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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