Nick Saban: I might still be in Miami if they let me sign Drew Brees

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Nick Saban famously left the Dolphins to coach Alabama after promising he wouldn’t. But Saban says that might never have happened if he’d been allowed to sign the quarterback he wanted.

In an interview on ESPN, Saban repeated the story that he wanted to sign free agent quarterback Drew Brees in 2006, and that the deal was about to get done when the Dolphins’ team doctors nixed it. Brees was coming off a shoulder injury that the Miami medical staff said was too serious to overcome.

When it didn’t work out with Brees, the Dolphins moved on to Daunte Culpepper, while Brees went to the Saints. We all know what happened next: It was Culpepper who struggled to recover from his injury the previous year and was never a good quarterback again. Brees became an All-Pro and Super Bowl MVP and has never missed a game due to injury in his nine seasons as a Saint.

As Saban looks back on that, he wonders if he and Brees would still be together in Miami if the Dolphins’ doctors had cleared Brees’s shoulder.

“If we’d had Drew Brees, I might still be in Miami,” Saban said.

Those comments are surprising not because Saban wishes he’d signed Brees — any coach would want to sign a quarterback like Brees — but because Saban is suggesting that there’s a scenario in which the NFL, not college football, becomes his true calling as a coach. Perhaps some NFL owner will hear those comments and think about giving Saban a call the next time his team has an opening.

97 responses to “Nick Saban: I might still be in Miami if they let me sign Drew Brees

  1. I feel like I don’t trust you when you say that. Then again, nobody trusts when you say anything about your time in the NFL.

  2. The only people less truthful than Nick Saban are Bob Kraft and Tom Brady.

    In fact all 3 are at the bottom of the Class barrel, and none have an ounce of integrity.

  3. If you believe this, I’ll sell you the Statue of Liberty for $1. Nick SATAN is a LYING SACK OF MANURE!

  4. Nope.

    Saban is a defensive guy. he doesn’t know quarterbacks. What was he going to do with Drew Brees in 2006? Brees shoulder was still recovering, he couldn’t throw a ball 30 yards with a running start that season. Sean Payton had to design an offense to cover that issue up. Would Saban have been able to do that? I doubt it.

  5. Wow think you may have misinterpreted what he was saying with your end paragraph. All’s he is saying is that he may still have been with Miami if the Miami Doctors didn’t screw him out of Brees

  6. I like how it’s the Dolphins fault that he left after he repeatedly promised he wasn’t going to leave. He eats 2 oatmeal cream pies for breakfast everyday. That’s poor people food

  7. Absolute BS ! Everyone is a genius in hindsight. You routinely recruit the best incoming athletes at Bama and always lose a few games anyway. The success at Bama is because of the Assts. Kirby Smart and Lane Kiffin. You are a nothing Coach who rides other’s coattails. You are a Quitter! A good Coach takes what they have and makes it better. Not Quits and make excuses a decade later. Philbin is not my favorite, but he is better than Saban.

  8. It’s convenient for him to mention this years later, in hindsight. It wasn’t a big enough deal to Satan 9 years ago to mention it. Gee, I wonder why Satan is talking about the NFL lately?

  9. Wait a minute here. I thought your winning was due to great coaching, not great players. Well maybe when you win, it’s the coaching, but when you lose, it’s the players.

  10. “but because Saban is suggesting that there’s a scenario in which the NFL, not college football, becomes his true calling as a coach. ”

    ———————

    THAT’S a bit hyperbolic

  11. I just read the book about him. What an impressive career but he seems like he’s a fixer not a long term coach. Let’s not be confused here that every time the rumor mill starts shaking he gets a nice raise. He more than likely deserves it but is there really a place in sports let alone society where 1 person has as much control over a situation like he does? Is he the love to hate coach? Players do succeed under him and most end up making tons of money in the pros. It just doesn’t seem like he’s long for any one particular spot. I can’t help but think the Texas rumors will start to ramp up again this year just like Colts rumors have already.

  12. Focus on your school Nick :::: nobody wants to hear you yap about the NFL….the reason your not there is your a liar & clueless …. Stay where you are don’t ever come back

  13. He’s just one of those guys (we all know some in our daily lives) who has never been wrong (in their own mind). It’s always someone else’s fault.

  14. “i am not going to alabama,i repeat i am not going to alabama,no way no how”!!!!!!!! sincerely nick saban….as he was already negotiating with alabama!

  15. Brees’ shoulder was still recovering? Dummy, he threw for 4500 yards, had the highest completion percentage on deep throws, and took the Saints to the NFCCG that year.

