Nick Saban: NFL doctors may have missed on Dylan Moses like they did on Drew Brees

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Former Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent this week, and Nick Saban thinks the Jaguars got themselves a great player. In fact, Saban compared Moses to Drew Brees.

Saban was with the Dolphins when they passed on Brees in free agency because Brees was coming off a shoulder injury, and Saban believes the NFL teams that passed on Moses because he had a knee injury last year are going to regret that as much as Saban regrets missing out on Brees.

“Don’t forget, when I was the coach of the Miami Dolphins, doctors failed Drew Brees on a physical,” Saban told reporters. “From that time on he made about 14 Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl, passed for I don’t know how many thousands of yards. So I guess they make mistakes, too.”

Saban said Moses going undrafted was completely about his history of knee injuries. Moses missed the entire 2019 season with a knee injury and said he was playing through pain in 2020.

“It had nothing to do with what kind of football player he is,” Saban said. “It was based on medical grades by the teams, which, frankly, was a little surprising to me. In my time in the league, when guys were injured and they came back and played, that usually got out of that 5 medical grade, which is undraftable. It might have been a 4 medical grade, which means a guy does have an injury, it could be a problem in the future, but he’s come back and played with it so we ought to give him an opportunity, which I certainly think that’s where Dylan Moses should’ve fallen for sure and should’ve gotten an opportunity because he played all season long for us. And I think that should be a good enough indicator that he can play in the NFL.”

The Jaguars hope Moses proves Saban right.

18 responses to “Nick Saban: NFL doctors may have missed on Dylan Moses like they did on Drew Brees

  1. That’s quite a comparison, Nick…… and a smooth deflection of your biggest mistake to the medical team.

  2. I didn’t even know about an injury. I figured they passed on Moses because he wasn’t a very good football player. I think the scouts listened to the tape more than they did the doctors. Everyone missed on Brees coming out of college, too because they thought he was too short.

  3. Of course, Nick could have overruled his doctors and made the final decision to take Brees. But he didn’t. Both Saints fans and Tide fans are grateful to you, Nick!

  4. First we had Dr. Jerrah now Dr. Saban. It’s amazing that they have the time to attain all that medical knowledge.

  5. Saban has a funny way of telling the story of the time that he chose Culpepper over Brees.

  6. Nice of Saban to say after he used the guy up. At least he has an education to fall back on if his knee doesn’t hold up, right?

  7. Brees would not have been great in Miami. Saban would never have been able to craft an offense to his skillset like Payton did. Saban also signed off on shipping out a 2nd for Culpepper, who did nothing with Randy Moss.

  8. Saban whiffed on Brees and still blames his team doctors. Nice.
    Good luck to this young man, but there’s a significant difference between shoulder and knee injuries, especially when the latter seems to be something chronic and possibly degenerative. Brees’ shoulder get injured on an awkward tackle and had no prior history of shoulder trouble. Moses as noted has a history of injury, and lingering pain with his knee. That’s either a bad sign for his future health or the Alabama team doctors did a bad job of diagnosis and rehab.
    Which I guess means Saban still has a problem with doctors…

  9. If Saban says that the Jags hit the jackpot with Dylan Moses, bet on it.

  10. Does Saban really want to call attention to his time in the NFL? He’s really thinking of this like a college coach, and a coach of a major program. He has more players than he knows what to do with, and in college if you have a career ending injury you just get cut from the team and you’re someone else’s problem at that point. In the NFL it potentially costs them millions of dollars.

  11. According to a Florida news site article from couple years ago. Drew Brees’ medical evaluation regarding his shoulder was sent by MIA to 6 top shoulder MDs in the country. They all agreed he had about a 20% chance of fully recovering. MIA passed on signing him, not liking the odds. NO took the risk – no guts, no glory. It paid off greatly. MDs weren’t mistaken, as Saban would like people to believe Rather, Drew became that 1 of 5 football players who could recover.

    As for Moses, he missed 2019 due to ACL tear. He acknowledged he played all of this past year with significant knee pain & almost wanted to quit football, as things were so hard/painful. And, he’s still currently dealing with rehabbing a torn knee meniscus. Little wonder no one drafted him. Best of luck to the guy, he has a hard road ahead to try to make the team.

  12. So what’s his excuse for bypassing Brees and bringing in Daunte Culpepper after major knee reconstruction? Culpepper struggled with mobility and was eventually placed on injured reserved and then released.

  13. Moses also fell because he did not play well. I hope he gets back to his pre-injury form and has a career in the NFL, but last year he did not look the part.

  14. edelmanfanclub says:
    May 7, 2021 at 8:38 am
    Brees would not have been great in Miami. Saban would never have been able to craft an offense to his skillset like Payton did. Saban also signed off on shipping out a 2nd for Culpepper, who did nothing with Randy Moss.
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    had nothing to do with moss, zero…he was coming off his own devastating knee injury (acl,mcl &pcl) and he was never the same player ever again…kind of ionic they worried about brees then signed daunte

  15. I bet he would have been drafted had he entered the draft the season before instead of playing on a hurt knee.

  16. charliecharger says:

    May 7, 2021 at 7:36 am

    I didn’t even know about an injury. I figured they passed on Moses because he wasn’t a very good football player. I think the scouts listened to the tape more than they did the doctors. Everyone missed on Brees coming out of college, too because they thought he was too short.
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    Well it’s going to surprise absolutely no one that you were uninformed about a highly thought of college players injuries yet somehow you think you know which qb will be a star no doubt, you called David Fales that way right?

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