Jim Harbaugh’s potential to jump ship for the NFL is still a hot topic for talking heads, even if Michigan’s coach has attempted to shut down the idea.
Rich Eisen defended Harbaugh Thursday in an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. Here’s the transcript between Eisen, a Michigan alum who served as an honorary captain for the team last season, and Patrick:
Eisen: “I think he’s staying for awhile. I really do. From the fact that he’s a guy on that campus that despite disappointing results — there’s no other way to put it — certainly this year nobody saw a 5-loss season coming, that he still has the ability to get the kids who he wants and be the guy on campus that he wants to be and live next door to his parents, and his kids grow up the same way that he grew up. And, I think you can’t discount that. You cannot discount that, and I think he has an intense will to win at this school and it hasn’t worked out yet, and I don’t think he’s going anywhere. I really don’t.”
Patrick: “I didn’t see him going anywhere, but then he’s not going anywhere at Michigan, either.”
Eisen: “Well, not yet. I mean, he hasn’t got a quarterback yet.”
Patrick: “He’s a quarterback. He should get a quarterback. I mean, come on.”
Eisen: “You’re not wrong, and everybody is hoping in maize-and-blue country that Shea Patterson, this kid they got from Ole Miss, is going to get his waiver and get on the field this year and be the guy that Harbaugh needs. Like I said, trust me, I hear it from all of my Michigan friends and compadres, certainly when Michigan loses to Ohio State when the backup quarterback who hardly played a lick all year comes in and starts winging it all over the building in a manner that none of the backup quarterbacks from Michigan looked like this year, and everyone is like ‘Why don’t we have one of those around?’ All that said, the defense has been spectacular and if the offense hadn’t three-and-outed them on the field so darn much, they’d have a much better record this year.”
Eisen: “But I believe in Harbaugh. I really, really do.”
Eisen makes no bones about his Michigan fandom. Here’s his Twitter profile:
Are his points valid? I’ll leave that to you guys in the comments.