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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Go away Nick Saban, just go away

Why can't Nick Saban just go quietly into the night?

In two seasons with the Dolphins, it's hard to think of one outstanding decision Saban made to help the team. Let's see, he didn't really start rebuilding when he should have, setting the franchise back at least one year. He blew off the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES to go to a team meeting. He drafted Jason Allen in the first round. He kept Yeremiah Bell on the bench until the media just about had a fit. He signed the wrong quarterback. And then kept playing that QB until every coaching staff in the NFL except his own realized the guy was immobile.

Oh, and he lied.

Having said all that, I can understand why Saban left to go to Alabama and defend his right to do so. I just think he handled it very poorly.

But it doesn't matter, right, because he's gone and forgotten, right?

Well ... no.

For some strange reason Saban this week sent many of his former Dolphins players greeting cards wishing them a successful season. The cards arrived in the locker room Thursday and caused something of a stir.

Four days before the regular-season opener.

So let me get this straight: The guy hasn't the decency to face his players and tell them he's leaving. He hasn't the courage to look players in the eye and speak the truth to them after he continually preached doing things the right way for two years. And now he's writing them postcards?

That's like dumping a girlfriend for her sister, then calling her when you're lonely to say, "Hey."

Will Allen was visibly angry at the thought Saban would send him a postcard Thursday. "It better have a return address because it's going right back to him unopened," Allen said.

Look, Wayne Huizenga has shown more class on the matter of Saban than I would think humanly possible. The Dolphins organization has shown tremendous restraint in not completely expunging Saban from a proud franchise's history. General Manager Randy Mueller took the high road when Saban threw him under the bus soon after getting the Alabama job, saying he would have fired Mueller had he stayed in Miami.

But this is just too much.

Somebody in the Miami organization should call Little Nicky and set him straight. The guy was a social misfit when he was here. He didn't want people saying hello to him in the hallways. He hired a henchmen who would curse at employees. And his rah-rah collegiate gamesmanship started falling on deaf player ears when Saban showed he had no second act.

So now someone should tell him to mind his own business and leave Dolphins players to current Dolphins coaches. Someone should politely suggest an alternate place to put his postcards next time he thinks about putting them in the mail.

Your thoughts?

73 Comments:

Anonymous Timeb0mb said...

Sometimes people just don't get it. I give him credit for trying to do something nice though. Don't think I would send the letter back unopened, that might be rude. On the bright side, maybe the letter will enrage the players and motivate them in the Redskins game. Ultimately, I think we ended up with the right coach and the right mind set for winning. If it meant dealing with O-Saban-Bin-Lyin, I think we should be somewhat glad that his tenure was so brief. And who knows how Brees would have performed behind our offensive line? Some of those hits Culpepper took due to his immobility could have destroyed what was left of Brees's shoulder!

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Harry Potter said...

Ok, Armando... let me disagree with this one (we seem never to agree since the marijuana matter):

Saban did something good to save the great name and pride of this franchise: He blew off the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES to go to a team meeting.

Come on, Armando! The (so called) President of the USA is a bigger lier than Saban plus he is the responsible of the murder of thousands of innocent people in the Middle East and American youngsters, plus the devastation of what was left of the first -yes, the first- civilization in History.

Actually I smiled a year ago, when he refused to sit at the same table than Bush.

Greetings...

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blowing of the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES was the only good thing Saban did here.

1:39 AM  
Anonymous John Michaels said...

Armando, I agree with you 100%. It's time for a rant. In a world where everyone wants to keep it real and do a "shoot." THIS MY FRIENDS IS A SHOOT! I want to make something VERY clear.

GET LOST NICK SABAN!!!!! Nick, please leave the Miami Dolphins alone. You know, I and everybody else have come to expect this kind of crap from you. What's that? You were just trying to do something nice? Give me a break. Hey Nick, you know what would've been nice? It would've been nice of you to face your coaching staff on the day of your departure, versus talking to them via speakerphone. It would've been nice if you would've had the courage to speak to ALL of your players on the day of your departure, instead of a "select few." It would've been nice if you wouldn't have lied to guys like Armando, for an entire month. Instead of saying: "I'm not going to be the Alabama coach." What you should've said is "I don't discuss any issues regarding my contract. End of story."

It would've been nice if you would've showed up to your 10:00 AM press conference, and address the media, face to face, like a man. Instead, you let your former boss, the owner of one of the NFL's most proud franchises, and a world renowned business man, H. Wayne Huizenga answer all of the questions you were supposed to answer! Whilst you slithered out of town like the snake that you are! Nick, you say that you "love" Wayne Huizenga? Because, after seeing what you did to that man, and I don't believe that's how you treat a man that you "love." Finally, Nick it would've been nice if you would've given the fans the explanation that we deserve!!! I'm still waiting for it, Nick! Why did you take Culpepper over Brees? Why did you draft Jason Allen? Why did you hesitate to throw the challenge flag in the Pittsburgh game?

