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Saban to Browns seems very unlikely

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We weren’t aware of the rumors/speculation/whatever linking Alabama coach Nick Saban to the Cleveland Browns until Dan Patrick mentioned the chatter on his national radio/TV show this morning.

While we’re not as quick as DP to dismiss the Browns as a possibly attractive destination for a coach, Saban isn’t the guy.

Saban left the Dolphins after only two years, not because he felt compelled to take the Alabama job, but because Saban was miserable at the NFL level.

Miserable.

We’d heard for weeks in advance of Saban’s departure that he was worn down and beat up by the pro game, and that he realized midway through his second season on the job that he wanted out.  Many scoffed, especially after Saban publicly declared that he won’t be the Alabama coach.

And then he became the Alabama coach.

Saban, a supreme control freak, didn’t like coaching in the NFL because he couldn’t stack the deck via his exceptional recruiting skills.  The salary cap and the competitive balance it creates makes it much harder to win — and much harder for the coach to make a real difference.

It’s been several years, but the reality is that Saban quit the NFL.  He wasn’t fired.  He walked out.

And it would be a shock if he chooses to walk back in, especially to a team like the Browns, where new CEO Joe Banner is sufficiently plugged in to know the realities of having the man known not-so-lovingly in South Florida as “the Nicktator” on the sidelines.

Could Saban decide to take one more shot at the highest level of the game if the price is right?  Maybe.  Or maybe he welcomes the scuttlebutt, since it could get him a better deal in Tuscaloosa.

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29 Responses to “Saban to Browns seems very unlikely”
  1. mrhurriicane says: Oct 18, 2012 10:10 AM

    NFL > NCAA Football

  2. jackblackshairyback says: Oct 18, 2012 10:12 AM

    If I were a betting man, I’d agree with this.

    Or maybe he welcomes the scuttlebutt, since it could get him a better deal in Tuscaloosa.

    Just my opinion.

  3. annes22 says: Oct 18, 2012 10:13 AM

    He shouldn’t go back to the NFL. He was a horrible coach for the Dolphins and did nothing at all. Stay put where he is, they deserve him and his attitude. Don’t forget his wife, she couldn’t stand it in Florida, and let it be known. Good Luck Browns fans if he does go there, you will need it.

  4. billsfaninmiami says: Oct 18, 2012 10:17 AM

    No way Saban leaves Bama. No way he goes to Cleveland (of all places). After he left Miami, he called NFL players uncoachable and snobbish. Players, in turn, didn’t like his domineering rah-rah style.

    One of the best college-level coaches in history and he knows his role. Roll Tide!

  5. wtfpft says: Oct 18, 2012 10:18 AM

    Looks like someone wants a raise at Alabama.

  6. steelerdeathstar says: Oct 18, 2012 10:22 AM

    I assume they are talking about Saban coming in as HC of the Browns. They should probably quash that, stay the course, and stick with their current guy. He seems to be a steady hand, and is helping move them in the right direction.

  7. jaxg8r says: Oct 18, 2012 10:24 AM

    I see Dallas as a much more likely destination for Saban’s return to the NFL provided Jones gives up some level of control and gives him big cash.

  8. 13datsyuk13 says: Oct 18, 2012 10:25 AM

    If Saban wants more money I know of a big 12 team that could use his services. ESPN is paying them 30 mill a year and losing to Oklahoma in blow out fashions won’t last long with the network.

  9. green41563 says: Oct 18, 2012 10:27 AM

    Agent: Nick, it’s Saul. I’m calling because I just got a call from the Browns, and they’re talking about a deal that’d pay you about $10 million a year.

    Saban: Woo-doggies! God-dangit! Hold on—lemme pack a bag! I’m gonna turn the Browns around in two years flat! Just get me get into those homes, sitting on those couches, promising those broke parents the moon, and I’ll have those kids in Cleveland orange no time!

    Agent: Erm, Nick, no. This is the NFL, remember? You can’t just go cruising through the hood, handing out promises to poor kids. You have to get your players through a draft like everyone else. So there’s not gonna be any big talent advantage for you. And—and they’re already rich, so you can’t pull that old “Lexus” trick either. No, you’re gonna have to do some actual coaching here. You know: Xs and Os and all that fun stuff! I’m totally psyched for you!

    Saban: Yeah, um, err, yeah, psy—psyched. Right. Well, erm, lemme—I, uh—lemme get back to you on that, OK? Yeah, erm, I gotta go return some videotapes!

  10. clwb419 says: Oct 18, 2012 10:30 AM

    billsfaninmiami says:
    Oct 18, 2012 10:17 AM
    No way Saban leaves Bama. No way he goes to Cleveland (of all places). After he left Miami, he called NFL players uncoachable and snobbish. Players, in turn, didn’t like his domineering rah-rah style.

    One of the best college-level coaches in history and he knows his role. Roll Tide!
    ———————————————–
    Not that I want him (I don’t), but was an assistant coach at Kent State, Ohio State, the DC for the Cleveland Browns, as well as head coach of Toledo. He also played at Kent State – so he has several ties to northern Ohio.

