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Saban finally admits messing up on Drew Brees

Nick Saban, basking in the glow of winning his third National Championship in three years and not sleeping very much Monday night, spent part of Tuesday discussing the possibility of returning to the NFL.

He's not doing it. His time with the Dolphins was apparently so terrible that it crystalized Saban's thinking about staying in college.

"I came to the Miami Dolphins, what, eight years ago, for the best owner, the best person that I’ve ever had the opportunity to work for,” Saban said, referring to Wayne Huizenga, who owned the Dolphins when Saban was coach and hired him away from LSU where Saban won another national title.

"In the two years that I was here I had a very, very difficult time thinking that I could impact the organization in the way that I wanted to or in the way that I am able to in college. And it was very difficult for me. Because there is a lot of parity in the NFL. There's a lot of rules in the NFL."

Saban said that taught him a lesson.

“I kind of learned from that experience that maybe [college] is where I belonged," he said. "And I’m really happy and at peace with all of that.”

There have been rumors Saban might be interested in one of the current NFL head coach vacancies because he's accomplished plenty at Alabama and wants to prove himself in the pro game. Well, Saban delivered an "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach" moment in speaking of that potential  jump.

“How many times do you think that I’ve been asked to put it to rest? And I’ve put it to rest. And you continue to ask it,” he said of the NFL rumors. “So I’m going to say it today that, I think somewhere along the line you've got to choose ... you learn lot from the experiences of what you’ve done in the past."

Saban acknowledges that his time with the Dolphins was not a good one. He was frustrated, particularly in his second year, with the way the NFL allows teams to be built. There's the draft rather than an open recruiting field.

Saban desperately wanted Haloti Ngata in the draft his second year and tried to trade up to get him, but didn't have the ammo to do so. He had to settle for Jason Allen. 

And the salary cap puts limits on a roster that the recruiting limit in college does not. 

“People say you can draft a player you want to draft," Saban said. "You can draft a player that's there when you pick. It might not be the player you need. It might not be the player that you want. You also have salary-cap issues. We had them here."

Of course, all those limits didn't keep Saban from signing Drew Brees instead of giving up a second-round pick for Daunte Culpepper. He screwed that up all by himself.

“You’ve got to have a quarterback," Saban said. "We had a chance to get one here -- sort of messed it up.

"So I didn’t feel like I could impact the team the same way that I can as a college coach in terms of affecting people's life personally, helping them develop careers by helping them develop careers by graduating from school. There's a lot of self-gratification in all that."

That's interesting. Saban has spent a long time blaming Huizenga or the medical staff or the weather for his choice of Culpepper over Brees. At least now he's including himself in the list of folks who messed up the decision.

Sort of, as he said.

 

 

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Saban admitted that he is a good recruiter and an average coach.

Saban is a pig that should have never been allowed back in yhe stadium for any reason!!!

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Hey Dashi, Tommy John surgery is elbow surgery, I also coached high school baseball for a time and one of my players had TJ done, his elbow healed up very well and he ended up making the squad at San Jose State as a pitcher. You were right on the note about coming back stronger than before though!

TJ surgery is truly a miracle for a lot of guys that have it. Just too bad they haven't perfected it for the knee like they have for the elbow.

Dont Forget Aaron Rodgers in 2005. I wanted the Dolphins to take whichever QB the 49ers didn't take at #1. I would have settled for Smith if the 49ers took Rodgers. We needed a QB!!!

I do not understand the complaints of Mr. Saban, besides lying and not being honest. But I present a series of facts:

1. Saban came to Miami with all decision-making power over personnel, both players and coaches. He complains about not being able to get the players he wanted. Who elected the free agents who came to Miami? Every free agents chose were a fraud.

