HBO to air “Belichick & Saban” documentary

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The most successful college football coach of recent years and the most successful NFL coach of recent years are longtime friends and former colleagues, and their relationship and coaching success will be the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary.

HBO announced today that it will air Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching, a 90-minute documentary, on December 10. The documentary focuses on the careers of Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, who coached together with the Browns before Belichick won six Super Bowls and Saban won six national championships.

The documentary, which HBO made in conjunction with NFL Films, promises “unprecedented access” to Belichick and Saban, who often keep the media at arm’s length.

The two coaches first met in 1982, when Saban was an assistant coach at Navy, working alongside Belichick’s father. They formed a close friendship that lasts to this day.

40 responses to “HBO to air “Belichick & Saban” documentary

  1. Is it called they hate us because we win too much?

    Nobody hates them because they can’t coach.
    Nobody hates them because of what they built.

    Fans only hate them because they don’t coach for them. They hate them because they didn’t build their programs for their favorite team.

  2. At the Browns are good now as the sports media adds another documentary to highlight how great the team and staff was before Art Modell fired everyone and moved who was left to Baltimore.

  3. In addition to creating a great recruiting process and being a great coach, Saban has successfully avoided scandals and violations, which have taken down many dominant programs. It’s pretty amazing what he has done.

  4. When Belichick was with the Browns he didn’t have Brady and I would like to see Saban coach a Mac team and not get the top recruits every signal year. After saying that I do believe they are both very good coaches, but both have had the best circumstances to coach under.

  5. I have high respect for Saban for what he’s accomplished, but let’s not get carried away and think that a college National Championship is at the same level as a Super Bowl.

    Recruiting the best players is NOT the same thing as COACHING players to be the best.

  6. bullcharger says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:27 pm
    In addition to creating a great recruiting process and being a great coach, Saban has successfully avoided scandals and violations, which have taken down many dominant programs. It’s pretty amazing what he has done.

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    Maybe Roger Goodell can start a career at the NCAA level and work with rival schools to crate these faux scandals to get more money spread across the NCAA>?

    lmao

    I think you just explained the difference between the corruption of each entity.

  7. dickroy says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    When Belichick was with the Browns he didn’t have Brady and I would like to see Saban coach a Mac team and not get the top recruits every signal year. After saying that I do believe they are both very good coaches, but both have had the best circumstances to coach under.

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    BB drafted and developed Brady. BB also finally got the QB he wanted (Testaverde) and Testverde was in the Pro Bowl in 1996.

    Oh, BB is also responsible for acquiring a second 1st rd pick for Baltimore which they used on Ray Lewis.

    Alabama doesn’t have a high ceiling for their qualifications n the their education there. They accept any athlete and those kids don’t go to class. Some of them do, but you just know a lot of them get the wink-wink treatment.

  8. dickroy says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    When Belichick was with the Browns he didn’t have Brady and I would like to see Saban coach a Mac team and not get the top recruits every signal year.
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    Funny you should say that dickroy. Saban was the HC of Toledo (a MAC school) and went 9-2 in his head coaching debut. Too bad you don’t have internet access or you could have looked it up. I guess you’ll have to keep just going off of the top of your head in this area of easily accessible information.

  9. dickroy says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    When Belichick was with the Browns he didn’t have Brady and I would like to see Saban coach a Mac team and not get the top recruits every signal year. After saying that I do believe they are both very good coaches, but both have had the best circumstances to coach under.

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    That is hindsight. In 2001 BB had Brady, true, but he coached up a great team there. Brady was young and was able to perform incredibly in the big moments, but Belichick built that team and that culture. And Saban had to win the first time, so he did build the roster.

  10. Richard Nguyen says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    Oh, Browns… what could have been
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    Belichick was fired as having the wosre winning percentage at the time than any other Brown’s coach. Not sure why people don’t understand that. You can even say he started the downfall no one has been to pull them out of.

  11. I totally agree that Alabama’s qualifications are among the lowest. All of the best players want to go there because their chances of winning a championship and getting into the NFL are much better. And they can get in and not worry about grades. Therefor thy can field the best teams every year.

  12. akira1971 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:29 pm
    I have high respect for Saban for what he’s accomplished, but let’s not get carried away and think that a college National Championship is at the same level as a Super Bowl.

    Recruiting the best players is NOT the same thing as COACHING players to be the best.

    Not trying to troll your comment, but in my opinion recruiting especially for the Alabama team he inherited, is arguably harder than drafting and working with a salary cap. Both great coaches I’m extremely jealous to not have as a Steelers and Ohio State fan.

  13. “When Belichick was with the Browns he didn’t have Brady ”

    Bill was the last coach to lead the Browns to a playoff victory and guess what, without Brady.

