Saban could emerge as Cleveland Brown’s top coaching target

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Nick Saban to the Cleveland Browns just used to be a rumor every other team in the SEC would dream upon, but it’s starting to look like it could conceivably happen.

The organization parted ways with former general manager Mike Holmgren after Tennessee booster Jimmy Haslam purchased the team.

Now, according to a report from the Boston Globe, Haslam may hire NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi as the next GM. Lombardi and Saban worked together in Cleveland in the 90s when Saban was the defensive coordinator and Lombardi was the Director of Player Personnel, and the report stated that Saban made it known about his possible return to the NFL.

According to the NFL sources, Saban has let it be known that if he returns to the NFL — where he flopped, going 15-17 with the Dolphins from 2005-06 — it would likely be with Lombardi playing Pioli to his Belichick.

Nick’s wife Terry strongly denied her husband’s interest in returning to the NFL last week.

“To answer your question and get right to the point, no,” she said. “We’re very comfortable here. We love it here. It’s a great fit for our family. It’s a good fit for me. As far as we’re concerned, this is where we’ll retire someday.

“As far as jobs go, this is it for us. I don’t mean to be presumptuous. I would have to talk this over with Nick, but as far as I’m concerned, this is it.”

Saban has already reached the pinnacle of success in the college game. Another Championship – his 3rd in 4 years – would be icing on the cake.

While Alabama fans like to believe Saban will stay in Tuscaloosa forever, the reality is that coaching Alabama is a job for Saban. Coaches are not driven by an emotional attachment to a school like fans often think. Guys like Saban, who are smart and work hard to be the best at what they do, often look to the next challenge. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Saban look to another challenge.

Regardless of Saban’s coaching future, he’s not going to coach at Alabama forever. The best answer for fans is to simply enjoy the run while it lasts.

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  • While I agree that coaches like Saban aren’t attached at an emotional level to “their” universities, I don’t see him wanting to take that next challenge at Cleveland playing the Steelers and Baltimore two times every year. Plus, I just don’t think his coaching style fits the NFL and working with NFL players. But he’s done it before.

  • That may explain why Kirby Smart didn’t leave Alabama for another university. He knows the Alabama HC job will be vacant soon.

  • Well he did it to LSU, then Miami and now……we will see and how many lies he throws out there!….As I always said….he’s in for the challenge (natural for him) he didnt succeed once and he will try again because it’s eating him away. Good luck Coach!

    • If someone is stupid enough to ask a question that they know cannot be answered, I guess they are stupid enough to be offended that they got lied to. That’s what kills about people like you throwing out the “lies” thing.

  • The reality is that he said he didn’t like the NFL because you couldn’t get a competitive advantage.. Has that somehow changed? if anything its worse in the NFL now than it was back then.. you can’t practice your players, the parity doesn’t allow you to recruit players, drafts, salary caps.. cannot be as fun as being at Alabama and building a dynasty.

  • Jon Cooper obviously has nothing much to write about this week as this is just mindless ramblings of someone who has a deadline to meet and throws this stuff out there without one iota of fact to base it on.

  • IF Saban leaves, or WHEN I would hope that the fans of Alabama will allow him to leave the way he came in….with dignity, respect, love, and warm wishes. I feel lucky every year when Nick walks back out on the field. Just as with his players and other coaches, he DESERVES to be allowed to take on greater challenges, if he wishes. I’ve heard Nick say too many times that his players and assistants should pursue better things, if they wish. Look at the number of underclassmen have went on to great careers in the NFL because of his nudge. HE deserves the same. Thank you, Coach Saban, for all you have done to this point to make us, once again, the greatest football program in the country. We want YOU to be happy, no matter where. Hopefully, we will either promote or find another that will fill your shoes (Maybe even Kirby!)

  • “Regardless of Saban’s coaching future, he’s not going to coach at Alabama forever. The best answer for fans is to simply enjoy the run while it lasts.”
    LOL Seriously? No way. We landed on the Moon!

  • You should know that none of the fans in Cleveland, including myself, want Saban.