At the press conference that followed the 2013 BCS National Championship, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban addressed the media regarding the numerous rumors that have been circulated in the sports media about him potentially taking another NFL coaching [...]
In his first post-season press conference, Alabama head coach Nick Saban addressed AJ McCarron’s decision to come back for his senior year, rooting for Notre Dame as a kid and coaching in the NFL.
The drama that is the New York Jets organization continues. The same day coach Rex Ryan named former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy the starting quarterback, benching Mark Sanchez, the New York Daily News is reporting that Tim Tebow will seek a trade at the end of the season.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron said that he was not going to the NFL following this season. And we thought we had heard Nick Saban say the same thing. Nevertheless, as the Crimson Tide returned to practice, and Saban returned to media accessibility, the subjects were rehashed.
On the heels of a disastrous outing against the Titans, New York’s head man is moving in a different direction under center. After the New York Jets season came crashing down to earth with an ugly loss on Monday Night to the Tennessee Titans, Rex Ryan informed Mark Sanchez he would be relegated to bench duties for Gang Green’s final two games of the regular season. Ryan announced on Tuesday that second-year player Greg McElroy will be handed the keys to the offense as the Jets embark on a search for their quarterback of the future.
Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked Tuesday if he’s still as happy coaching college football as he has said he is. It was a back-door way of asking about a report that suggested a return to the NFL might be a possibility. So he barked, right? Quite the contrary.
Alabama athletic director Mal Moore can look back on his conversations with Nick Saban and feel good about keeping the three-time national championship-winning coach with the Crimson Tide even as rumored NFL opportunities arise. Moore knows how Saban views the pro game and doesn’t believe it’s a place he’ll return without a drastic change of heart. “He’s expressed to me on several occasions … that he’s happy here,” Moore said. “He feels very comfortable, and I believe him.”
The Atlanta Falcons remained the NFL’s only undefeated team by beating the Dallas Cowboys 19-13 on Sunday night, and former Foley High School standout Julio Jones again played a big part in the Atlanta attack. Jones, a wide receiver who played at Alabama in college, caught five passes for 129 yards against the Cowboys. His receptions included a 38-yarder that he made even though Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne was flagged on interference on the play. Jones also had catches of 48, 20, 18 and 5 yards.
Steve Spurrier may not have been a good fit in the NFL. However, the ol’ ball coach says Nick Saban and powerhouse Alabama have what it takes to compete at the highest level. “Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said Wednesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabama would be favored by a little bit.”
Do we have to do this every year? Do we have to call out the most extreme and unnecessary hyperbole about the Alabama football team? Apparently, as long as coaches like Steve Spurrier and screaming heads like Skip Bayless walk the earth.
Trent Richardson broke one tackle, then another and was gone. The San Diego Chargers couldn’t stop the rookie running back who might be the one to make Cleveland relevant once more. On a day when every yard counted, Richardson delivered a dominating performance that even made Hall of Famer Jim Brown swell with pride. “Great running backs break tackles,” Brown said following Cleveland’s 7-6 win Sunday. “You do that, you are in control. You keep the ball. The other team is disheartened. That’s football.” And that’s why the Browns chose Richardson.
Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones of Foley provided the highlights for the Coastal Alabamians playing in the NFL on Sunday. The former Alabama standout was targeted only five times by Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan on a blustery day in Philadelphia, but Jones caught all five passes for 123 yards and one touchdown as the Falcons stayed undefeated with a 30-17 victory over the Eagles.
Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson underwent a successful scope procedure on his knee on Thursday and team officials are optimistic he will be ready to play in time for the season opener against Philadelphia.