Nick Saban has been at Alabama since the 2007 season. He came to Tuscaloosa after a brief and unsuccessful run in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins. During his two years in Miami, Saban went 15-17, which was a big reason why he was only there for two seasons and why he returned to the college level.
During his 10 seasons at Alabama, Saban has won four national titles, and nearly won a fifth last season. So even if he wasn’t successful at the NFL level, pro teams are still intrigued by the idea of hiring Saban and seeing if he can bring that success to their franchise. How intrigued are they? According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, the answer is very.
Freeman says that every NFL team with a coaching vacancy contacted Saban this offseason. That’s right. All of them.
A league source told me that every NFL team with a coaching opening contacted Alabama’s Nick Saban. All were emphatically told “no thanks.” I’m not certain whether Saban told them this directly. It could have been Saban’s agent or some intermediary.
While it can’t hurt to ask, I’m sure all six teams knew the odds of Saban being interested fell somewhere between “never going to happen” and “seriously it’s never going to happen.” There may have been a time when Saban felt the itch to give the NFL one more try, but at 65 years old, that time has passed. Saban will be at Alabama until he decides to retire.
Which every other team in the SEC hopes is soon.