“I don’t have any unfinished business in the NFL,” Saban said over the weekend, according to USA Today. “It’s not something I’m concerned about. It’s not even anything I want to do.”
Of course, what coaches say and what they do are often two different things. Saban is coming off back-to-back BCS titles and now has four overall (three in the past four seasons). Maybe he’s perfectly content staying in Tuscaloosa and going for a three-peat. Maybe he has his eyes on Bear Bryant’s record of six national titles. Maybe he figures he’s already had a taste of the NFL, and it wasn’t that great. Maybe.
It was impossible to come away from Alabama's destruction of #1 Notre Dame without acknowledging that Nick Saban is one of the top five football coaches anywhere in the country. I don't know if he wants to try the NFL again after a poor experience in Miami. Probably not, although no one seems to enjoy success less than Saban.
But the broader point is that the Eagles should try to get him. I like Mike McCoy and Gus Bradley and others on paper. They seem like they could be good head coaches. But with his third title in four years, Saban has proven that he is a level above everyone else in college football -- and he wasn't so bad with the Dolphins either. Whatever other personal quirks (read: demonic undertones) you have to embrace to hire him, there's a good chance Saban makes it worth your while.