Drew Brees altered the course of SEC history when he failed a physical with the Miami Dolphins in 2006.
The Dolphins passed on Brees, who later won a Super Bowl with New Orleans. Miami head coach Nick Saban instead had to work with Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington, who struggled as the ‘Fins limped to a 6-10 record.
Following the season, Saban ditched the Sunshine State and signed on with Alabama. You know the rest.
This June, Saban recounted the Brees experience during a taping of The Golf Channel’s Feherty, which is set to air Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.
“If he would’ve come to Miami, I might still be there,” Saban told host David Feherty. “In that league, to me, you have to have a quarterback who can be very functional for your team, or you’re gonna have a difficult time. Football is a great team game except for that position. Because that position can really impact the game.”
The comments are similar to ones he made earlier this month to ESPN (via NOLA.com), and he reiterated that he much prefers coaching in the college game thanks to the NFL’s salary cap.
“(The Dolphins) were 4-12 when I went there, oldest team in the league, $17 million over the salary cap, had given up significant numbers of future draft picks to get (running back) Ricky Williams… so how do you make the team better?” Saban asked Feherty.
“I like college football better, because being a good recruiter, you create an advantage for yourself because you can recruit as many good players as you can get to come,” he added. “So you’re not restricted by salary cap or draft picks and all that type of stuff. So I just love college coaching.”
Saban said the decision to leave Miami was good for his wife and kids, but that he likely would have stayed longer if Alabama hadn’t called.
“Out of loyalty, I would have not left if I never had such a good opportunity,” he said.