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ESPN Analyst Mentions Nick Saban For An NFL Job

alabama head coach nick saban at the sec championship game

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 35-28 in the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Nick Saban hasn't coached in the NFL for more than a decade, but that doesn't stop people from bringing his name up for open jobs in the league. ESPN's Ryan Clark is the latest to do so.

Appearing on Get Up! this morning, Clark advocated for the Green Bay Packers to pursue Saban. Clark didn't say if Saban would be interested in Green Bay's hypothetical overtures, just that the team should contact him.

The Packers are looking for a new head coach after jettisoning Mike McCarthy mid-season.

Here's what Clark had to say, via For The Win's transcription:

“If you’re Green Bay right now, you sell the [farm]. You sell the [farm]. You send everybody to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and you try to get Nick Saban to leave Alabama and become the coach. When you look at quarterback-coach relationships — Sean Payton and Drew Brees, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady — there is mutual respect and accountability there.

“There is no one who can hold Aaron Rodgers more accountable than Nick Saban. If he asks for $10 million, you give it to him. Nothing left to prove in Tuscaloosa. He’s the guy you need.”

Saban has won five national titles at Alabama and is going for a sixth this season. His Crimson Tide have the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff and are preparing to face Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

Could Saban be swayed by the NFL at this point? Something tells us it is doubtful, but that doesn't mean it won't be something that people will continue speculating about.