Who is the greatest coach, Nick Saban or Bear Bryant? Paul Finebaum says 2020 title 'removes any doubt'
The question about whether Nick Saban is the greatest coach of all time, and above Alabama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant has been answered. At least according to ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum.
Finebaum shared his thoughts during a discussion with Mike Greenberg and Rece Davis on ESPN’s “Get Up.”
“It removes any doubt, Greeny,” Finebaum said. “Paul Bryant was one of the most legendary figures in all of sports history. But he won six titles over a 25-year period. He also won it in a subjective world where you depended on wire service polls and there was one year when Alabama won a national championship in 1973, one of the polls gave Alabama the national championship after the regular season. They played Notre Dame in a one versus two matchup and Alabama lost, but he still claimed one.”
In a lot of ways, it’s a tale of two different eras.
“It’s so different,” Finebaum said. “Saban is winning it in the Playoff era, where one mistake in the semifinals and you’re gone, as he found out in 2014. I think it’s an interesting debate.”
Finebaum shared that he spoke with Bryant’s grandson, who said that Saban is the greatest football coach of all time.
Davis added that Saban has done it because of his relationship with players, and they feel like he has their best interest at heart. Davis mentioned Jalen Hurts was at the game and celebration in Miami even though he finished his career at Oklahoma.
Finebaum added that this is Saban’s greatest championship team, mostly because of the offense because he’s had better defenses.
“This offense is unparalleled,” Finebaum said.