2. Nick Saban, Alabama
Okay, so it’s not going to happen. But …
First of all, the Browns aren’t going to pay Saban the $12 million a year just to get into the discussion …
But maybe an extra million doesn’t matter that much to the guy at this point if this is the right moment.
Second, he might just be the greatest college football head coach of all-time, and the machine is showing no signs of slowing down …
But being Bear Bryant isn’t being Bill Belichick. And it’s not being Pete Carroll, either. Winning a Super Bowl and being on the short list of greatest college coaches? Playing to the ego, do that, and Saban becomes the greatest football coach of all-time, full stop.
He’s just about to turn 63, and if there was ever the desire to scratch that itch and make up for the one red check on the resumé – “yeah, but … 15-17 with the Miami Dolphins” – here’s the chance.
He worked under Belichick with the Browns in the early1990s, and he’s always been more of a pro coach working in the college world.
This might just be the one gig that could take him away from Tuscaloosa, if he’s looking for one more challenge now that he has conquered college football.
Chance he’s the next Cleveland Browns head coach: 1.5%
Nah … you know how this will play out. This will be floated out there as a rumor and as an idea – thanks to articles like these – Saban will get mad at anyone who brings it up, it’ll take on legs for about ten minutes, and then his agent, Jimmy Sexton, will leverage this to get Bama to throw another few million onto the pile to keep the main man around.