Former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians intensified the Nick Saban-to-the-NFL rumors Tuesday when he said the Alabama head coach "covets" the New York Giants job.
Arians was asked on The Herd with Colin Cowherd if he thought Saban would consider a move to the NFL after winning his sixth national championship Monday — tying Alabama legend Bear Bryant for the most in college football history.
"It wouldn't surprise me," Arians said. "There's a job he covets and it just happens to be open."
Arians said that job is the Giants position.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 9, 2018
Arians was asked why the job was so appealing and said,"Because they're the New York Giants. When we grew up, they were the thing."
Saban is 66, and he does have NFL coaching experience. Saban went 15-17 in two disappointing seasons as head coach of the Dolphins from 2005–2006 before he returned to the college ranks and built a dynasty at Alabama. He has a 132-20 record with the Crimson Tide.
Arians retired from coaching Jan. 1, finishing his time in Arizona with a 48–30–1 record. The 65-year-old is a two-time AP NFL Coach of the Year Winner.
The Giants job opened up in early December when New York fired head coach Ben McAdoo.