Colts were ready to offer coaching job to Saban in 1998

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Imagine Bill Polian, Peyton Manning, and Nick Saban all working together. Or at least trying to.

It could have happened, and it would have happened if Polian had his way.

In the excellent new Nick Saban biography, Monte Burke explains that Polian wanted to hire Saban to replace Lindy Infante.

Polian met with Saban, who at the time was coaching Michigan State, and Polian liked what he heard from Saban.

“I was prepared to offer him the job,” Polian told Burke.

The talks broke down, as they did a year earlier with the Giants, because Saban wanted control over personnel and the coaching staff. Which is merely a glimpse of the friction that would have emerged if three guys who like to control everything — Polian, Saban, and Manning — had been working together.

If they’d found a way to properly harness that energy, however, there’s a chance Manning would have more than one Super Bowl ring.

14 responses to “Colts were ready to offer coaching job to Saban in 1998

  1. Until he bolted for college. Enough of these “Saban could have coached xxx” stories. It’s getting old and I’m sure there are hundreds of them with many different coaches and former coaches.

  2. “If they’d found a way to properly harness that energy, however, there’s a chance Manning would have more than one Super Bowl ring.”

    How do you figure that? Because Saban’s outstanding record in his only NFL head coaching gig? Perhaps it was his ability to communicate with adult professional athletes as your article about his time in Houston described yesterday. He may be a great coaching mind but he apparently needs to be surrounded by people who will cater to his whims and impressionable children to mold.

  3. eerslbs says:
    Jul 22, 2015 9:38 AM
    Until he bolted for college. Enough of these “Saban could have coached xxx” stories. It’s getting old and I’m sure there are hundreds of them with many different coaches and former coaches.
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    Yup. Imagine how exciting it will be to see the next one… “Cowboys almost thought about offering Saban head coaching job in 1990.” The suspense is killing me.

  4. Beat me to it Luke….lol……yeah, based on what exactly? Polian had the know how on how to build rosters for certain, and Manning was a great QB in his own right, albeit unlucky, or perhaps TOO controlling…..and Saban….. he knows how to recruit….. and is a good college coach, did less than nothing in the NFL…..

  5. No need to buy or read the Saban book everyone. PFT is reading it to us daily. Paragraph by paragraph.

    Tomorrow, a story how Saban almost played craps with Belichick one time.

    Friday, a story when Saban almost got kicked out of an all you can eat sushi bar.

    Saturday, that time Saban almost coached Johnny Unitas

    Sunday, that time Saban almost recruited that one famous guy in the nfl when he was at Michigan St.

  6. When you win in college, you can recruit as many of the top players as you can convince to come to your school. When you win in the NFL, you pick last in the draft, and you get all the leftovers. The only way to stay on top in the NFL, is if you have a superior scouting staff, and you stay out of their way. Saban is smart enough to know that, but it wouldn’t be a wise thing to admit at the negotiating table.

  7. “If they’d found a way to properly harness that energy, however, there’s a chance Manning would have more than one Super Bowl ring.”

    there is also a chance that they would have been below 500 w/o a SB ring during the manning era which is inline w/ satan’s record as an NFL head coach. or better yet, perhaps they would have let go one of the best minds in football (polian) go as well as one of the greatest QBs ever to appease him during a power struggle; thus becoming a laughingstock once again.

    enough with the saban to nfl talk. he tried it and failed miserably and isn’t cut out for the nfl, period. this isn’t interesting anymore.

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