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Report: Two NFL teams made overtures to Nick Saban this year

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Nick Saban proved himself not up to the task of coaching in the NFL during two unsuccessful seasons with the Dolphins, and he embarrassed himself on the way out of the NFL by taking the job at Alabama after promising he wouldn’t. But Saban has been an outstanding coach at the college level, and that may be enough to make some NFL owners interested in giving him another chance.

In an ESPN.com profile of Saban, Mark Schlabach reports that after Saban led Alabama to the national championship in January, there were overtures from a couple of NFL teams about a return to the pros.

It sounds crazy that any team would want Saban after he did a dismal job in Miami, and it also sounds crazy that any team would think Saban would leave with such a good thing going at Alabama. Then again, plenty of people were convinced that Pete Carroll would never leave USC to return to the NFL, but eventually he did.

Saban, however, acknowledged that he’s better suited for coaching a powerhouse program like Alabama, with all its inherent advantages, than he is coaching in the NFL, where parity means that all teams have approximately equal resources, and there are no easy wins over Western Kentucky or Florida Atlantic.

“I loved coaching the NFL players,” Saban said. “Everybody thinks it’s the NFL players who are hard to get along with. I loved the NFL players and it was never a problem. It’s just the rules of parity in that league make it difficult to create any advantage for yourself. I always thought my advantage was I was willing to outwork everybody to get better. That was a hard thing. I missed college players and I missed helping guys develop personally, academically and athletically.”

Missing college players while coaching in the NFL is not something Saban is likely to go through again.

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25 Responses to “Report: Two NFL teams made overtures to Nick Saban this year”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 5, 2012 3:20 PM

    Any GM who suggests going after Saban should be fired immediately.

  2. melikefootball says: Apr 5, 2012 3:21 PM

    Yea come on back and then show your true self and lie to the team that takes you AGAIN!

  3. jackblackshairyback says: Apr 5, 2012 3:22 PM

    Translation: I’d rather be a huge success at a lower level than be challenged at the pro level.

  4. stampede101 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:24 PM

    Lets not get it twisted…Pete Carroll left USC b/c that golden goose laid its last egg…and that program was on the verge of getting sniped. Him leaving just as that occurred was no coincidence…as much as some would like to believe it was.

  5. jaxx12 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:24 PM

    Based on the photo, Nick’s problems in Miami may have had something to do with the fact he couldn’t see how lousy his team actually was.

    “Who turned out the lights?”

  6. trojanwarrior007 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    “Any GM who suggests going after Saban should be fired immediately.”

    ^

    I was thinking shot…but you’ve got it right on.

  7. polamalurulz43 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:26 PM

    No way, he would be great in Cleveland. Maybe bring in C-Pep or Jamarcus Russell instead of Brees for a season or two, and then leave like LeBron with a media press conference announcing he is taking his talents to South Beach and reuniting with the Fish! Yeeeee haaa! The only thing missing would be Chili as his GM.

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    “It’s just the rules of parity in that league make it difficult to create any advantage for yourself. I always thought my advantage was I was willing to outwork everybody to get better”

    Hilarious. He got to the NFL and realized that everyone else worked just as hard as he did. It wasn’t easy enough to win, so he left instead of refining his philosophies and coaching techniques to compete on the pro stage.

  9. ken0west says: Apr 5, 2012 3:28 PM

    If that class A jerk would have picked Bresse over the fatty he would still be in Miami.

  10. Lou Pickney says: Apr 5, 2012 3:28 PM

    Saban is right about the competitive advantage not being there for him in the NFL. The guy is a masterful recruiter, and I have never understood why college head coaches with elite recruiting skill would jump to the NFL (besides the financial consideration, of course).

  11. mataug says: Apr 5, 2012 3:28 PM

    The photo reminded me of Geordi La Forge’s visor :)

  12. dablitz2 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:31 PM

    You know one of them was the Bucs, since they were reaching out to top college coaches.

