It has been less than 24 hours since Nick Saban’s Alabama team beat Georgia in an overtime classic to win the College Football Playoff National Championship, but the rumors of the college legend leaving for the NFL have already begun.
Former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who retired following the conclusion of this regular season, spoke on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Tuesday. Arians reportedly said that Saban would be extremely interested in one of the vacant head coaching positions currently in the NFL.
“There’s a job he covets and it just happens to be open,” Arians said. “The Giants.”
The Giants fired second-year coach Ben McAdoo in early December with the team sitting at 2-10.
While it seems that every offseason brings grumblings of Saban leaving Tuscaloosa for another job, could the lure of coaching one of the more historic teams in the NFL lure him away for good? Would Saban, who is one of the biggest competitors and most driven people in the game, see it as a challenge and chance to redeem what happened during his stint with the Miami Dolphins, where he spent two unsuccessful seasons, going 15-17 before accepting the Alabama job?
The Giants are ripe for a rebuild, though, and success wouldn’t be easy to come by immediately. The status of two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning is up in the air and being benched near the end of the season while the defense finished next-to-last in total yards allowed per game, giving up 373.2 yards per outing.
The club finished 3-13 and holds the second pick in the NFL draft.