Jordan Raanan reported that Rob Sale – New York Giants offensive line coach in 2021- is headed to the Swamp to become the offensive coordinator.
Just like Napier, Sale has an extensive background with the one and only Nick Saban. Rob was an offensive lineman at LSU from 1998-2002, Saban took over at LSU in late 1999. Saban would hire Sale for his first coaching position at Alabama in 2007 and he would remain on staff at Alabama in 2011. Napier worked alongside Sale during the 2011 season as he also was brought on staff by Saban.
Sale would later follow Napier to Arizona state, and then again to Louisiana when Napier took over as head coach of the Ragin’ Cajuns. Napier made Sale offensive coordinator in 2018 where he remained until 2021 when the Giants came calling.
There’s some great signs here just looking at Sale’s background. He played for Saban, understands the work effort it takes to compete for titles, as well as what it takes on the sidelines to coach and win titles with Saban.
Billy Napier has drawn many comparisons to Saban in the way that he runs his programs. Easily one of Napier’s best qualities, you want a guy who came from a winning culture and learned from the best. Just look at what Kirby Smart accomplished last night, sorry to bring that up.
This being the third different time that Napier has lured Sale to follow him is a great sign. It shows that Napier believes in this man to run his offense, and help grow his program not only at the Sun Belt level, but at the SEC level as well. He has the full trust of his former peer to run the Florida football programs offense.
It’s worth noting that Sale worked for Georgia in 2015 under Mark Richt. Richt was fired in 2015 and Sale would not be retained by the new head coach. Who was that head coach that didn’t believe Sale could help his football program? Yup, Kirby Smart.