Indianapolis Colts Coach Ron Meyer thought that wearing a microphone during Sunday's game at New England would provide interesting material for a pregame show this Sunday, but he certainly didn't know just how interesting.

Colts owner Robert Irsay, who has a history of such behavior in Baltimore, came down to the sideline and suggested that Meyer switch quarterbacks during the third quarter of the team's 24-0 shutout loss in Foxboro, Mass.

WISH-TV in Indianapolis revealed yesterday that Irsay said to Meyer, "You want to try Trudeau," suggesting that backup Jack Trudeau replace Hogeboom.

Meyer said: "Uh, I think that would be a mistake now, Bob. I know what you mean {but} let me get to the fourth quarter and get the wind with him."

The Colts were trailing, 17-0, at the time and facing a stiff wind that was hindering Hogeboom's throwing.

After the game, Meyer said he did not object to Irsay's presence. "He was frustrated, like the rest of us. I didn't mind him being there. He came down to the sidelines to see if he could encourage the players."

Trudeau was sent into the game with 6:21 to play, a decision Meyer made after Hogeboom threw his third interception. Meyer and Hogeboom argued over the change, which was also caught by the microphone.

"Well, I'm going with Jack here," Meyer reportedly said. "Now come on now. Just relax."But Cy Played Baseball

Hogeboom reportedly replied: "That's a bunch of bull," to which Meyer said: "I know it. I know it. Damn it. Just relax." Hogeboom then reportedly said: "I'm not going to relax."

A newspaper report in Fort Wayne, Ind. quoted the videotape as having the following dialogue. Meyer: "Listen, Cy Young got relieved. They all do at times. I didn't want to get beat any more because we've got to come back and beat Houston." . . .

Charles White, a former Southern California Heisman Trophy winner, is starting to have the best time of his pro football life, even though at the age of 29 most running backs are about to hit the downslide. He is leading the NFL in rushing with 815 yards.

After a bout with cocaine, and years of having to be a backup in Cleveland and then with the Rams, he finally got his chance to be the featured back when the Rams had to trade Eric Dickerson. "Now that I'm 'the man,' I'm just trying to take advantage of the opportunity to the fullest extent," White said Monday night after rushing 112 yards against the Redskins.

Some people are suggesting that his leading the league in rushing is a farce because he played in the replacement games while Dickerson (724 yards) did not. However, keep in mind that White got very few carries the first two weeks because he was playing behind Dickerson. Also, in the last three weeks -- since the Dickerson trade made White L.A.'s primary ball carrier -- White has rushed 379 yards while Dickerson has rushed for 409. And in one of those games, White got only 12 carries (54 yards) because the Rams were so far behind they had to throw.

"I really don't know just what I'm capable of," White said. "But I'll carry the ball as many times as they want. They'll find somebody else if I don't do it . . . " Dorsett Frustrated

Tony Dorsett, after nearly 11 years and 12,000 yards, knows the Dallas Cowboys are phasing him out of their backfield in favor of Herschel Walker. But Dorsett doesn't think he's washed up. "I haven't lost a step or one bit of ability," he told Gary Myers of the Dallas Morning News. "They're just messing with my talent . . . I can see what the trend is and I can see which way they are going. They might as well just go on and get it over with. You can see it. It's a new era now . . . "

The New York Giants no longer have the strike replacement team, which lost all three of its games, to blame for the team's failure to defend its Super Bowl championship because the regular Giants are 3-4. "If someone had come to me before the season and said we'd lose four games out of our full 16-game schedule I would have laughed in his face," the Giants' Kenny Hill said. Where would the real Giants be without the replacement games? Still behind the Bears, 49ers, Redskins, Eagles, Vikings and Saints in the NFC alone . . .

The Minnesota Vikings, if the strike games didn't count, would be tied with the Bears for first place in the NFC Central, both regular teams having 6-1 records. The Vikings have done this despite not knowing who the starting quarterback will be from week to week: Tommy Kramer, Wade Wilson or Rich Gannon. Kramer said the key to playing is to be "in the right chair when the music stops." . . .

Another sign that the New Orleans Saints are no longer the Ain'ts is linebacker Rickey Jackson's annoyance that he and Pat Swilling are being overlooked. "We're underrated," he said. "The Giants have {Lawrence} Taylor and {Carl} Banks. There's Wilber Marshall and Otis Wilson with the Bears. Out of all the groups {of outside linebackers}, me and Pat are the best in the country." . . .

Cincinnati fans and newspaper columnists have had a lot to say about Bengals Coach Sam Wyche, much of it bad and some of it worse. Now he is defending himself.

"I know what I'm doing," he said, "and I think that the people that hired me know that I know what I'm doing. And I think that the people that work with me, the position coaches, are doing a good job and know what they're doing."

The team's general manager, Paul Brown, has said only that Wyche will finish the season.

Redskins fans will remember Wyche as a patient man. He was the team's third-string quarterback in 1971-72. He got into eight games, barely, but never threw a pass. He ran with the ball once, gaining four yards.Upset Pick

With a 2-5 record this season, UP is going for the bundle this week to go to .500. Pittsburgh will slow down the Saints; San Diego will hold onto first place by beating Denver; and in a Super Bowl preview, Cleveland will go out to San Francisco and whip the 49ers.