NFL head coach career Miami Dolphins could have stayed longer if the doctors on the team had not failed Drew Brees for his physique.
Saban, who became Alabama head coach in 2007 after lackluster 15-17 record with the Dolphins, spoke bluntly this week about her decision to leave Miami, saying she was completely focused on Brees being passed on as a quarterback.
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"Look when the Miami Dolphins were going to sign Drew Brees, Drew was coming to Miami when I was co that's it. He was going to be the quarterback. That 's all we needed, "Saban said at the Texas High School Coaches Association's annual convention on Tuesday, via 247sports .
FILE - Nick Saban head Coach of the Miami Dolphins argues a pass interference appeal against his team against the New England Patriots at Dolphins Stadium on November 13, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins / Images)
"We just made 9-7 and all we needed was a quarterback to be a playoff team. We were going to sign Drew Brees in as a free agent. Dr (James) Andrews operated on him and I went to Birmingham to see Dr Andrews, and he said everything would be fine. Our doctors failed him on the physical level . (Drew) was there to sign with us. "
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Saban a went on to say that he actually told Brees' agent at the time that he would wait three days before announcing the news.velle so that an agreement with the New Orleans Saints could happen. It was then that Saban decided it was time to quit the NFL.
"So I decided at that point that we didn't have a quarterback in the NFL, we weren't going to win. I'm getting out of here . I'm not staying here. I'm not going to be responsible for this, "he said.
"This doctor didn 't know his a-- from a handful of sand. Drew Brees plays another 15 years, wins a Super Bowl, goes to Nine Pro Bowls. And we did. not taken him to Miami, where he wanted to go. Some things you can't control. When we left there, no one understood why. Well, that was why. There is always a reason. "
This February 7, 2010, an archive photo shows New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrating with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the 31st of the Saints. -17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in theNFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami. (AP Photo / Julie Jacobson, File)
Saban would continue to sign with Alabama, where he will win seven national championships and nine SEC securities. In June, he agreed to a new eight-year contract that will keep him coaching until the 2028 season.
The deal includes $ 8.425 million in base salary and talent fees for current contract year with annual increases of unspecified amounts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.