It started with a seemingly innocuous question about Alabama’s recent secondary woes, but it led to a surprising theory: A frustrated Nick Saban could retire early from coaching and join the media.
Tim Brando of Fox Sports, speaking on The Audible podcast, thinks that is the next step in Saban’s career.
“I think it is the reason he’s going to get out of coaching and go up in the booth at ESPN pretty soon,” Brando said. “I think the game has evolved to an area that he’s not comfortable anymore. Nick, at his core would like to manage a game a little bit like (LSU coach Les) Miles, to be honest, but he can’t do it anymore.”
Saban has been considered a proponent of rule changes that others have seen as being designed to slow the pace of college football games down. No-huddle spread offenses have surged in popularity, and combating them has led to Saban changing the way he coaches.
“It’s become like a fast break on skates,” Brando said. “You better have proven guys who have been in 7-on-7 drills for like the last five years and know a little something about defending the width and the length of the field. Having these big linebackers that you can specialize in second down situations but have to get off the field for third down situations, you can’t do that anymore. It has changed his recruiting a lot and he’s not happy with it. He’s frustrated by it.”
Brando envisions Saban becoming like Bill Parcells, who used his retirement from coaching to become a strong voice about the direction of the NFL.