Nick, you make my blood boil like no other. I ought to drive to Tuscaloosa and shove that stupid Panama hat, right up where the sun doesn't shine! I hope that every letter you sent gets returned to your sorry ass! Those letters aren't genuine, nor are they heartfelt. Those letters are simply a P.R. campaign in which you are trying to regain some semblence of credability. Face facts, Nick. You don't have anymore credability. Nick, you are a liar, a loser, a coward, a failure, and above all else, A QUITTER!!! 15-17, Nick. That's your legacy here in South Florida, There is no amount of "good deeds" that will erase the sour taste you left in everybody's mouth.

You spit upon everyone you came in contact with, thinking that you were always better than everyone else. Nick, you couldn't cut it in the big leagues, and your massive ego couldn't handle that fact. But, you know something Nick? The fans of the Miami Dolphins are glad you're gone. The day that you left was the day that the Miami Dolphins became a better football team. Nick, you were more of a cancer, than you were a head coach.

Nick, we have a man in charge that knows how to treat people like... Well, like PEOPLE!!! In case you haven't noticed, Cam Cameron is the man in charge of the Miami Dolphins. If you look at the roster, you'll see that half of the crap you brought into Miami was flushed out, and it was flushed out pretty damn quick. Don't worry, they'll be a few more that will follow suit after seasons end. Cam Cameron and Randy Mueller are WORKING TOGETHER (Isn't that a novel concept) to make this team into what you couldn't do. MAKE THE MIAMI DOLPHINS A WINNER!!! See Nick, Cam Cameron is a good, honest, humble, God-fearing man. Whereas, you believe you are God. The last thing Coach Cameron needs is you trying to spread your poison in HIS locker room.

Nick, I pray that you will fail at Alabama. I hate you with a passion, and I put your name amongst the scum of the earth. Leave this team alone, Nick. We're trying our hardest to move on from your reign of terror, yet you keep making it more and more difficult to do so. Go away Nick Saban, just PLEASE go away.

2:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto on blowing off the prez: that is without a doubt the best thing he did!

Even if you don't have a burning hatred for GWB, his evil cyborg VP and the rest of the administration how can a sports writer criticize a sports team coach for putting the team first? Isn't that what good coaches do? They let their kids do drugs and commit suicide so they can study more film and do more planning. Saban was the Dolphin's coach, not a diplomat. He is suppose to bring home SUPERBOWL RINGS, not undeserved presidential medals of freedom ({cough} George "I cooked the intelligence just like you told me to" Tenet {/cough}).

Hanging out with famous people like the president is for Superbowl winners, not hyped up college coaches who haven't shown squat in the pros.

--funkyj

2:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many words come to mind, but the best word is also the shortest - sad.

Armando, your headline says it all. Here's a guy whose ego is so big, he can't bear the thought of being forgotten so he sends his players a little 'remember me?' on the eve of the team moving on to a brighter future without him.

And, what exactly does he want his old team and fans to remember? His crass and unprofessional behavour towards the media (and the fans by extension)? Should we remember his poor personnel choices that far outweigh the ones he got right? Should we remember that he often times look befuddled on the sidelines?

Great job coach. Yeah, we remember you. And, congratulations. Just like the man you snubbed for dinner, you now have summed up your biggest career mistake into a tiny little 'Mission Accomplished' moment that we can easily remember forever.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I think it was highly disrespectful of him to do this at all, much less right before the season begins. Talk about being a distraction. The coaching community is a small world. I'm sure other coaches & AD's have taken notice & are losing respect for him.

8:29 AM  
Blogger LaQuin said...

Hey Armando. First off, good blog man. I think you have a pretty good thing going there at the Herald and look forward to see if you have anything interesting to say. Good loolin' out.
Secondly, I think that what Saban did with the letter was a 'good' thing. He handled his exit with fear and loathing and he owed his players better. So nice touch. He showed some etiquette even though it was late.
Thirdly, the whole rage burn on his 'lying' about Alabama still has me a bit baffled. Perhaps its because I am a Dolphins fan who has always lived out of state? I don't know. But it seems to be an unspoken coach thing that the coach never lets on during the season that he may be leaving to another team. Its bad football practice. Is it just me?
Anyway, I think that its more that he was supposed to come in there and bring his tough, hard-nosed (overused in football speak :) ) to a team that needed to be a bit meaner. Had he succeeded at bringing Miami to glory, all this would be moot. He failed. And then ran. And the Dolphins continued this awful and unnatural slide that pretty much started when JJ ran away from that ugly 60 something to blah beatdown by the Jags in the playoffs. It has been really painful to watch. Yearggh!!!
But hating on Saban for sending a letter of good wishes to his former players? I don't see it. Its all good because I know he was a 'tard' when it came to how to treat people, but this is not an example of his lameness. By the way, I KNEW that if he failed after treating the media so badly he would be trashed majorly. I just did'nt think the media would stay on it for so long and about really lame things that make our franchise fans and media seem really lame to endlessly harp on.
I mean, its not like the media spanks their own hiney when they screw up (and you guys do). So WTF. Lets move on. He wrote a letter. He said thanks. Probably meant "Sorry". All right. Now how about them Redkins and what we're gonna' do to em' on Sunday?! Go PHINS!!

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Ram said...

