Former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sparked Nick Saban-to-the-NFL rumors when he said the legendary Alabama coach “covets” the New York Giants coaching job.
Less than 24 hours after the Crimson Tide came back from a 13-point second-half deficit to stun Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night, Saban’s name has surfaced again for job openings around the NFL.
Arians, who retired after the 2017 season, told Colin Cowherd on FS1 that he wouldn’t be surprised if Saban is interested in returning to the NFL on one condition.
“It would not surprise me,” Arians said Tuesday of Saban’s potential NFL interest. “And there’s a job he covets that happens to be open. But he’s got a dynasty right now and another dynamite recruiting class. Why he would do it, I don’t know. But it would not shock me if he did.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 9, 2018
Arians clarified the job in question was with the Giants and he was asked why the 66-year-old Saban would leave Alabama for New York.
“Because they’re the New York Giants. When we grew up, they were the thing,” Arians said.
The speculation from Arians was quickly shot down by multiple outlets and that Saban has “zero interest” in the Giants job. A Giants official told the New York Daily News that the idea is “ludicrous.”
Gary Myers of the Daily News reported that the Giants tried to hire Saban in 1997 — and thought they he had him — and tried again in 2004 before hiring Tom Coughlin.
The Daily News also reported that all signs point to New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia becoming the next Giants head coach.
Saban won his sixth national championship on Monday night with five of those titles coming at Alabama, which paid him more than $11 million in 2017. He was head coach of the Miami Dolphins for two seasons (2005-06), compiling a 15-17 record, before leaving for Alabama in 2007.
–Field Level Media