    I also find it amusing that someone that is a Bills fan has the audacity to call out Cleveland (of all places).

  11. burm61 says: Oct 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    Gruden/Petrino 2013 for the Browns. Highly unlikely but would be very interesting.

  12. thraiderskin says: Oct 18, 2012 10:33 AM

    Well as long as the HC running this team keeps increasing the offensive output by 1.5% per year, I think he deserves to keep his job for 4 more years.

  13. douc66 says: Oct 18, 2012 10:37 AM

    I would be totally surprised if Saban even entertains the idea of giving the NFL one more shot. He’s in the perfect situation at Alabama, at least for him (his choice of 5 star recruits, total control of the football program, guaranteed top 5 salary amongst all college coaches). He would be a damn fool to leave ‘Bama.

  14. prince5000 says: Oct 18, 2012 10:38 AM

    This makes Longhorn fans happy.

  15. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 18, 2012 10:44 AM

    It’d be interesting to see if Brian Kelly ends up in Cleveland. He did an amazing job at Grand Valley and has Notre Dame in the hunt for a National Championship.

  16. dtjano says: Oct 18, 2012 10:51 AM

    Why would they want Saban?

  17. joetoronto says: Oct 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    I just can’t see any NFL team hiring this POS.

    There’s already one leper up in Seattle, that’s enough.

  18. AlanSaysYo says: Oct 18, 2012 11:03 AM

    I just can’t see Saban taking a job with a team that has so little to work with talent-wise.

  19. dolphinsfootball says: Oct 18, 2012 11:46 AM

    If Saban says: “I will not be the next coach of the Cleveland Browns,” Alabama better start looking for a new coach.

  20. tommyribs says: Oct 18, 2012 12:17 PM

    You had better believe Saban will use these rumors to get more money out of someone and do what is best for Saban.

    This would be the worst thing the Browns have done in a long time, if they bring in Saban.

    Cleveland is a young team, if they get rid of Shurmur bring in a guy who is a teacher, and can work well with younger players.

    I would give Shurmur a chance, even beyond this year. I know the wins aren’t there yet, but the team is playing a lot better, and the wins will come.

    Hasslam needs to look at the example his former team, the Steelers, have set. You need stability, and you need to give these men a chance to prove themselves.

    It took Parcells time, it took Bellichik time, it took Landry time. Patience is rewarded more than rashness is in the NFL.

  21. daddyb1gdrawz says: Oct 18, 2012 12:26 PM

    I am not sure he is as effective in the pros as in college. In college he can bully players. He cannot do that in the NFL. His brand of football is very vanilla as well. He is able to get away with it in college because he has the best athletes but running dives, iso’s and off tackle plays all day is not how you win in the NFL. You need to pass the ball.

  22. dukemarc says: Oct 18, 2012 12:53 PM

    The “Nicktator” isn’t going back to the NFL – he doesn’t have the coaching ability to win games when the opposing team has a similar or better level of talent.

  23. dukemarc says: Oct 18, 2012 12:55 PM

    blackandbluedivision says:
    Oct 18, 2012 10:44 AM
    It’d be interesting to see if Brian Kelly ends up in Cleveland. He did an amazing job at Grand Valley and has Notre Dame in the hunt for a National Championship.
    —————————

    Don’t forget the job he did at Cincinnati – that program was mediocre at best.

    I still think he did a bad job making the transition to the Notre Dame job. UC deserved better from him.

  24. eastwood1956 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:29 PM

    Saban isn’t going anywhere. And Browns fans can forget about Gruden as well. Who wants to live in Cleveland for Gods sake?

  25. sclazo says: Oct 18, 2012 10:54 PM

    Don’t do it Browns! Look what he did in Miami. He set that franchise back. Every 1st rounder he drafted was a bust.

  26. Crazy Diamond says: Oct 19, 2012 1:21 PM

    From a value-creation standpoint, Saban is actually underpaid at Bama. If a CEO was able to improve a company as much as he has at Bama, he’d be paid a much, much higher percentage of the value (present and future) he has added.

  27. abrellbama says: Oct 19, 2012 1:52 PM

    Saban took the job because Mal Moore made him an offer he couldn’t refuse AND he had no control over his team with the NFL and Nick Saban is a control freak that must have control over his players. THAT is why Alabama has him and the Dolphins do not. He couldn’t even discipline his players. All he could do was fine them and that isn’t enough for Saban. He is a hands on coach which is great for Alabama but bad for NFL coaches.

  28. sclazo says: Oct 19, 2012 6:59 PM

    Saban had full control of the Dolphins team. He was the HC and GM. And he was the highest paid coach in the NFL. He quit because the NFL was too much for him. Everyone of his first round picks was a bust. He chose Culpepper over Brees. He told his buddy BB of the pats to get Wes Welker.

  29. sclazo says: Oct 19, 2012 7:03 PM

    Also the Dolphins owner let him out of his contract or he wouldn’t be in Bama. Fact is Saban is a liar. He told the Miami press and the fans that he was going no where. Then he ran to Bama with his tail between his legs like a little fox.

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