The AD, Blake James, is tied to Manny Diaz - paid a $4m buyout of his contract a week after he had him in the building (Diaz was the DC, left to take the Temple HC job, then Richt retired. Less than 36 hours later Blake James had hired Diaz back). If Diaz is fired I'm 90% sure James will be fired too.
Same AD overlooked Cristobal and the rumour is Mario holds a grudge about it and wouldn't work with the guy.
So unless influential Board of Trustee members are reaching out to test the water with Cristobal (which could be happening as they'd be the ones footing his buyout) I don't know where that rumour has come from - 'cos there's no chance Blake James is.
If Darnold continues on this pace, Brady will get credit for his career resurrection and teams will be lining up to poach him and hope he can develop a franchise QB for them too. Steve Wilks was hired as a HC after an extremely underwhelming year as a DC... There is a decent chance we lose Brady to a HC opportunity after this season, as ridiculous as that may sound to many here.