Nick Saban Coaching The Colts Next Year?
On the heels of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's firing, the future of the Indianapolis Colts' coaching situation will revolve around these three known knowns:
1) Barring an unlikely Super Bowl run, Chuck Pagano will not be the head coach in 2016.
2) Because of Andrew Luck, the opening will be the most sought after coaching position in over a decade.
3) Nick Saban will listen if an NFL team calls him.
Here's what else we know, albeit to a lesser extent of certitude: Nick Saban wants out of Alabama.
Via Scott Roussel of FootballScoop.com...
I can’t support it by reportable facts, and of course there is no pressure from the administration; but from folks in the profession, I keep hearing “Nick isn’t happy,” “Nick seems miserable,” “Nick is very frustrated,” and I can foresee the very real possibility that Nick pulls the rip cord and ejects from Tuscaloosa after this season. Where that parachute will land, well, that has to play out, but I don’t suspect T-Town will be Nick’s final coaching stop.
Fast-forward to today, and we now know that Colin Cowherd has spoken with a high-ranking NFL exec who thinks nearly every prominent football coach in America would be interested in taking the gig, even Saban. Saban hasn't explicitly expressed interest in coaching Colts next year, but Cowherd's source implied that it'd be naive to think otherwise.
"nick saban, i am told, has told people if the quarterback situation was right, he would at least listen to a pitch from an nfl team. the numbers i am hearing, $10 million to $12 million-a-year is the kind of numbers he would want. don't kid yourself, bama fans, he listened to texas. he listened to texas. well, nfl andrew luck is a better job than texas. so, i am told that saban would at least listen if the quarterback situation is right."
Of course, Nick-Saban-to-the-NFL-rumors pop up anytime there's a head coach vacancy and he justs signed an 8-year, $55 million deal with Alabama, so the shoe isn't a perfect fit. However, if he's looking to ride a top-flight NFL quarterback out of Tuscaloosa, this is his chance.
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