Don't Buy Into the Saban to NFL Rumors

By Allen Faul
Daniel Shirey-US Presswire

Ah, the rumors continue.

First there was a report in the Boston Globe that was later picked up by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in a blog post that linked University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban to the Cleveland Browns head coaching job.  It is not the first time this rumor has circulated, as a similar one was started weeks back.

While the money would most certainly be right and the stars could be aligned in just the way that would make it all possible, the thing is I don’t see it happening. It was less than a year ago when Saban signed an extension to stay at Alabama through 2019, when he added this quote from an Associated Press report.

“From my standpoint, the acceptance of this extension represents our commitment … to the University of Alabama for the rest of our career,” Saban said. “We made that decision after the season when other people were interested.”

Stop. Go back for a minute and re-read that. “We made that decision after the season when other people were interested.”

In short there is plenty of interest in the Alabama head coach, but the feeling is not mutual.  The only thing any of these rumors mean is that Saban is one of the best in the business and people have taken notice of what he has built in Tuscaloosa.

But as I have mentioned before, a move at this stage of his career would make no sense.  Saban is well in his sixties and while I don’t doubt he could, I don’t see him packing up to start again somewhere else. Not only is he starting to get older, but lest we forget that his family’s fit in the college game was as big of a reason as any for coming to Alabama.

Prestige? Just stop it. I am hard-pressed to think of a coach in the NFL that carries the same weight, the same “rock star” status that Saban does in the college game.   If I asked a group of 10 random people on the street right now who the best coach in the NFL was, I’d probably get about 4-5 different answers.

If I asked that same question about the best college football coach, there would only be one answer-Saban.  Make no mistake about it, college is where his legacy is.

When Nick Saban landed in Tuscaloosa in January of 2007, there were some experts that speculated he wouldn’t be with the Crimson Tide for more than a few years.  Turns out speculation sometimes doesn’t come true.

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