Giants offered coaching job to Saban before Fassel

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I’m gradually working my way through the excellent Nick Saban biography from Monte Burke, which has plenty of either unknown or long-forgotten nuggets relevant to the NFL.

When the Giants fired Dan Reeves after the 1996 season, they eventually hired Jim Fassel. Before hiring Fassel, the Giants interviewed Saban, who at the time served as the coach at Michigan State..

“We were very impressed with him,” John Mara said of Saban. “We offered him the job.”

Taking it a step farther, the late George Young, G.M. of the Giants at the time, told John Mara and his father, Wellington, that Saban was “the best candidate [Young had] ever interviewed.”

The problem is that Saban wanted control over personnel and the coaching staff. The Giants didn’t want to give the coach that kind of power. And so the process of negotiating a contract broke down before it ever got very far.

Still, the Giants wanted Saban, eight years before he finally said yes to an NFL head-coaching job.

11 responses to “Giants offered coaching job to Saban before Fassel

  1. and we see how well it worked out for all parties invoved when he did get his nfl shot

  2. He did a good job in Miami. There’s no other coach, without cheating, could of did the job he did in Miami with the old players he had and their salary cap situation. This guy consistently turns losing teams into winning teams. Like him or not he is a winner.

  3. This only proves Saban is egomaniacal beyond comprehension. Who gets offered a job by one of the elite franchises with an ingrained culture of success and says sure, only if you let me change everything because I know better than you.

  4. I don’t know why some HC think they deserve total control of the team they coach. Their job is to prepare the team for Sundays not to run it.

  5. exboomer says:
    Jul 21, 2015 7:56 AM
    I don’t know why some HC think they deserve total control of the team they coach. Their job is to prepare the team for Sundays not to run it.

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    It is actually pretty simple. Some coaches don’t want to tailor their schemes to the personnel that they are given to work with and instead want to implement a scheme and culture by installing players and coaches of their own selection.

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