Nick Saban Claims Miami Doctors Costed Him Drew Brees And Ended His NFL Coaching Career
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Nick Saban didn't last very long in the NFL before returning to college football. On Tuesday, Saban revealed the moment at which he claims that he decided the NFL wasn’t for him. That's when he left the Miami Dolphins for Alabama...

Through the latter half of Nick Saban’s second season as head coach of the Dolphins, we heard repeatedly that he was miserable in the NFL and that he wanted to go back to the college game. On Tuesday, Saban revealed the moment at which he claims that he decided the NFL wasn’t for him.

In comments published by, Saban said decided to leave the Dolphins after the team chose not to sign quarterback Drew Brees.

“Look when the Miami Dolphins were going to sign Drew Brees, Drew was coming to Miami when I was the coach there,” Saban said. “He was going to be the quarterback. That’s all we needed. We just went 9-7 and all we needed was a quarterback to be a playoff team. We were going to sign Drew Brees as a free agent. Dr. [James] Andrews operated on [his shoulder] and I went to Birmingham to see Dr. Andrews, and he said it’ll be fine. Our doctors failed him on the physical. [Drew] was there to sign with us. . . .

“So I decided right then when that happened that we don’t have a quarterback in the NFL, we’re not going to win. I’m getting out of here. I’m not staying here. I’m not going to be responsible for this. That doctor didn’t know his arse from a handful of sand. Drew Brees plays 15 more years, wins a Super Bowl, goes to nine Pro Bowls. And we didn’t take him in Miami, where he wanted to go. Some things you can’t control. When we left there nobody understood why. Well that was why. There’s always a reason.”

(Barstool Sports)
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Ilituracee Nevr Costed Lary Leeoh His Gob
Reply17 hours
Thank you dumb doctor for helping Nick Saban come to Tuscaloosa.
Reply19 hours
Phugg larry leo.
Reply2 days
Every account of the Brees/Miami episode to date has said that Saban had the final say.....But in his mind (as well as almost every member of the media and everyone in Alabama) he is infallible.
Reply2 days
Yup. At the end of the day he wanted to go with Culpepper and Brees told him screw you im going to New Orleans.
1 day
So now he uses hindsight to make an excuse for his biggest failure, why didn't you say that 15 yrs ago? I have now lost some more respect for the man.
Reply2 days
COSTED HIM! COSTED HIM! And you let that go! Shame on you. You are stealing air from good humans.
Reply2 days
Satan’s Dictator coaching style doesn’t work in the NFL. Only in college.
Reply2 days
Cheap excuse to save his name. He’s the damn head coach! He could’ve signed Drew if Drew’s doctor gave the OK! He simply made a bad call! Now trying to cover it up!
Reply2 days
Costed? Larry you are a moron.
Reply2 days
Please nick, don't embarrass yourself. Greatest college coach - absolutely. nfl...not so much.
Reply2 days
Worked out well for Brees and Saban.
Reply2 days
This is revisionist history. If Saban wanted Brees they would have signed Brees. The idea that a team doctor told Saban no especially when Brees surgeon said he would be fine is comical. Only an idiot would believe Saban.
Reply2 days
If you truly believe this and aren't trolling, you have no idea how NFL franchises work. A head coach is not making that decision on his own. There are many within that organization from top to bottom that are involved in that decision. Saban was overruled. It's easy to see how that could have been frustrating to someone who, right or wrong, wants full control of personnel. Bama gave him that opportunity.
2 days
It’s a wonder how typos and grammatical errors hasn’t “costed” Larry his job.
Reply2 days
costed, huh?
Reply2 days
You beated me to it.
2 days
Having lived through older generations of my family being hospitalized, I’ve seen with my own eyes that many times doctors don’t know their eye from their foot.
Reply2 days
This is yet another reason when someone says, "Trust the science" they are completely missing that scientists/doctors are people and prone to human error...and in some cases prone to the agendas of others.
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