    Fun fact, that playoff victory was against the Pats!

  14. “This promises to be 90 minutes of excitement with these two electric personalities!”

    Bill is actually quite charming and interesting to hear speak about football history and technical aspects of the game. He only gives the grumpy snorts and derisive answer in pressers when he’s asked stupid questions.

  15. There is really no comparison between Belichick and Saban. Alabama has always been a football powerhouse going back to the days of Bear Bryant. So Saban didn’t really build a dynasty, he just took it to higher levels.

    Belichick built a dynasty from scratch at New England. Yes he has Brady and Mr Kraft but make no mistake, no other coach or GM could have done what Belichick has done. From managing the cap, knowing just the right time to let go of players, to coaching up a team, game planning, half time adjustments, no one comes even close to Belichick. He is simply the GOAT.

  16. vaphinfan says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:55 pm
    Belichick shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breathe as Saban nevertheless the same tv show.

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    Saban owes the early part of his career to BB. Ozzie Newsome had made the same comment.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 3, 2019 at 4:11 pm
    There is really no comparison between Belichick and Saban. Alabama has always been a football powerhouse going back to the days of Bear Bryant. So Saban didn’t really build a dynasty, he just took it to higher levels.

    Belichick built a dynasty from scratch at New England. Yes he has Brady and Mr Kraft but make no mistake, no other coach or GM could have done what Belichick has done. From managing the cap, knowing just the right time to let go of players, to coaching up a team, game planning, half time adjustments, no one comes even close to Belichick. He is simply the GOAT.

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    We get it. You’re a Jets fan and your raging PDS (Patriots Derangement Syndrome) has gone untreated for 20 years since BB didn’t trust Guttman or Parcells under the new ownership and the awful Woody Johnson.

    But, that’s your problem.

    Of course it’s harder to compete at the NFL level. Some of Saban’s recruits can’t even spell 3rd grade words.

    BB uses a far more intricate and involved high IQ program in NE. Not all of Saban’s graduates would work in NE, for example.

  18. vaphinfan says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm
    Richard Nguyen says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:08 pm
    Oh, Browns… what could have been
    +++++++++++++
    Belichick was fired as having the wosre winning percentage at the time than any other Brown’s coach. Not sure why people don’t understand that. You can even say he started the downfall no one has been to pull them out of.

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    False. Belichick was fired because Modell was a greedy moron who needed a scapegoat. Cleveland was picked a SB contender in 1995, and they were cap healthy, setting up Baltimore for their 2000 SB push.

    BB essentially served them up Ray Lewis by unloading overrated older players out of the trash that Modell didn’t want to unload, like Bernie Kosar, the hometown boy.

    If Modell gave BB the keys back then, what’s happened in NE, quite possibly could have happened in Cleveland, or something similar anyway.

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    BB drafted and developed Brady.
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    While technically true, in reality Bill lucked into Brady. Brady made Brady- 1 year of inactive game status before he became the starter doesn’t count as BB “developing” anyone. It was Weiss’s offense, Bill barely touches the O.

    In reality, through those first 3 years or so Bill developed Brady and Brady developed Bill- Brady stepping in and winning gave Bill the freedom to become what we now think of Bellichik- he was a totally different guy/coach early on- it wasn’t like teams were clamoring for him.

  20. harrisonhits2 says:

    “Bill was the last coach to lead the Browns to a playoff victory and guess what, without Brady.

    Fun fact, that playoff victory was against the Pats!

    New Years – I drove out from New England for that game. Bill Parcells HC had a pretty good QB named Drew Bledsoe.

  21. @tylawpick6

    Look it up. Just because you say something isn’t true doesn’t mean it isn’t. Maybe thats the case in your own mind and other patriot fans but that’s not how the real world works.

  22. nflfan12blog says:
    September 3, 2019 at 4:30 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    BB drafted and developed Brady.
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    While technically true, in reality Bill lucked into Brady. Brady made Brady- 1 year of inactive game status before he became the starter doesn’t count as BB “developing” anyone. It was Weiss’s offense, Bill barely touches the O.

    In reality, through those first 3 years or so Bill developed Brady and Brady developed Bill- Brady stepping in and winning gave Bill the freedom to become what we now think of Bellichik- he was a totally different guy/coach early on- it wasn’t like teams were clamoring for him.

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    No he didn’t. They liked his character, high football IQ, the accuracy and drive to improve. This is what they look for. The footwork, too.

    BB knew the game was increasing in speed and intelligence in the 1990s. It’s why he wanted the dopey Kosar gone and then quick footed Testaverde as more of a ball distributor.

    Brady is LUCKY BB drafted him and developed him in the greatest football environment in history AND the fact BB is also the GM.

