Well, this is an interesting take involving Nick Saban and a possible NFL opening.
Hays Carlyon of Gridiron Now wrote a column published Thursday that suggests the Indianapolis Colts could be waiting to hire the Alabama coach. Current Colts coach Chuck Pagano is living through professional limbo of sorts after Indianapolis finished the season 8-8 with a victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Pagano is 49-31 in five seasons with the Colts.
Here’s part of Carlyon’s column:
All (Indianapolis owner Jim) Irsay has to say is “Chuck Pagano is our coach.” He won’t do it.
If Irsay has his eyes on an NFL coach, he could fire Pagano now. Why wait? The obvious answer is that he’s waiting on a big fish.
There’s no bigger fish than Saban.
There are only two college coaches still in season. While Clemson’s Dabo Swinney has done a fantastic job, it would be stunning if he was Irsay’s target.
Saban’s possible second stint in the NFL has been a topic for several years. This could be the year. Saban is 65.
His Miami Dolphins’ tenure didn’t work because he didn’t have a quarterback. That’s why the Colts would be so attractive. Andrew Luck is a franchise quarterback with playoff experience who is just now entering the prime of his career.
This is a conversation-starter, to say the least.
We’ve heard the Saban-to-the-NFL rumors before, most recently involving the New York Giants. Anything is possible. But at this point in Saban’s life, it seems unlikely that he would welcome the stress that comes with building a consistent contender in the NFL.
Sure, Luck would be an intriguing draw for any possible coach. But less than a week before Saban tries to claim his fifth national championship with Alabama, it’s clear the coach has a good situation with the Crimson Tide. He can try to become one of the best college coaches ever instead of dealing with all the drama and uncertainty of NFL life.
We’ll see where Saban goes from here. But it would be surprising if he left Alabama for Indianapolis or any other NFL job.