Not a Supporting Member?


Become a Gold Club Supporting Member to remove this box and all other advertisments! Only $15 per year. Click HERE for more info!

Page 13 of 37 FirstFirst ... 3111213141523 ... LastLast
Results 121 to 130 of 362
  1. #121
    Community Moderator marv81s's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    13,104

    Register to remove this advertisement
    Direct Snap: More misdirection from Nick Saban as rumors of return to NFL swirl?
    1 hour 53 minutes ago

    This is how the world turns with Nick Saban.

    On Tuesday, a longtime source was insistent that rumors about Saban leaving Alabama to return to the NFL are off-base.
    “That’s not happening,” the source said, emphatically.

    As I posted on Twitter, take the adamant denial for what it’s worth, particularly when another source I spoke with on Thursday claimed that Saban has already begun interviewing potential assistants he would take to the Cleveland Browns with him. The source laid out the timing of how current Browns coach Pat Shurmur will be fired after the season, one or two candidates will be interviewed (complete with the name of a minority candidate) and that Saban will be hired on Jan. 8, the day after Alabama’s BCS title game tilt vs. Notre Dame.

    That bit of information advances an earlier report by Boston Globe ace NFL writer Greg Bedard about Saban wanting to return to the NFL and that Saban would work with current NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi. Lombardi is a former personnel man with several teams, including Cleveland, Oakland and Denver.

    So exactly what should anyone believe about Saban?

    Sadly, everything and nothing.

    Anyone who knows the 61-year-old Saban understands his anxious side. He is not a man who puts down roots. He’s a man who pulls them up and then heads for the next job. He has told his own players (as he did at Michigan State) that he was staying one day, then left for LSU the next.

    Until he got to Alabama, he had not been at a place longer than five years. He’s in his sixth season with Alabama, and as much as you’d think he could coach the Crimson Tide for the remainder of his career, that’s not his style.

    Saban likes challenges. He has succeeded in turning around programs, winning national titles at LSU and Alabama.

    Another telling trait is that Saban likes to live in denial just as he’s about to go from one place to another. There was the move from Michigan State to LSU. When he left the Miami Dolphins for Alabama, he lied time after time about how he wouldn’t be the Crimson Tide’s next coach.

    Then there was Saban’s interview with Miami radio host Dan Le Batard on Monday in which Saban talked about leaving the Dolphins. Saban, not surprisingly, downplayed the idea of leaving Alabama.

    “I really enjoy what I'm doing here right now,” said Saban, who went 15-17 in two seasons with the Dolphins. “I'm getting old now. I don't think we've got too many moves left in us. You develop a lot of relationships and loyalties to the players you recruit and the players you have on the team and the people you have in the organization. I don't think it's really fair to leave. I regretted when I left LSU, because I left a lot of relationships there. Hopefully I'll be able to stay here for a long, long time."

    OK. But when Saban was asked later on about the regrettable decision to trade for Daunte Culpepper rather than sign Drew Brees in 2006, Saban was misleading.

    “We think Drew Brees was an outstanding player. That's the guy we made the first offer to,” said Saban, who’s trying to win his third national title in four seasons. “Quite frankly, he didn't pass the physical with our organization so we had to go in a different direction, and there was really nothing any of us could do about that.”

    The Dolphins never made Brees an offer, a source said then and reiterated recently. If they had, he probably would have taken it because he badly wanted to be with the Dolphins.

    The question, of course, is why would Saban not be forthcoming about that detail? Was it to deflect criticism from him to the doctors about Brees? Was it to clear his reputation as he prepares to return to the NFL?

    With Saban, it’s hard to know because it’s hard to know the truth from fiction.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--di...013829913.html

  2. #122
    Moderator IrishDodger's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Benton, Arkansas
    Posts
    5,776
    I don't think Saban leaves for the NFL anytime soon...if ever. One thing he knows about himself is that he hates losing games more than he loves winning games. In the NFL, the talent isn't as disparate as in college so every team is talented. A team can lose 6-7 games and still be in the playoff hunt. In other words, the HC better get over his hatred for losing if he wants to focus on getting his team back on track & into the playoffs. In college, Saban has elite talent w/ very few teams that can match up with his. He knows his team can likely win on talent alone for 8-9 of their games most years. That leaves him to focus his attention on beating LSU, the SEC East Champ in the Championship Game & their BCS bowl opponent. There's going to be a lot of NFL jobs open up this off season. I think Saban will be to the NFL as what Gruden is to the NCAA...grist for the rumor mill.

  3. #123
    Gold Club Member Purebred Irishman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    4,027
    All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract themfrom achieving their aims.

    - Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach

  4. #124
    Moderator HoffVir's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    West Chester, OH
    Posts
    13,659

    ............................||| Notre Dame Notes Spreadsheet |||..........................

  5. #125

  6. #126
    Platinum Member Sweeney6083's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    1,053
    Winners find a way to win!

  7. #127
    Senior Member lowayne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    2,864
    Quote Originally Posted by lowayne View Post
    I don't like all these perfection t-shirts. We have another game to play. It's like AFC or NFC champion t-shirts in the NFL.
    Of course, I got the Undefeated Season T-Shirt from my in-laws and I made a crack about it. I am in the dog house now.
    "Doggonnit............The Lord gave you two legs, protect them" - Coach Hart

  8. #128
    Senior Member njuneardave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    794
    as you should be. that was a dick move.

  9. #129
    Senior Member lowayne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    2,864
    Quote Originally Posted by njuneardave View Post
    as you should be. that was a dick move.
    I take it you spent money on an "undefeated season" t-shirt.
    "Doggonnit............The Lord gave you two legs, protect them" - Coach Hart

  10. #130
    Senior Member njuneardave's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    794
    nope.

    but if someone gives you a gift, you don't make a snarky comment about it.

Page 13 of 37 FirstFirst ... 3111213141523 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •