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This Day in Dolphins History: Nick Saban quit

It’s been ten years. He’s still a quitter.

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You should not hold a grudge. Hate is wrong. The past is all in the past. Water under the bridge. Forgive and forget.


None of it.

Ten years ago today, Nick Saban quit. The NFL got tough, and he ran away to Alabama.

After telling us all he would not be the head coach at Alabama, he was the head coach at Alabama. The next day, he held this press conference:

So, today marks 10 years since Nick Saban quit the NFL. To flash back to that day, I went and found the story Matt Infante, aka Matty_I, wrote that day. Here’s an excerpt:

My feelings on this subject are simple. I was always a big Nick Saban supporter. I always felt like he was the right guy for this job and that he would right this ship. And now...he's still a good coach...only now he's a quitter and a liar. After only 2 seasons, he quit on the Dolphins. And all this comes after he flat out told the media that he was not interested in the Alabama coaching job. That's the part that really hurts the most. Why lie, Nick?

Now, I'm not going to scream and shout about what he did. I'm just disappointed. I really thought he was going to be the savior of this franchise...the Dolphins' Bill Bellichick. But I was wrong. One thing is for sure, though. I can't ever see Nick coaching in the NFL ever again after this fiasco. How could any NFL owner ever take him seriously again? I just don't see it.

So where does this leave the Dolphins? I'm not sure. One thing I am sure of, though, is that this is NOT the end of the world. This team will not miss Nick Saban. Only thing that worries me is the fact of having to possibly learn new systems hurting the development of this team.

(On a side not, Matt’s favorite to replace Saban was....Cam Cameron. Oops.)

Various reports over the year have indicated that Saban’s wife was the one who made the final push to get Saban back to the college ranks, while Saban has also said he probably would have stayed in Miami longer if the team had signed Drew Brees instead of trading for Daunte Culpepper. Whatever the case, Saban left the Dolphins.

Things seem to have worked out okay for Saban. Blah, blah, five National Championships, blah.

The Dolphins finally seem to be on track after 16 years of mediocrity.

And, Saban will forever be a quitter.