  16. raiderguy10 says:

    And the chargers are wishing they never let him walk in the first place
    ————————————————————

    31 teams passed on Brees, including yours.

    His shoulder was a mess and we had an excellent QB in the wings.

    Brees wanted, and got, a sizeable chunk of guaranteed money from the Saints despite his injury.

    The Chargers decision was right then, and it would be right now.

  17. Because Nick Saban is the most honest person I have ever met

    – Plaxico Burress two days before Saban leaves Michigan St. for LSU despite promising he would stay.

  18. He is a compulsive liar. All those high caliber QBs he was able to recruit show he is telling the truth this time, right? Maybe he can sell a couple more books with this but Miami fans know he is full of it.

  19. I totally never thought about this before, but Saban is right. The dolphins are where Drew wanted to go and if Saban had gotten his wish the Dolphins may be challenging the Pats every year for the AFC east.

    Think about having Drew Brees on offense and Nick Saban running your defense!! That’s nearly as good as the Brady & Belicheck combo.

  20. And the chargers are wishing they never let him walk in the first place
    =========================
    Just so everybody knows the facts: First four years as starters with the Chargers:

    Drew Brees
    W-L record 30-28
    Playoff record 0-1

    Philip Rivers
    W-L record 46-18
    Playoff record 3-4

    Add to that the shoulder injury, which appeared to be a career-ender, going with Rivers was the obvious choice. Not only that, Rivers accomplished what Brees couldn’t with just about the same team.

    The more you know . . . . . . .

  21. Brilliant deflection by Satan. Blame the Dolphin organization for his betrayal.
    How come a feel the need to take a shower every time I see a Satan or a Meyer on the tube?

  22. Here are some more Chargers/Brees/Rivers interesting facts:

    The Raiders haven’t had a winning season since before Brees left or to put it another way, they haven’t had a winning season during Rivers 10-year career as a Charger.

  23. Tosh called this last week. YouTube “Tosh Saban Unauthorized”
    Epic rant from the world’s funniest Dolphins fan. 2:05 is the Brees part.

  24. At the end of the day, it was his call. He decided to sign Culpepper, not the doctors.

    So, now he’s blaming Fins doctors, not his wife.

    Lying sack of poop!!!!

  25. Not surprised by the incompetence of the the Fins medical staff based upon the inept performance of their entire organization for the last 40 years. Brees was clearly the right call but Culpepper proved to be the perfect Fin.

  26. The buck stopped with you Nick. You’re the one who created a dictatorship organizational structure while you’re in Miami so that you’d have total control. Can’t have total control and then blame someone else when you make a mistake

  27. I remember reading an article about the Brees/Culpepper decision years ago. There were quite a few quotes from Saban. It basically went like this:

    Saban grilled the team doctors. And he said, “You mean Brees won’t be able to throw for more than 20 yards until October? I can’t sign a quarterback like that!”

    Now, of course, Brees beat doctors’ expectations and was ready in time for training camp and then the season. But at the time, in Feburary-March, the Chargers and subsequently Saban were being told otherwise, so they went with Rivers and Culpepper respectively. The Saints, having absolutely no alternatives and nothing to really lose, went with Brees and the rest is history.

    The decision was Saban’s alone. He certainly preferred Brees and the fact he didn’t have to give up draft picks as he did with Culpepper. He could have taken the chance, but chose to go with the doctors’ advice, so ultimately it’s on him.

  28. drewzducks says:
    Sep 6, 2015 10:57 AM
    Not surprised by the incompetence of the the Fins medical staff based upon the inept performance of their entire organization for the last 40 years. Brees was clearly the right call but Culpepper proved to be the perfect Fin.
    —————————————————-
    Brees OWN doctor even botched the call. He thought his shoulder was done.

    Don’t let facts get in the way though.

  29. drewzducks says:
    Sep 6, 2015 10:57 AM
    Not surprised by the incompetence of the the Fins medical staff based upon the inept performance of their entire organization for the last 40 years.

    Yeah, being the 3rd Winningiest Team in the NFL is inept.

  30. It’s funny how you guys continue to blast Saban for being a liar yet you let Belichick walk between the rain drops in a storm.
    =============================
    Not a Patriots fan, but I believe that website “Your Team Cheats” rates the Pats as pretty low in regards to cheating.

    Not sure which team is yours, but you might want to check that website out just to make sure.

