Nick Saban wins more than just about any coach in all of sports, though he is in the midst of a number of staff changes.
After Lane Kiffin left to take the head coaching job at Florida Atlantic and Steve Sarkisian left to become the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator, Saban had to find another man to run his offense. And he turned an old pupil to be that guy.
Saban hired Brian Daboll, who was once a graduate assistant at Michigan State when Saban was the head coach there, to become Alabama’s next offensive coordinator. Daboll had been with the New England Patriots since 2013 (his second stint with the team), serving as a tight ends coach the past three seasons.
Even with the staff turnover (Mario Cristobal and Billy Napier also moved on), things are looking pretty great for Alabama and Saban. In addition to developing a number of players into potential NFL draft picks, he also brings back a loaded team with the likes of wide receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Bo Scarbrough and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Crimson Tide QB Jalen Hurts also returns, and Alabama has 5-star freshman Tua Tagovailoa behind him.
In SEC Country‘s first coach approval rating poll, Saban came in first place with a 97.1 approval rating. He was the only coach who finished with a rating above 90.
Saban earned a reported salary of about $7.1 million in 2016. So what do you think Saban after his latest hire? Do you think he could’ve gotten a bigger or better name?
Vote on Nick Saban’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.