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Nick Saban would be Browns top target if Lombardi is hired as GM

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03:56 AM ET 12.10 | Back in the early 90s, a young coach named Bill Belichick -- a protege of Bill Parcels-- became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. He assembled what would eventually become a staff of successful head coaches, assistants and executives in the NFL and all the men became a tight knit group. Nick Saban was defensive coordinator for the Browns during this stretch from 1991-1994 and many believe had the team not moved after 1995 that the staff would have won a Super Bowl. Micheal Lombardi was also a part of that group, serving as a glorified temp, and according to the report, should Lombardi become the new general manager of the Cleveland Browns, his old colleague Nick Saban would become his top coaching target. It's not a new formula. The whole reason people think the Browns would have won a Super Bowl relies heavily on the fact that Scott Pioli reunited with Belichick in New England and the duo created a dynasty. The hope in Cleveland is that not only will Lombardi and Saban recreate that magic, but they'd be doing in the place many believe Belichick should have been winning Super Bowls in the late 90s.

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Nick Saban, AP Photo/Kevin Reece Nick Saban, AP Photo/Kevin Reece
December 10, 2012  06:59 AM ET

Assuming Satan would leave for the NFL. I guess it will be more likely after the Irish take out Bama in the title game. After the flyin Hawaiian surfs all over his tide...will he tuck tail and run?

December 10, 2012  07:03 AM ET

many believe had the team not moved after 1995 that the staff would have won a Super Bowl


If they'd kept the team in Cleveland the Browns would have won a Super Bowl... with Brian Billick.

December 10, 2012  07:25 AM ET

I don't see it happening. Saban is a college coach. He tried the NFL once before & it doesn't suit his style of coaching.

December 10, 2012  07:32 AM ET

Didn't Saban already leave the NFL hanging once ?

December 10, 2012  07:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Didn't Saban already leave the NFL hanging once ?

Another college team as well

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December 10, 2012  07:47 AM ET

Cleveland is already on it's way!!!

December 10, 2012  07:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Didn't Saban already leave the NFL hanging once ?

Yep. Left the Fish for the Tide less than two weeks after saying this,

"I guess I have to say it. I'm not going to be the Alabama coach."

December 10, 2012  07:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Cleveland is already on it's way!!!

Unfortunately it's using Apple Maps.

December 10, 2012  07:51 AM ET

Please God NOOOOOO!!!!

I bet Lombardi is putting this story out there himself to try and drum up interest in him. Heckert has done a very good job since he was hired and deserves to stay on to finish the job.

December 10, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I bet Lombardi is putting this story out there himself to try and drum up interest in him. Heckert has done a very good job since he was hired and deserves to stay on to finish the job.

More like some Auburn folks who want to pump up their new coach with a distraction. Or a Cleveland DJ who's trying to fill in air time and pump up his ratings.

Folks have been saying that Saban would leave Bama after two years. Then after three years. Then after four years. Same thing happened with Coach Bryant in the 1960s.

'T'aint gonna happen, folks.

December 10, 2012  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't see it happening. Saban is a college coach. He tried the NFL once before & it doesn't suit his style of coaching.

Exactly.

I suppose it doesn't hurt to ask the guy but there is no way Saban comes back to the NFofL.

December 10, 2012  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Cleveland is already on it's way!!!

Burn on, big river....

December 10, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Saban isn't leaving Alabama for Cleveland. Come on, no way, that's like a demotion.


If he does it'd only be like 2 years or so till he ran back to the college ranks, just like last time.

December 10, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Saban isn't leaving Alabama for Cleveland. Come on, no way, that's like a demotion.If he does it'd only be like 2 years or so till he ran back to the college ranks, just like last time.

He'd make more money in the NFL. Cleveland has some good young talent so they are an up and coming team and he has won 3 NC so there aren't any challenges left at the college level. If the situation is right he jumps.

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December 10, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Saban isn't leaving Alabama for Cleveland. Come on, no way, that's like a demotion.If he does it'd only be like 2 years or so till he ran back to the college ranks, just like last time.

Yes, true even despite some of their recent improvements

December 10, 2012  12:16 PM ET

Why on earth would Saban leave Bama? He has EVERYTHING down there. He did the NFL thing before and did not like it, gave it up to coach college, where he can have things HIS way. His coaching style would not do well with pro players. As far as Lombardi goes, he is an idiot, why do you think he is on the NFL network and not working in some teams front office, it is because he is a buffoon and can not evaluate talent. His latest great call was admonishing the Browns for wasting a second round draft pick next year for Josh Gordon. Uh Mike, he is leading ALL rookie receivers in yardage and TDs. Nice call !@#clown.

December 10, 2012  12:57 PM ET

Saban isn't going anywhere. And he certainly wouldn't leave Tuscaloosa for Cleveland.

 
December 10, 2012  01:00 PM ET
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He'd make more money in the NFL. Cleveland has some good young talent so they are an up and coming team and he has won 3 NC so there aren't any challenges left at the college level. If the situation is right he jumps.

Not true at all. At Alabama he would have a job for life, with more money than he ever wanted. At Cleveland he would get 5-7 years at most and either get out because of stress or be run out of town.

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