Indy columnist feels that Jim Irsay will pursue Nick Saban

Though the 4-5 Indianapolis Colts are at the top of the AFC South, head coach Chuck Pagano’s contract is up at the end of the season and there is little reason to believe that he will sign a new one.

If one were to ask columnist Bob Kravitz of local NBC outlet WTHR, owner Jim Irsay could be planning for a big hire that could make or break GM Ryan Grigson.

Appearing on a podcast with Adam Schein, Kravitz offered his take on things, including the prospect that Irsay would indeed hire Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.

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“I think it comes down to this: Jim Irsay is going to make the next coaching hire.  If he brings in a guy who demands full power – like, say, a Nick Saban, who I think he’s going to go after – if he brings in a Nick Saban, he’s going to have full power and that means that (Colts GM) Ryan Grigson will either be kicked to the curb or he’ll have a different role in the organization.  If he brings in a Pagano-lite, another offensive or defensive coordinator, I think that Grigson stays.  So I think it’s really a 50/50 proposition at this point.”

That would certainly be a splash, as Saban has proven year after year that Alabama can contend for a national championship in spite of losing key players to graduation, the NFL Draft or both. He has gone 94-18 (55-12 SEC) in eight-plus seasons at Alabama and has won three national titles, so his winning attitude could definitely benefit the Colts.

But let’s not forget that Saban is 64 and despite his experience, Irsay could opt to go for someone younger. Moreover, Saban left the college game for the NFL once before and it did not turn out so well.

In two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, he was 15-17.

But anything can happen in the NFL and if Jim Irsay has his heart set on Saban, he’ll stop at nothing to land him even if Saban resists initial efforts. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for more updates on this story!

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