Report: Cleveland Browns may lure Saban back to NFL

Alabama’s Nick Saban could become the next head coach of the Cleveland Browns, the Boston Globe is reporting.

It’s far from a done deal, and a number of pieces would have to fall into place, but the Globe said on Monday that if the Browns hire Michael Lombardi as general manager as rumored, the door could be open to bringing in Saban as head coach. Saban and Lombardi, who is currently an analyst for the NFL Network, worked together for the Cleveland Browns in the early ’90s, where Saban was defensive coordinator and Lombardi was player personnel director.

According to the Globe, “Saban has let it be known that if he returns to the NFL — where he flopped, going 15-17 with the Dolphins from 2005-06 — it would likely be with Lombardi playing Scott Pioli to his Bill Belichick.” Pioli and Belichick are the GM-coach tandem who created a New England Patriots dynasty.

The Browns are suffering through another woeful season at 5-8 and have had only two winning seasons since 1999.

Owner Jimmy Haslam might have more than one reason for luring Saban to the NFL: He’s a prominent University of Tennessee booster, and the Vols are 0-6 against Saban’s Alabama teams.

For his part, Saban has already won two national championships at Alabama (and one at LSU) and will be going for another one on Jan. 7 against Notre Dame. With no mountains left to climb in the college game, could Saban be looking for another shot at the NFL?

420 comments Add your comment

Ben

December 11th, 2012
7:15 am

Never gonna happen.

Hey, I know, I will leave my awesome job as king of the college football universe to go coach…..the Browns.

brick

December 11th, 2012
7:17 am

Enter your comments here

brick

December 11th, 2012
7:18 am

Won’t happen, the state of Alabama will do away with their departments of Transportation and Education to pay him whatever it takes to keep him.

Character is EVERYTHING

December 11th, 2012
7:19 am

Keep on dreaming Provano and the rest of you Mutts. Ain’t gonna happen…and UGA will STILL be also-rans.

Character is EVERYTHING

December 11th, 2012
7:20 am

Speaking of education…someone show Brick how to post on these new-fangled blog thingys.

Rich

December 11th, 2012
7:21 am

Hey, ain’t nothing wrong with the browns.

GO YOU ORANGE HEADED SPORTSMEN OF AMERICA!

Hardhat

December 11th, 2012
7:23 am

As much as I would love that to happen don’t think it will.
Like @Ben said and the fact he will be even further away from his lake house in Ga.

Mutt

December 11th, 2012
7:25 am

Ah, the NFL is ripe for the pickin’!

SEC FOOTBALL

December 11th, 2012
7:27 am

His house has been on the market at lake Burton. Sounds as if he is setting the stage in case something develops.

Kim

December 11th, 2012
7:29 am

Look up the article in the Birmingham News last Sunday by Kevin Scarbinsky. Its with Coach Sabans wife Terry, he isn’t going anywhere if Miss Terry has her way!

Kim

December 11th, 2012
7:31 am

As to the lake house, check your facts, that is a “Spec house” that he and a builder built to sell for profit, he has never lived in that house, his house is NOT for sale!

billyBobjacket

December 11th, 2012
7:31 am

He has two houses at Burton. And “Character”, its pretty rich for a ‘bammer fan to espouse the virtues of education…

Ghruten

December 11th, 2012
7:34 am

If he leaves, they’ll go after Richt. And they should. Some UGA fans don’t realize what a gem they have.

gofitz

December 11th, 2012
7:34 am

Here’s what is going to happen, Saban goes to Cleveland and once again fails miserably. Richt
continues to lose the big ones for another 2 years. Richt is let go and Saban comes to UGA and brings them their 1st national title in almost 40 years.

north ave. faithful

December 11th, 2012
7:35 am

That would be like trading chicken salad for chicken sh**.

Juan

December 11th, 2012
7:43 am

Is there anyone on Alabama’s of UGA’s staff that could speak spanish if there were players from south Florida or Texas that could help out the team – say a kicker or DE or something like that. Good athletes in these areas ….. just saying.

canman

December 11th, 2012
7:47 am

I can see him leaving, especially if he wins the national title this year. He would have no challenges left on the collegian level.

Markman

December 11th, 2012
7:48 am

Good riddens……I’m sure he’s sick of hearing those rednecks screaming Roll Tide, just about as much as I am!

Wilson Pickett

December 11th, 2012
7:55 am

Nick will not be returning to the NFL. With that said Nick has made it clear when it gets to the point that he/team can’t meet the expectations and winning is no longer any fun then it just might be time to call it a career. Now this is closer than many understand. The play of Alabama vs LSU and A&M showed a team that was afraid to lose instead of a team that was trying to win. The loss to A&M was a good thing and may have given the team the spark to beat UGA. When you have won 60 games and lost only 7 in 5 years then winning is the only thing that matters. That is strong by any standards. If Bama were to lose to ND then a complete meltdown will happen by the Bama fans but not me. I was 9 when I saw my 1st Bama game in 1959 so I have seen the great Coach Bryant years. I have enjoyed the rebuild of the program by Nick and I enjoy them one game at a time now. Nick is a little older and hopefully he’s enjoying his own success more than in his younger days. Roll Tide

dale

December 11th, 2012
7:55 am

Saban, if you’re reading this, you aren’t good enough for the NFL, NFL coaches are smarter and work harder, so just back down and stay at Alabama.

john

December 11th, 2012
7:57 am

Alabama has a Deparment of Education?

SEC FOOTBALL

December 11th, 2012
7:58 am

What do you expect her to say in the middle of recruiting. That they may be leaving.

Andy

December 11th, 2012
7:59 am

Saban to the Browns….that’s hysterical.

