When Nick Saban arrived Monday afternoon at Fairhope Stadium — the site of the first Senior Bowl practice — the whole atmosphere changed. Donning an Alabama-red sports coat with an “A” pin on the lapel, Saban strolled onto the sidelines as a wave of media began forming around him. Kids yelled from the stands: “Look, it’s him!”
There was no question whose state we were in.
After a brief session with reporters, Saban was swiftly escorted by Eagles public relations to where Chip Kelly was standing. Kelly wanted to use the opportunity to catch up with the Alabama coach. The two took in practice together and talked for about 15-20 minutes before Saban disappeared out of site.
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Saban responds to questions about a possible future in the NFL, while a local product keeps an eye on the Eagles’ moves.
With five head-coaching jobs still available around the NFL, several assistants figure to get interviews this week.
Many of the names being mentioned – Gus Bradley, Mike McCoy, Jay Gruden - were unfamiliar to Eagles fans as recently as a few weeks ago. But if you happen to be engaging in conversation today about who Andy Reid’s successor should be, chances are, you’re throwing around some bigger names.
We’re talking about names like Nick Saban.
Would the hiring of Chip Kelly in Philadelphia take Nick Foles out of the quarterback equation?
Ron Jaworksi seems to think so.
“Nick Foles will not run a Chip Kelly offense if he decided to come here, rest assured of that,” Jaws told Jon Marks and Sean Brace on 97.5 The Fanatic. “If a coach like Chip Kelly…that runs this up-tempo, spread, speed-style option, these guys come here, there might be a future for Michael Vick. I know he’s , I know he’s been beat up, but I’ll tell you, some of the things I’m seeing, Michael Vick can do the same things these guys are doing in the spread option.”
An accomplished assistant with local roots is going to become a free agent at the end of the season, according to a report.
A source tells Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has turned down a contract extension with the team.
Pettine has spent the last four years with Rex Ryan in New York. He was a defensive assistant with the Ravens from 2002-2008 and is a well-known name in high school football circles. Pettine’s Dad coached 33 years at C.B. West, while Pettine was the head coach at North Penn for five seasons.
The latest coaching buzz on Sean Payton, Nick Saban and Chip Kelly.
If you haven’t seen Ron Jaworski‘s comments on Nick Saban yet, here they are:
“I’m not a Saban guy because I don’t like liars and I think he lied. I think he lied to the Miami Dolphins and the fans of Miami and he left. And I think it’s pretty simple — I think integrity is very important. If you don’t have integrity I don’t know how you can be successful. Yeah, I know he’s great at Alabama and he’ll probably win another national championship but I just don’t like people that don’t have integrity, so it’s pretty easy for me to say that I don’t want Nick Saban in town.”
Something tells me Jaws is not a fan of Nick Saban. And when it comes to the NFL fraternity, he is not alone.