2. He had a second overall pick in the 2005 draft, in which Aaron Rodgers missed (winning superbowl), choosing to Ronnie Brown. He complains that he did not have a QB

3. Continued complaining about not having a QB. Took a free to Culpeper and let go to Drew Bress (superbowl winner).

4. He knew the rules of engagement and the NFL salary cap. I have not seen yet that date the NFL change its rules just because a coach can not choose who he wants. Note: there are 32 coaches, 32 GM and 32 teams competing each year under the same rules and have not heard any of them complain. I have not heard that Don Shula, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Walsh, Tom Coughlin, Bill Belichick or some other complain about the level of competition.

5. The owner met every whim: he bought his bubble, among other things. In installations behaved like a real Diva and what were the results: 2005: 9-7. 2006: 6-10, including leaving a shattered franchise for years.

6. He earned a reputation as pedantic, insensitive, liar, and I would say that besides inept and idiotic.

7. Had to use audio recordings to beat team like New England. Otherwise he would not have won. That must have learned from Bill Belichick

8. He lied to everyone: "I will not go to Alabama." And then why he went to Alabama two weeks? "

These are the facts and they are indisputable. Anybody could tell me otherwise?

Given these facts I say to Mr. Saban should keep quiet and not try to justify the unjustifiable and pursue their college teams.

As a coach with the Miami Dolphins was a huge and great fraud.

Plain and simple the NFL was left too big. To admit that he could not beat real teams. With the "major league" of football.

Sure is easier when you offer scholarships and "other" things to recruit players. No rules of any kind and less parity.

Just not NFL coach.

Are you really trying to chum the waters around Saban? I mean, it is true he left Miami after lying about leaving but telling the truth at the time would have been as or more stupid than the lie.

As for Brees, I can see where the medical staff involved would have been concerned. Perhaps they should have considered a third QB alternative and avoid both injured quarterbacks. But give it a break already. It was a fifty-fifty proposition at the time.

No, the worst decision EVER made by a Dolphins coach was the Welker trade. By THE WORST Dolphins coach since Wilson in the 60s. Where's the indignation against Cameron for that idiocy? After getting fired from Baltimore that should sum it all up.

The second worse decision was Parcells V. Taylor.

Dash...Tommy John surgery is for the elbow dude, not the shoulder. Torn labrums (shoulder)are the root of shortened careers (primarily baseball).
As for Satan...he's a scumbag, not because he left but for the way he left & the way he treats people. He's not an honest man & has little integrity. He's the greatest college coach of all time - somewhat in part because he undermines recruits from other programs, but he deserves his props at the 'boys' level. He can dictate & be the totalitarian he desires, works for him there. He stunk in the NFL & lives with the shame of his ability at that level as well as the myriad of mistakes he made while there. I'd love to meet him in person. I'd love it even more if he got all full of his little self & took a swing at me - but he likely travels with half his OL surrounding his lie'n, cheatin', snake self. It wasn't FATcells & Satan that ruined the Dolphins...they were mearly Jimmie's afterbirth!

Why wouldn't Saban want to be at Alabama rather than Miami? He is happy where he is now, so how long does the Miami press keep bringing this issue to the forefront? Move on, and quit blaming Saban for the Dolphins pathetic team.

Who cares? Really?? LMAO! Drew Brees wasn't going to do anymore for this team than what's happened since he was passed on! No receivers, no running game, no pass rush, (want me to continue)? He fits in perfectly with New Orleans, however....Dan Marino he is not!

Saban saying he is not going to the NFL, means Saban is going to the NFL....scumbag

At least he finally admitted he screwed up on Brees.

This proves my theory with Saban. He's not a great coach. He's a great recruiter. He used to say that in college you get as many #1 draft picks as you want and in the pros, you get just one.

He wins in college by stocking up on great talent. Armando could have won a national title coaching that Alabama team.

The Dolphins likely will adopt a new logo that does not look like an NFL logo. It looks like a corporate logo that will please Ross but not Dolphin fans. If the Dolphins come out with something that looks like an Eastern Airline jet on their helmets, it will be just one more punch in the gut to the fans.

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