That’s almost as funny as the commenter who said Alabama would want Richt if Saban left.

Is it April 1st already?

Vampire Bill

December 11th, 2012
7:59 am

I need coffee

Vampire Bill

December 11th, 2012
8:01 am

Wait a minute… Alabama has departments of Education and Transportation ?????

Dawgfan1980

December 11th, 2012
8:04 am

Saban ain’t going nowhere! The Pro Players will not put up with his control issues! He can’t make them scared of him!

Whiskey Breath

December 11th, 2012
8:05 am

Hasn’t this report been out a couple of days? We’re in Ga , why does it matter to Georgians?
Saban isn’t going anywhere, wishful thinking. He likes us. Isn’t WB always right?

runnwild

December 11th, 2012
8:08 am

How is he going to do this? According to our rivals he has been going to the cowboys for the past 5 years. In the past 2 years he is heading for Texas. You boys keep hoping and praying though.

Buddy Landel

December 11th, 2012
8:09 am

Ghruten

December 11th, 2012
7:34 am
If he leaves, they’ll go after Richt. And they should. Some UGA fans don’t realize what a gem they have
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There’s a reason NFL teams don’t go after CMR. Great recruiter? Definitely. Great coach??????????????

Bayou_Bill

December 11th, 2012
8:10 am

Nick Saban will never leave LSU.

Ed

December 11th, 2012
8:12 am

Sure he will.

This would be like breaking up with your supermodel girlfriend and leaving your mansion to move in with Honey Boo Boo’s mom.

Whiskey Breath

December 11th, 2012
8:12 am

Pretty damn pathetic mutts. You are wishing Saban would leave? That is funny in it’s own right.
You know, you mutts will be pissin and moaning and bitichin for the next 4 years concerning the championship game. Oh, it will make growing older easier. Better look out mutts, I heard Saban say the other day he want’s a piece of you!

nofreecheese

December 11th, 2012
8:13 am

Right now Saban is a big fish in a not-so-small pond; the NFL would be worse than relegating him as a small fish in a big pond; rather, he would be like a salmon struggling to swim upstream to blow a load and die.

Mike Shula

December 11th, 2012
8:13 am

Character is Everything??HUH??
Character and Saban dont mix, he is a great coach but Character??
Character and the TIDE???you are less than a decade removed from being an eyelash away from the death penalty!!! You guys are laughable.

Rodster

December 11th, 2012
8:13 am

Hi-larious! Hope it happens.

Ed Pilcher

December 11th, 2012
8:18 am

If Saban goes to Cleveland, it will be Kirby Smart’s job in Alabama…….Which may be a prime reason he wouldn’t accept teh DC job at UGA a couple of years back.

Whiskey Breath

December 11th, 2012
8:19 am

So Ga, do you think any of this board will be alive when Ga wins it next official NC.
Oh yea I forgot, for the last 32 years in August Ga has proclaimed themselves the NC’s.
” We’re number 1″.
Too funny.

55 year Braves Fan

December 11th, 2012
8:19 am

looks like a pay raise and an extension to me

Oh Man

December 11th, 2012
8:19 am

Alabama football will be back to the way it was 10 years ago. The doormat. Get ready Bammer fans. And if the people of Alabama are stupid enough to try to match his pay they are even more stupid.

BigBlackRod

December 11th, 2012
8:19 am

Mike Greenberg just said that, since Alabama victories getting to be expected rather than celebrated, Saban just might try the pro game again. Then, if that fails, slide into one of the chairs that ESPN will hold out for him…PEACE.

USMC DAWG

December 11th, 2012
8:20 am

I’ll believe it when Saban says “I will not be the next coach of the Cleveland Browns.”

Oh Man

December 11th, 2012
8:20 am

Derrick Dooley was a Saban coach as well. Didnt work out to well for him did it.

Bama

December 11th, 2012
8:21 am

Man, ya’ll tripping. LOL! Why are people hating on Bama now? Roll DAMN TIDE!

Say What???

December 11th, 2012
8:21 am

“Nick Saben will never leave the Tide” – Every Alabama Fan… EVER

…And they say that the Dawg Nation is delusional…

drsoul

December 11th, 2012
8:22 am

If he wins this time around, he will have 4 NC’s to his record….there is a challenge left…to beat the BEAR, who had 6 NC’s….and Saban is one who can possibly do that…

ole dawg

December 11th, 2012
8:25 am

You mean Saban is not still with the Dolphins? He promised he wasn’t leaving. You sure he left?

Fetus Breath

December 11th, 2012
8:25 am

brick
December 11th, 2012
7:18 am

Won’t happen, the state of Alabama will do away with their departments of Transportation and Education to pay him whatever it takes to keep him.

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Alabama has a department of education?

WDE

December 11th, 2012
8:26 am

I don’t see him leaving..why would he ? And either way Bama fans this is a news article about Saban’s alleged future plans not a hit piece put together by UGA fans..so get over your selves I hope the man stays he is good for college football and smart enough not to schedule us in the regular season but once every 5 years or so.

John, duck town

December 11th, 2012
8:26 am

I could see Saban leaving. He’d get more money. He needs a new challenge. He probably could work less. No need to worry about recruiting & babysitting 85-100 college kids & having his hands tied by the ncaa. He’d just coach 55 thugs & worry about their egos bc of money.

Useless Bums

December 11th, 2012
8:26 am

This story has caused mutliple heart attacks and anxiety attacks in trailer parks across Alabama….if the toothless wonders actually had internet service they may not be able to report to the sawmill for their early shift. Grief groups are forming as we speak at the local Wal Marts.