  13. cantonbound13 says: Apr 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    He can’t succeed in the NFL. It’s much easier in college.

  14. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    Probably the Redskins- lil Dan loves these type of moves

  15. rajbais says: Apr 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    I’m gonna be surprised if one of the teams wasn’t Tampa.

    It makes sense because they interviewed Chip Kelly and Greg Schiano (two men not equipped for the NFL!!!!!).

    Tampa and Saban were meant to be together as coaching and organizational incompetence would be in unison!!!!

  16. eyeh8goodell says: Apr 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    LOL at Saban saying he wants to help players academically……….in the SEC of all places. But I suppose they’re the ones who need it most. Also, hilarious that the guy thinks a coach can’t create an advantage because of parity. Ever notice how the same teams usually have success year to year? There’s a reason for that, and it’s not parity.

    And from what I remember, his players didn’t have a whole lot of nice things to say about him. What it really comes down to is that he has no leverage over NFL players. He can’t bully them and threaten them like he can get away with in college. So, naturally, he didn’t like the NFL. Same with Bobby Petrino.

  17. shackdelrio says: Apr 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    If Dallas flops again and Garrett is canned, JJ might come calling.

  18. dolfandan says: Apr 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    It is ridiculous to me that writers and analysts alike say that Nick Saban was a dismal failure with the Dolphins. In 2 seasons, he went 15-17, including 9-7 his first year. Heck, his team shut out Tom Brady and the Patriots 21-0 in the 2006 season. Say what you want about Saban, but I can guarantee you that the Dolphins would be much better off if he had stayed with them. He won games with Gus Frerotte and Joey Harrington for goodness sake. Let’s take it a little easy when saying how much of a failure Saban was in the pros. He simply decided he liked the college game better. I am a die-hard Miami fan and I have no problem with Saban. I wish he was still the HC, but I can’t fault him for leaving.

  19. eyeh8goodell says: Apr 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    And Pete Carroll left for the NFL because he knew the NCAA was about to drop the hammer on his program……..and sure enough it did.

  20. EJ says: Apr 5, 2012 3:45 PM

    Saban needs great players in order to succeed. In the NFL he had some good players, but overall, Miami didn’t rank that high up there. In the NCAA at Alabama, Saban has a whole team of great players. Alabama is a highly touted school that recruits well, so they will always have the top guys, thats why Nick Saban does so well at the college level, but bombs in the NFL.

  21. smickles says: Apr 5, 2012 4:26 PM

    Don’t get it twisted Saban haters, what have the Dolphins done since Saban left? Not a thing and they were on the verge of being good. It six years later, he is still gone and the Dolphins still sux.

  22. eyeh8goodell says: Apr 5, 2012 5:13 PM

    Don’t get it twisted Saban haters, what have the Dolphins done since Saban left? Not a thing and they were on the verge of being good. It six years later, he is still gone and the Dolphins still sux.

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    And that’s because it takes an organization to be successful. And hiring Saban was one of the many things that made/make Miami one of the worst organizations in the league from the ownership level right on down to the players on the field. It was going for the “marquee” name, rather than the right guy for that particular job. It’s the same track they take in bringing in players.

  23. rushbacker says: Apr 5, 2012 5:22 PM

    No way. I don’t believe that for a second. Maybe Nick’s agent is trying to squeeze some additional years and pesos out of Bama.

  24. jerlee7 says: Apr 5, 2012 5:44 PM

    If the league is full of parity, and your strength is out working people, wouldn’t that be your biggest advantage?

  25. mondosalvo says: Apr 6, 2012 10:57 AM

    Lolphins fans are the worst. Instead of blaming a coach who left AFTER the season was over (unlike Patrino) for the curse that has befallen your team since, blame some of the players that really made your organization what it is…Ross and Ireland, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, etc. Saban makes a lovely scapegoat, but you’re all deluded.

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