As if Alabama fans needed any further confirmation that the perennial “Nick Saban to [anywhere]” meme is ten pounds of hooey in a five pound bag…
And all of this happened after Cleveland was thrown into a frenzy by a report in the Boston Globe that speculated on Nick Saban and Mike Lombardi teaming up as CEO Joe Banner’s dream team to replace Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert. It marked the fourth different national media outlet to link the smooth-talking Lombardi to the Browns. The twist Sunday morning was having Lombardi somehow being the deal-maker to persuade Saban to leave Alabama.
“Let me tell you something,” said a league source with knowledge of both men. “Nick Saban wouldn’t work with Mike Lombardi in a thousand years.”
Browns fans can breathe a little easier about national predictions of another management overhaul after Shurmur produced his widest margin of victory in 29 games as Browns coach, and the team's most lopsided since 2003.