Harbaugh made the bold claim that he was closing the door on returning to the NFL. But as everyone who follows sports knows, words mean nothing, only time will tell people’s true intentions. Will Harbaugh really turn down Jim Irsay if Irsay went to Indy’s own Captain Comeback and asked him to lead the Colts back to relevance?
Everyone will have to wait and see. The Colts need a head coach, and it’s safe to assume that they will explore Jim Harbaugh as a possibility. However, Harbaugh does have a good thing going at Michigan and he may want to keep things rolling in Ann Arbor. The coming offseason will let us know Harbaugh’s desires.