With the NFL regular season ending in just two weeks, the coaching rumor mill is spinning in high gear. One of the most popular rumors in recent weeks has been the possibility of University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban joining the NFL coaching ranks, with the Cleveland Browns. One former Crimson Tide and current Cleveland Browns player doesn’t see Saban jumping to the NFL, RB Trent Richardson.
Richardson told reporters on Wednesday, “I can’t see him coming to the NFL. I would be very shocked.” Saban’s name has been linked to the Browns along with current NFL Network analyst, Michael Lombardi. Saban’s wife made some comments on a recent radio show which could have been construed as the expectations of the coaching job at Alabama were just too high each and every season. Saban’s wife also suggested that current Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart could be a great fit as the head coach of the Tide.Richardson went on to tell reporters that he believed Saban would retire as the head coach of the Crimson Tide.
“I could see him staying at Alabama and retiring at Alabama,” said Richardson.
Saban is preparing his team for a run at a third National Title. If he wins, one could speculate that he might now want to achieve something at the next level in his coaching career, a possible Super Bowl championship. Of course, this would potentially be Saban’s second return to the NFL. He joined the Miami Dolphins after coaching at LSU but joined the University of Alabama after just two seasons in the NFL.
The Browns are one of the teams believed to have a coaching vacancy at the end of the season. The organization is under new ownership and front office changes have already been made, a replacement of Pat Shurmur is expected.