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Before keeping Pagano, Colts didn’t make a run at Saban


As of Sunday, it wasn’t believed that Alabama coach Nick Saban would be interested in becoming the head coach of the Colts. Before renewing vows with coach Chuck Pagano, the Colts didn’t bother to confirm it.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Colts did not make a run at hiring Saban prior to deciding to stay the course.

Irsay’s comments from Monday night’s “Never Mind the Dysfunction, Everybody Loves Each Other” press conference created the impression that he at least considered a Saban-style hire.

“Look, I could have walked someone in that door tonight or tomorrow night and have them come walking in with eight figures a year on themselves or whatever and say, ‘I’m making the big splash.’ Look, if that was the best for us, believe me, I would do it,” Irsay said.

As to Saban, it never got to the point that Irsay even tried to see if he could get the guy he tried to hire back in 1998.

This doesn’t change the fact that Saban dropped a strong hint in August about the possibility of another NFL stint, when he said that, if the Dolphins had signed Drew Brees, Saban would still be the coach there. Some interpreted the remark as an opening of the door to coach a team with a franchise quarterback.

With the Colts keeping Pagano and the Titans apparently not inclined to look elsewhere, there’s really only one current vacancy for a team with a great quarterback. And the Giants also have tried in the past to hire Saban, but control derailed the talks in 1996. With G.M. Jerry Reese staying, the Giants likely won’t be trying to lure Saban to the NFL.

So it appears to be over for Saban and the NFL. At least until 2017.

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13 Responses to “Before keeping Pagano, Colts didn’t make a run at Saban”
  1. dtroxallday says: Jan 5, 2016 9:46 AM

    HA! May as well say that they didn’t make a run at Madden. I’m sure they didn’t do alot of things.

  2. scrp2 says: Jan 5, 2016 9:54 AM

    So Nick Saban has to have a great quarterback to return to the NFL? I guess he won’t be reaching out to the 49ers

  3. killxswitch says: Jan 5, 2016 9:56 AM

    That’s a tiny football.

  4. jackybadass says: Jan 5, 2016 9:58 AM

    What team left has a great qb? The Giants ? Eli? Come on. Put down the crack pipe!

  5. greg3117 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:04 AM

    killxswitch says:
    Jan 5, 2016 9:56 AM

    That’s a tiny football.

    Maybe Saban is really just a big person? 🙂

  6. charliecharger says: Jan 5, 2016 10:17 AM

    Chuck Pagano has a much better NFL record than Saban. Getting Saban would be a downgrade.

  7. charliecharger says: Jan 5, 2016 10:22 AM

    Irsay is smarter than most owners who go out and hire the flavor of the month type coach. Chuck Pagano was not a well known coach, but he’s won more games than most coaches in history have won through their first four seasons. And the team was 2-14 the year before.

  8. gacoltfan says: Jan 5, 2016 10:55 AM

    Glad they didn’t go after a college coach.

    Ok with keeping Pagano (as long as Chud stays).

    Still looking for the bright side on keeping Grigson.

  9. mogogo1 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:22 AM

    I’d rather have Pagano coaching my NFL team than Saban. Players love the guys and there’s way less ego and expectations of personnel control than Saban would bring to the table. Being off-the-charts great in college doesn’t mean anything in the NFL.

  10. granadafan says: Jan 5, 2016 11:48 AM

    Why would he go. He’s a king in Alabama. More importantly, his wife enjoys being the queen. Plus it seems like he genuinely enjoys teaching kids and making them into men.

  11. gotitan says: Jan 5, 2016 12:20 PM

    Things are far from “set” in Titan Town. And that is factual reporting from Nashville!

  12. terripet says: Jan 5, 2016 12:44 PM

    Saban would be like Chip kelly get fired

  13. sychosam28 says: Jan 5, 2016 2:24 PM

    Grigson isn’t smart enough to try to hire Saban. Colts got the three stooges in charge again next year! LOL

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