  31. Saban is a coach who blames everything else other than himself for his decisions. He listened to his wife who hated south Florida and placed to much weight on the Doctor’s opinion without getting a 2nd or 3rd opinion. Something that every average person today knows how to undertake. Why did the New Orleans Saints invest in Brees. The entire medical read on him could not have been all bad or perhaps they got several opinions. Saban is a profound liar in addition to being a never ending whiner. Please Nick just shut up.

  32. Saban was not that great I remember playing the Titans running the ball down their throats get close to the goal line end of the 4th with a 1st down I believe and start passing. The defense was very tired and Miami was knocking them 2 yds. off the line at the snap. THAT is bad coaching.

    He has much more talent than most teams at Alabama watch what happens with evenly matched talent, or look at Ohio State last year.

  33. He also promised he wasn’t leaving LSU for the Dolphins in the first place. I’m sure he wanted Culpepper, too. Hindsight’s 20/20, and I don’t believe a word this scum bag says.

  34. If he really knew QB’s he would have let Justin Thomas play QB at Alabama instead of telling him he needed to be a DB. The kid transferred to Georgia Tech where he plays quarterback and is the reigning Orange Bowl MVP. Justin might be in the Heisman race before too long.

  35. I bleed Purple and Gold (LSU, where the Judas Nick Satan coached before he took the Miami job he said he would never take AND I bleed Black and Gold (Saints) where Drew Brees did go to play. (I have two circulatory sytems, I flip the switch at midnight on Saturday nights.) I am sort of torn on this one, Nick Saban never going back to the SEC West would probably mean LSU would have one or two more National Championships, but no Drew Brees and very unlikely the Saints do anything special the last several years, but you never know because Sean Payton is an offensive guru and maybe he could have found a QB 80% as good as Brees and that may have been enough.

    With the First Rule of Saban being the most important; You Cannot Believe a Word Out of the Mouth of Saban, you have to first conclude that he Did Not want to sign Brees. Taking the Second Rule of Saban into account; Any Discussions Regarding College or NFL While a Coach in The Other, this means that Saban wants to go back to the NFL.

    So, Saban is Lying about Brees, BUT he wants to go back to the NFL. (May I have two Little Debbie Oatmeal Cakes now.)

    ….

    And to Charger fans who are seriously touting Philip Rivers over Drew Brees. Saints fans have one thing to say, Thank You. (I do like Rivers a lot….in Fantasy Football.)

  36. “The only people less truthful than Nick Saban are Bob Kraft and Tom Brady.

    In fact all 3 are at the bottom of the Class barrel, and none have an ounce of integrity.”

    ————————————–

    This article is specifically about Nick Saban and yet you can’t comment on it without bringing up Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. It’s actually kind of sad. They’re so far in your head that they’ve basically built a house in your brain and are sitting on the front porch laughing at you.

  37. gobolts says:
    Sep 6, 2015 11:10 AM

    It’s funny how you guys continue to blast Saban for being a liar yet you let Belichick walk between the rain drops in a storm.
    =============================
    Not a Patriots fan, but I believe that website “Your Team Cheats” rates the Pats as pretty low in regards to cheating.

    So, some obscure says it so it MUST be right, right? Weak sauce dude.

  38. If I were that little twirp I do believe that I’d be keeping my big mouth shut about my time in Miami. I’m sure everyone recalls that he’s the midget that walked out on the team before the end of the season cause he couldn’t handle professional ball. What a jerk……wasn’t allowed to draft Brees. The midget needs to go away or expire, preferably the latter.

  39. The football gods have been punishing the Dolphins for decades since that cheater Shula grifted his way to 17-0.

  40. If Roger Goodell were not a douche bag, he might be a decent commissioner.

    If Richard Nixon had not been a cheating paranoid, he might have served his entire tenure.

    If George Custer had not been a bloodthirsty egomaniac, he might have lived to be 39.

    If the Miami Dolphins yada yada yada

  41. Nick Saban is a jerk of the highest degree.
    I’m glad he left Miami and I’m glad the liar is in bammy.

    He lied to his team and he treated everyone at the facility like crap.
    Some want to call him a genius and others like myself don’t think he could pass a civil service exam.

    BUM!

  42. Love Saban. He’s getting the Patriot treatment because people are tired of his success. So they bring up things that happened nearly a decade ago.

  43. More revisionist BS from a mediocre professional coach who couldn’t cut it the big time and went slinking out with his tail between his legs in the middle of the night after he found out that he couldn’t bully wealthy grown men and knew crap about NFL drafting and field coaching.

