New York Post column floats idea that Jets should reach out to Nick Saban (photo)
In the aftermath of the New York Jets cleaning house on the NFL’s “Black Monday” by firing general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan, New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro floated the theory in Tuesday’s edition that the team should reach out to Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban to gauge his interest in the now-vacant head coaching position.
The back page of the Post utilized the headline “Pick Nick” as a means to tantalize readers into opening up the paper and perusing Vaccaro’s column.
Vaccaro challenged Jets owner Woody Johnson to make good on his post-firing comments regarding how the Jets are “in the win business” to justify the dismissals of Idzik and Ryan.
But there is one name that has to intrigue Woody Johnson right now, because if winning is an industry, he is as prosperous as the law allows. He is, in fact, the second-best football coach on the planet (and, not coincidentally, the professional spawn of No. 1).
Yes: Maybe only a fool would abandon a kingdom in Tuscaloosa for a condo in Florham Park, and Saban is no fool. Yes: As a close FOH (Friend of the Hoodie), he will be given the chapter-and-verse reasons from Bill Belichick why he should stay away (and remember, it was Belichick’s concerns with “various uncertainties” about the Jets’ pending owner — Johnson — that caused him to pen his famed “HC of the NYJ” soliloquy two weeks before Johnson officially closed on the team in 2000).
Indeed, the Jets position would be an incredibly tough sell for Johnson, especially given Saban is essentially treated as reverentially as a gridiron god at Alabama.
Vacarro argues that Johnson needs to make the Jets head coaching job one that “Saban can’t turn down.” He also notes, to his credit, the several holes that exist in an unlikely narrative that Saban actually would leave Tuscaloosa, even if Johnson indeed pulled out all the stops in an effort to lure him back into the NFL.
After all, Saban’s last foray into the National Football League didn’t go so well, a troublesome two-season campaign with the Miami Dolphins from which Saban slunk back to the college coaching ranks with his tail tucked between his legs.
Even if Johnson backed up an armored truck loaded with cash to Saban’s door and even exceeded the reported $8 million per year Jim Harbaugh reportedly is about to receive (although subsequent reports indicate that number is closer to $5 million annually), it may not be enough. Saban makes nearly $7 million per year at Alabama, so it would have to be a ridiculous sum of cash to lure him to New Jersey, much more than the reported $100 million contract the Texas Longhorns allegedly were willing to offer him to come to Austin.
But as far as a column espousing fantastical theories about who the Jets should bring in as its new head coach is concerned, Vacarro does make an excellent point: If Johnson wants to put his money where his mouth is, he might as well give it all to Nick Saban … even if the chances of such an eventuality playing out are virtually nil.
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