The New York Giants started their house-cleaning on Monday morning when team owner John Mara fired their clown of a head coach Ben McAdoo after just two seasons at the helm of the team. The Giants also terminated inept General Manager Jerry Reese signaling their will be a whole new operation running the team come 2018. This comes on the heels of the embarrassing benching of Eli Manning for Geno Smith and a marquee NFL franchise holding a 2-10 record on the season. The search for a new Head Coach and General Manager is on, and the first call will in all likelihood be to Alabama’s Nick Saban.
Saban failed out with the Miami Dolphins after just two seasons posting an unimpressive 15-17 record, but has since gone back to college and collected four national championships while turning Alabama into the bastion of college football. During the nine years at Bama, Saban is 101–18 (.849) with the four national titles and four SEC Championships.
Now, Alabama is back in the college football playoff despite an underwhelming 11-1 Crimson Tide team (compared to previous years) and Saban could perhaps have one more great opportunity to prove he can coach at the highest level. Saban is one of the greatest football minds of all-time, there’s no denying that, but there has got to be a part of him that feels like there is unfinished business. He was reportedly interested in the Giants job two years ago at least a little, but opted to stay with thw Crimson Tide making back-to-back title games.
This could be the opening that lures Saban from Alabama and back to the NFL giving it one last shot. Just think about it, stable ownership, huge market and an organization that will give Saban all the resources at his disposal to turn the boys in blue back into a winning team. Saban would demand to control all the personnel like his good friend Bill Belichick has done in New England for almost two decades. It is the perfect scenario here because there’s no general manager in his way, and no ties to a QB that would hinder his choice of whom to get at the position. While he could opt to keep Eli Manning, the Giants will also have a top-5 pick where they could draft their next franchise guy like a Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen to develop under Saban.
Another option is soon-to-be free agent Drew Brees. Yes Brees is 39 and the Saints will do all they can to lock him up especially with their success this season, but what if Sean Payton opts to go in a different direction after this year? Saban missed out on Brees when his GM took Daunte Culpepper which would plague his tenure in South Beach, just imagine what he would’ve done then with Brees as his Quarterback? A long-shot perhaps, but Drew Brees and Nick Saban in New York puts that franchise on the fast-track to be back contending overnight.
There are candidates aplenty that the Giants can pursue, and all will come far cheaper than Saban (who makes upwards of $11M annually), but it would be foolish for the Mara’s to not at least put in a call and try to peak the all-time coach’s interest. Good friend Bill Belichchick holds the Giants franchise with the highest of regards and would surely talk them up to Saban if he does want to return to the league. I’m also sure Saban would be happy to be in the opposing conference as Belichick and the Patriots and not have to face them twice a year.
Nick Saban may not leave the perfect setup and powerhouse he has built at Alabama, but one of the most prestigious jobs in all of football and a full control over all football decisions may just peak his interest. Stranger things have happened, but Nick Saban in New York makes a lot of sense on a lot of levels.
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