There is a lot of talk about Nick Saban down here. Most of it negative at the Senior Bowl amongst the NFL community but on the outside Alabama fans are happy with the Tide's new hire.
One rather humorous story is about Saban and the cell phone given to him by the Miami Dolphins.
Seems Saban was given a cell phone with an unlimited account while he was head coach of the Dolphins. After bolting Miami for the Alabama job the organization continued to get huge cell phone bills from Saban's account. When the calls were traced it seems the former Dolphin coach was using the phone for his new job to recruit high-school prospects for Alabama!
The source told us the phone was immediately shut off.
Several college coaches have been roaming the sidelines looking for jobs.
Yesterday Larry Coker attended the South practice, dressed in full Miami Hurricane garb looking for a new employer. Today Buffalo head coach Turner Gill was roaming the sidelines of both practices looking to possible suitors.
John Dorsey of the Green Bay Packers has told people one of the players whose impressed him the most down here has been Iowa tight end Scott Chandler.
As first reported by scout.com, the Dallas Cowboys interestingly denied the
Cleveland Browns permission to talk to assistant head coach/offensive
line/running game Tony Sparano on Tuesday about their offensive line job.
Sources say that Dallas owner Jerry Jones respects Sparano very much and would
like to keep him around for the next head coach. Sparano called the plays in
2006 for Dallas but whether Sparano is a serious candidate for the vacant
head coaching position with Dallas is yet to be determined. It's believed,
however, that Sparano will get an interview for the job.
While the Arizona Cardinals fired offensive line coach Steve Loney on Tuesday, a league source told scout.com that the Cardinals actually denied at least one team permission to talk to Loney shortly after their season was over.
There has been much speculation on the future of New England Patriots running back Corey Dillon of late due to his age and contract status. A league source with knowledge of his contract situation told scout.com Tuesday that Dillon's remaining years on his contract are very salary cap friendly so his contract shouldn't be a determining factor in him coming back for another season. The source points out that his contract is very heavy with incentives over the final three years of the deal (2007-2009). As scout.com first reported at last year's Senior Bowl, Dillon's contract was restructured with more up front money in 2005-2006. The source also adds that Dillon still wants to play another year and it's up to the team whether they want him to come back for another season or let Dillon go with RB Laurence Maroney being the main ball carrier. Dillon is coming off of a season in which he played in all 16 games for the first time since the 2002 season.
After their season was over, it was assumed that Cleveland Browns offensive line coach Jeff Davidson would return for the same role for 2007. But as scout.com first reported last week, Davidson could be a candidate for jobs with the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers for either the offensive line or offensive coordinator positions. As things have progressed, Davidson was in contract negotiations with the Panthers after his interview with the team went well on Monday. The job Davidson wound up getting consideration with Carolina was for offensive coordinator. It's believed that Davidson shares a similar offensive philosophy of head coach John Fox which is a power running game with a vertical passing game.