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Saban: Brees flunked Dolphins physical

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08:06 AM ET 12.18 | Having Nick Saban back in Miami will lead to a host of inevitable questions, some of which he answered during a Monday radio interview. [Saban] spoke publicly for the first time about one of the more controversial moves of his 2005-06 Dolphin tenure. Of course it's the Daunte Culpepper versus Drew Brees situation following the 9-7 season in 2005. Things didn't go so well with Culpepper while Brees went on to win a Super Bowl in New Orleans. "We thought Drew Brees was an outstanding player and that's who we made the first offer to," Saban said. "Quite frankly, you know, he didn't pass the physical with our organization so we had to go in another direction and there was nothing any of us could do about that."

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December 18, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Makes you wonder how he passed the Saints physical?

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December 18, 2012  08:23 AM ET
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Makes you wonder how he passed the Saints physical?

Doctor-shopping?

December 18, 2012  08:23 AM ET
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Makes you wonder how he passed the Saints physical?

Curious how much the team physical is really worth. I think they use as an excuse to void a trade if there is a real issue, but ignore if they really want the player. Could be that Brees failed the physical in NO as well, but they didn't care. I doubt Payton Manning passed his physical at the time he signed with Denver.

December 18, 2012  08:35 AM ET

"I"m NOT going to be the Alabama coach"....Nick Saban, two weeks before he left the Miami Dolphins for Alabama. And we believe him about Brees flunking the physical? Don't think so.

December 18, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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"I"m NOT going to be the Alabama coach"....Nick Saban, two weeks before he left the Miami Dolphins for Alabama. And we believe him about Brees flunking the physical? Don't think so.

Brees got processed.

December 18, 2012  08:44 AM ET

Revisionist history.

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December 18, 2012  08:59 AM ET

....saban is not so special when everyone is playing by the same rules....but sec "works around" ncaa so far withut major penalty....

December 18, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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"I"m NOT going to be the Alabama coach"....Nick Saban, two weeks before he left the Miami Dolphins for Alabama. And we believe him about Brees flunking the physical? Don't think so.

That's my thought on Saban, as well. Zero credibility.

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December 18, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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Curious how much the team physical is really worth. I think they use as an excuse to void a trade if there is a real issue, but ignore if they really want the player. Could be that Brees failed the physical in NO as well, but they didn't care. I doubt Payton Manning passed his physical at the time he signed with Denver.

I think you are absolutely right... across the board. They kept who they wanted to keep and that was Culpepper.

Decisions like that set teams back years.

December 18, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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I think you are absolutely right... across the board. They kept who they wanted to keep and that was Culpepper. Decisions like that set teams back years.

I always thought that the decision not to sign Brees was because he wanted more money than the Fish were willing to pay.

December 18, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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I always thought that the decision not to sign Brees was because he wanted more money than the Fish were willing to pay.

In which case... you get what you pay for and Saban is still lying.

December 18, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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I always thought that the decision not to sign Brees was because he wanted more money than the Fish were willing to pay.

Brees signed with the Saints as the bargain of the century, something like 6 years $60M. If the Fish weren't willing to pay that, they deserve to stay a third-class franchise.

December 18, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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Makes you wonder how he passed the Saints physical?

No, it makes you think why Saban is even bringing it up 7 years later??? This is a non story.Saban failed in the NFL, now it's time to get his Bama team ready for the NCG.

December 18, 2012  09:45 AM ET

College football coaches are on a par with politicians, lawyers, and used car salesmen when it comes to integrity. When Saban bails out of Alabama the sports books will be setting the over/under on NCAA sanctions shortly thereafter.

December 18, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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"I"m NOT going to be the Alabama coach"....Nick Saban, two weeks before he left the Miami Dolphins for Alabama. And we believe him about Brees flunking the physical? Don't think so.

He only lies when his lips move.

December 18, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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No, it makes you think why Saban is even bringing it up 7 years later??? This is a non story.

Agreed, although I'm sure it was the typical media-day type of question that coaches and players have to endure.

 
December 18, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Saban is why college coaches going to the NFL is such a risky prospect. Forget Brees, Saban's drafts set the Fins back like 5 or six years so all this chatter of Chip Kelly "going" pro is a joke, you can't acquire talent in the NFL by handing a bag a cash to someone.

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