    Remember this is the brainiac who passed on Aaron Rodgers to take a part time SEC running back and sign a journeyman QB who was best known for banging his head into concrete walls.

  44. And to Charger fans who are seriously touting Philip Rivers over
    Drew Brees.
    ——————————————
    I merely posted stats that state AT THAT TIME, Philip Rivers was the better choice over Drew Brees. It was not meant as a dig on Brees in any way, nor was it meant to say the Rivers is better.

    It was just better for the Chargers at that time.

  45. My question to Saban would be, Why did you leave the Dolphins? Maybe he answered this before but I,ve never heard why he left. As far as Brees goes I thought Saban had complete control when he was there. I’m just glad he’s gone. He’s a lying POS.

  46. hehateme2 says:
    Sep 6, 2015 11:41 AM

    So, some obscure says it so it MUST be right, right? Weak sauce dude.
    ===============
    Weak sauce? I just posted a comment to show that the Pats do not appear to be the cheaters the poster indicated, and I used a well-known website to show where I got my facts from.

    Know what’s weak? Fans of another team using anything at their disposal to trash and tarnish another team just because they don’t like them, regardless of the facts. Again, not a Pats fan, just setting the record straight.

  47. Iknowitall says:
    Sep 6, 2015 9:59 AM

    The only people less truthful than Nick Saban are Bob Kraft and Tom Brady.

    In fact all 3 are at the bottom of the Class barrel, and none have an ounce of integrity.
    ——————-

    Lawl. Whatever you have to tell yourself to get through the day.

    Everyone that lives outside of their parent’s basement knows that Boss Goodell is the least truthful person in all of sports.

    Nick Saban is up there, though.

    Kraft and Brady? That’s just stupid.

  48. The Dolphins struck out twice on Brees. They took Jamal Fletcher five picks before the Chargers grabbed Brees.

    Some things just aren’t meant to be.

  49. Iknowitall says:
    Sep 6, 2015 9:59 AM
    The only people less truthful than Nick Saban are Bob Kraft and Tom Brady.

    In fact all 3 are at the bottom of the Class barrel, and none have an ounce of integrity.
    ————————————————————-
    Bobby Petrino also belongs on the Mt. Rushmore of dishonesty.

  50. That site is as fake as your account on here. Nothing but a propaganda piece for your empire of cheat. And drop the act BTW it is way old already.

  51. puckskin says:
    Sep 6, 2015 12:11 PM
    Love Saban. He’s getting the Patriot treatment because people are tired of his success. So they bring up things that happened nearly a decade ago.

    Saban has success at the College level but he had NO success at the NFL level. Then on top of that he lied and quit on the Dolphins. He was a big failure on the pro level.

  52. For that Randy Moss DirecTV commercial, they should have had Moss say ” and I’m Nick Saban sized Randy Moss and I have cable “

  53. I would like to see something on video over this. It is such a tangled web with lots of juicy tidbits.

    Culpepper was already on a decline when he was pawned off to the Fins. He made around 2 Mil a game. To only play/loose around 3 games to start off that season. The team doctor is the father of an NFL QB. I can’t recall his name. He does sports radio sometimes.

  54. @gobalts

    Yeah you are wrong on so many levels.

    First 4 years for Drew Brees with the Saints

    W-L 38-26 (10 win, 7win, 8win, 13 win) seasons.

    His playoff record was 4-1 with a SUPERBOWL.

    So better than Rivers. Sorry.

  55. In that case, Miami’s Team Doctor should get a butterfly effect bonus. Nothing but love for Drew Brees, but I’ll take Average Joe over Nick Saban any day of the week. Guy could even take the happy out of Pharell Williams.

  56. You have got to be kidding me, if Saban REALLY wanted Drew Brees, he could have insisted on it for sure. Too bad the team “doctors” didn’t talk him out of Ronnie Brown and Jason Allen too!

  57. gobolts says:

    ——————————————
    “I merely posted stats that state AT THAT TIME, Philip Rivers was the better choice over Drew Brees. It was not meant as a dig on Brees in any way, nor was it meant to say the Rivers is better.”

    …..

    No problem. At the time, Rivers certainly did look like the right choice for the Chargers.

    One thing IS certain in all this, you can never trust anything Nick Satan says when it comes to coaching jobs he had, has or might have in the future. I think if he fails to win it all this year and if a good team with a great QB falters this year, he would jump back into the NFL in a heartbeat. Indy would be the most logical destination, but that would mean Houston would have to win the AFC South. Not an impossibility at all.

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