Hey Colt fans, I'm a long time reader first time poster and I wanted to address the idea that the Colts could land Jim Harbaugh. It's a weird topic to write about due in large part that the 49ers have been a playoff team ever since his arrival, but recent news stated that he was about to get shipped to the Browns for an undisclosed amount of draft picks which could indicate that he wants out. I understand that we have Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson (both of which seem to have Irsay's full support) but with two of the top three draft picks going to the AFC South will the Colts be able to stay on top of it's divison?
The main reason why Jim Harbaugh could not being resigned to the 49ers would be due to his demands for a more lavish contract; the likes of Belichick and Carroll, and the desire for more roster control. The Colts would be a great and sensible fit for both sides for several reasons: Jim has already coached Luck at Stanford and it would keep Luck in a system he has familiarity with. If the colts take a step back Irsay might want a different take on the roster moves by having Harbaugh’s insight along with Grigson’s. I bring this up because the Chudzinski hire may have been for that exact reason.
Grigson has made several decent FA pick ups but does have a habit of trading future draft picks. Mortgaging the future on such players as 2.9 ypc Trent Richardson and on the potential two year rental, Vontae Davis. Those risky moves could land Grigson on the Hot Seat if both players either leave or don't pan out. Now Pagano was brought in to help the Defense and even though most people are grabbing pitchforks and torches hoping he gets exiled he's taken a defense that ranked 28th in points allowed per game to 15th in two years. Some might attribute that to Grigson's FA pick ups while others look at the weak division the colts play in to skew the numbers. Either way with the "easiest schedule in football" the colts can not afford to take a step back
The Colts have gotten very good/lucky to get 11 wins twice after a 2-14 season. but to have anything less than 10 wins would be a step in the wrong direction. After winning the Division with an 11-5 record, the Colts now must face the Bengals, Broncos, Patriots, Ravens, Steelers, and Eagles all of which are playoff caliber teams. When the Texans had a serviceable QB they won the division. Could they only be a Bortles, Bridgewater, or Manziel away from contention? Will the Jaguars finally leave the NFL cellar and go QB as well; or will they take the best Defensive player in this years draft and try to solidify one side of the field? If the Colts do take a step back and Harbaugh is available I expect the Coaching Carousel to continue spinning.