Nick Saban had plenty of things to say while at the Texas High School Coaches Association’s annual convention on Tuesday. He even shed some light on his career with the Miami Dolphins and why he chose to leave the franchise.
Saban joined the Dolphins for the 2005 season and immediately led the team to a 9-7 record. It didn’t take long for him to lose faith in the franchise though, especially since the medical staff botched their chance to sign Drew Brees.
Brees wasn’t considered a Hall of Fame quarterback when he was a free agent in 2006, but Saban knew that Brees could help the Dolphins take that next step.
Unfortunately for Saban, the medical staff failed Brees on his physical with the Dolphins. As a result, Miami had to settle for Daunte Culpepper.
During this Tuesday’s convention in Texas, Saban admit that he knew his time with Miami was over once the team failed to sign Brees.
“Look when the Miami Dolphins were going to sign Drew Brees, Drew was coming to Miami when I was the coach there. He was going to be the quarterback,” Saban said, via 247Sports. “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 him 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. I actually made a deal with his agent that he wouldn’t tell anybody for 72 hours he failed his physical until New Orleans signed him. That’s how he ended up in New Orleans.”
“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 ass 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.”
Brees showed the rest of the NFL what it was missing out on in 2006, leading the New Orleans Saints to the NFC Championship Game. Three years later, he led the franchise to its first Super Bowl title.
Saban, meanwhile, signed a deal with Alabama and added six more national championships to his trophy case.