This story was published on Nov. 13, 2015.
There are few constants in sports. The dominance of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The annual collapse of Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. The solid play of Tim Duncan. The low payroll of the Miami Marlins. The weird fetish that Nick Saban is destined to ditch Alabama for another NFL job.
Yep the rumors have returned after Pro Football Talk relayed a conversation had on Mad Dog Talk Radio that claimed that Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay may try to lure Saban away from the Crimson Tide.
Saban is without a doubt, the greatest coach in the college ranks right now (although Urban Meyer is not far behind) and is seemingly the desire of most NFL owners.
Bob Kravitz, a highly respected Indianapolis journalist said that he has heard that Irsay wants to make a big change at the head coaching position.
“Jim Irsay does not believe that Chuck Pagano is the guy who can take him to where he wants to go,” Kravitz said in the interview with Mad Dog Radio. “He’s talking about not just one Super Bowl, but multiple Super Bowls in the Andrew Luck era.”
Kravitz also said that Irsay would be willing to fire the Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson in order to offer Saban a high level of ultimate power over the team’s on the field product.
“Jim Irsay is going to make the next coaching hire,” Kravitz said in the radio interview. “If he brings in a guy who demands full power like say, a Nick Saban, who I think he’s going to go after, if he brings in a Nick Saban, he’s going to have full power and that means that Ryan Grigson will either be kicked to the curb or he’ll have a different role in the organization.”
Saban was an NFL head coach for two season with the Miami Dolphins where he posted a disappointing 15-17 record. His tenure was marked by a decision to take Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees, a decision that has had great impact on the NFL landscape.
Saban has been with Alabama since 2007 where he has won three national titles in six seasons and posted a 99-18 record.
Saban was also rumored to be considering going to coach the Texas Longhorns two seasons ago. He didn’t go even after seriously considering it– in part because the Alabama boosters helped make Saban the highest paid coach in all of college football. He now makes nearly $2 million more than the average NFL coach.
Alabama is currently ranked #2 in the college football playoff rankings and has control over their destiny to play in the SEC championship game. The Colts are 4-5 at the halfway point of the season.
For Saban at age 64, the real question is whether he wants to start over again especially at the pro level.
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