    NE has never been in cap hell and never will be. The foundation is the greatest thing Brady could have ever hoped for. Brady is the cherry on top with how great he is, but BB made him into that. Brady took it and ran with it, worked very hard, etc, but no way Brady has 6 rings with BB’s stewardship in the Cap Era. No way.

    So many teams have great HOF QBs, but not all of them have BB as GM and Coach. Brady knows this, too.

  23. Not disputing that Bill needed Brady (and Brady needed Bill) to achieve the things those two have achieved, but you can’t tell me that despite how underachieving Bill was with the Browns, he wouldn’t have delivered a better product than say, Hue Jackson, with what, one win in two seasons?

  24. the most successful NFL coach of recent years
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    of recent years? show me someone of nonrecent years with 6 rings even with their huge advantage of being able to buy and lockup talent without a cap or free agency. not to mention coaching the giants to two more rings for that mouthpiece parcels.

  25. ” you can’t tell me that despite how underachieving Bill was with the Browns”

    Bill took a poor team, built it into a playoff contender that Modell then blew up and scapegoated Bill for. How exactly was that “underachieving”?

  26. @harrisonhits2

    One winning season in 5 years is underachieving any way you slice it. Don’t be one of those Bill fans that can’t stand anyone pointing out his failures. He’s the best of all time, but he’s not perfect. Certainly not early in his head coaching career.

  27. no offense to CFB but i wouldn’t put Saban on the same level as Belichek. Until CFB has some version of a salary cap forget about it, not even close. And the fact that Saban was such a dismal failure in the NFL emphasizes my point.

  28. tylawspick6 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    No he didn’t. They liked his character, high football IQ, the accuracy and drive to improve. This is what they look for. The footwork, too.

    BB knew the game was increasing in speed and intelligence in the 1990s. It’s why he wanted the dopey Kosar gone and then quick footed Testaverde as more of a ball distributor.

    Brady is LUCKY BB drafted him and developed him in the greatest football environment in history AND the fact BB is also the GM.

    NE has never been in cap hell and never will be. The foundation is the greatest thing Brady could have ever hoped for. Brady is the cherry on top with how great he is, but BB made him into that. Brady took it and ran with it, worked very hard, etc, but no way Brady has 6 rings with BB’s stewardship in the Cap Era. No way.

    So many teams have great HOF QBs, but not all of them have BB as GM and Coach. Brady knows this, too.
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    Nice fantasy world there. Bill barely knew who Brady was- it’s well documented. There was no masterplan that Brady was going to be anything.

    NE wasn’t the “greatest football environment” when Brady got drafted- not even close- probably 10 better franchises- greatest now for sure, but not until about 2014 or so.

    If Bill knew the game “was increasing with speed” in the 90’s, why did he wait until 2007 to do anything about it? Patriots had no real offense until then. It is well documented that the O coaches went to Bill in 2005 and 2006 and said he had to start upgrading the offensive talent. They were going to leave- this has been well reported.

    Cap Hell- obsess much, the Pats are up against the cap, and it’s getting harder to hide Brady’s cap hits, which will come due upon retirement. Bill is good with cap stuff, but it has been tight from time to time. same with most well run organizations.

    Brady was lucky to have Bill as a head coach, just as Bill was lucky to have Kraft as an owner, none of them would have 6 SB’s (should be 7) without each other. Add Scarr, whom Bill inherited in there somewhere too

    Nobody loves Bill and the Pats more than me, I love them so much I don’t want to insult their greatness with fantastical takes of the imaginary.

  29. @nflfan12blog

    That dude has a bad habit of extolling Bill too much and riding Brady too hard. Literally makes Brady out to be dead weight that always has to “prove his worth” to the organization.

  30. Richard Nguyen says:
    September 3, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    @nflfan12blog

    That dude has a bad habit of extolling Bill too much and riding Brady too hard. Literally makes Brady out to be dead weight that always has to “prove his worth” to the organization.
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    Yeah, I know Richard. It’s silly because the Bill and Brady’s story is a great one from all angles- whether one likes the Pats or not.

    Funny how these things are never mentioned or brought up when it’s Montana/Walsh or Knoll/Bradshaw or Elway/Shannahan or Levy/Kelley or Lombardi/Starr all of whom needed each other at the time.

  31. vaphinfan says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Belichick was fired as having the wosre winning percentage at the time than any other Brown’s coach. Not sure why people don’t understand that. You can even say he started the downfall no one has been to pull them out of.
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    For the 5,000th time, the Belichick coached Browns are the current Baltimore Ravens. The current Browns were formed as a new franchise in 1999 and have no connection – zero, none, nada – with Belichick.

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