Nick Saban is probably the best coach in college football right now. The Cleveland Browns might be one of the worst teams in professional football right now. Sounds like a match that doesn’t make sense. However, the newest NFL rumors have Saban possibly leaving Alabama to take the job in Cleveland.
A report on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan on Tuesday afternoon states that the Browns will make a hard push for Saban, even though incumbent Pat Shurmur is only in his second season with the team.
Saban played college ball just outside of Cleveland, at Kent State, in the early 1970s and served as the Browns’ defensive coordinator from 1991 to 1994 under Bill Belichick. Perhaps Browns fans rationalize that Saban misses life in northern Ohio despite consistently saying that he will never return to the NFL.
First off, let us not get too carried away here. Shurmur is still the guy in charge in Cleveland, but that might not be for long. An ownership change is never a good sign for the current regime. Shurmur may be in a bad spot and this certainly will not help.
I would be shocked if Saban makes the jump but money does talk. If Bama brings home another national championship, he might get the itch to jump back to the big leagues. If you win back to back titles in college, I think you can probably jump to the pros.
This will be something to keep an eye on in the coming months. Nothing like rumors to get the blood flowing.