I would love to see his Tide against the Gators and Tebow running him over as he goes out of bounds. Knock him on his pampas ass. GO GATORS

8:49 AM  
Blogger LaQuin said...

Oh yeah. I meant "good lookin' out" in my above post. I don't know what 'loolin' is. :) Oops. I will probably get shelled for trying to mitigate the SABAN HATE TRAIN. But I don't want to get hammered for 'loolin'. Anyway, peace out and death to the Redskins(the Washington variety. Not the people. Unlike Fake Steve Jobs, I like indians).

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Tom@Jax said...

Maybe Satan is serious and actually hopes they have a good season and wanted to tell them so.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...And maybe he's just such an ass that he can't help himself from being an ass.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one other issue that burns me about Saban, there is no doubt in my mind that he is the reason Mike Shula is no longer the Coach at Alabama. Mike suffered thru the 'penalty years, set this team up for success this season just to have 'SATAN' undermine him and accept the glory of this Alabama team this season. That pisses me off as bad as the way he set the Dolphins back 2 years. i only hope that Zach and JT, get at least one shot at a playoff run before father time catches up to them and they end up retiring. FINAN in North Carolina.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous airpedro said...

Right on the money Armando! Tell Saban not to go away angry, just go away!

9:38 AM  
Blogger lacesoutdan said...

Will Allen is cool.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Armando Salguero said...

I don't care if you're a Republican, a Democrat, a Liberterian or a socialist. You don't disrespect the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

Iran is run by a crazy man, but he would love to meet with the PRESIDENT. North Korea is run by a pedophile freakazoid, but he would love to meet with the PRESIDENT.

The point is you guys need to get over whatever feelings you have for the man and respect the office. Saban didn't do that.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous FLPD said...

Completely agree with you on the presidential stuff, Mando. It was wierd at the time and seems more wierd now. But I guess that describes Saban's time in Miami. Wierd.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

Dolphins fans that hate Saban for lying simply don't think the situation through. Lying was the ONLY reasonable option, with the other being admitting he was leaving/considering leaving DURING the season. If he had done that, it would have caused an even bigger commotion and you'd all be ripping him for that.

Don't hate Saban for not wanting to coach in Miami anymore. If someone doesn't want to do it, you shouldn't ask them to. And really, do you WANT someone coaching the team that's heart isn't in it?

9:50 AM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

Come on guys....is it really worth talking about that POS Satan anymore? Here we are on the fringe of starting a new era with Cam Cameron and we're drudging up the Saban talk. So he sent a postcard. So what? Read it, rip it up, return it, do whatever, and move on. Is it really newsworthy? No.

On the president bashing...while I happen to support our commander-in-chief, I also support your right to bash him and voice your opinions, right or wrong. Its just that the DOLPHINS IN DEPTH weblog is just that....a DOLPHINS blog. Lets keep it that way, shall we? go here if you wish to bash: http://forums.miami.com/kr-miaminews/start

9:58 AM  
Anonymous John Michaels said...

You know, I certainly don't recall Dave Wannstedt pulling this kind of crap in 2005. Even if Wannstedt did send the team letters in 05, Saban probably got to them before the players did and threw the cards away in the dumpster. Nick Saban has no soul, and is amongst the scum of the earth. Hey Nick, instead of writing letters to players that hate you, shouldn't you be getting your CURRENT team ready to play against Vanderbilt?

Vanderbilt isn't a walk in the park like they used to be. The SEC is a much tougher place now, Nick. Get used to it.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Elian Gonzales said...

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10:23 AM  
Anonymous Luis Posada Carriles said...

Yeah, like I'm sure you, your family, your friends and neighbors would have sat down for tea and crumpets with JFK and the First Lady?

Not without a revolver anyway.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saban was disrespectful for not having lunch with the president. And most of you guys are right there with him.

It's sad it takes a Cuban guy to understand the respect the office of the American president deserves. Our nation is going to crap.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous JFK said...

Armando was only 1 when I died. Otherwise, I'm sure he would have come to lunch with me and my first lady Marylin Monroe.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Monica Lewinsky said...

Like Armando says, Never Never, blow OFF The President of the United States.

Especially, not when you can blow the President of the United States.

Take it from me. Mando, do you like cigars? If so, I'll come visit.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Dolphconn said...

Saban is an ass, but I hold Wayne responsible for all that has happened the 2 years he was coach wannabe. Wayne pushed Saban to take the job because we fans and media wanted it so and Wayne ignored the signs that this was a bad move by not stepping in and asking questions on his coaching abilities.

Some examples:

Coaching: red flags, time clock management, play calling from another ass (Mularkey) etc.

Treating staff: don't talk to me, cup cakes, Randy our GM being treated as an incompitent person.

Player moves: Bell not being used, Culpepper comming back way too soon, Jason Allen learning way to many positions while being a hold out.

and to top it all off, not only did Saban screw Wayne but his wife took a shot at him and he responds with nothing but praise for Nick and his family.

OUTRIGHT HUMILIATION!!!!!!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous BRING.BACK.THE.BEAR.get.rid.of.nick.&ROLLTIDE.anyway said...

Ugghhhhhhhh.........what gives with you dimwitted people who think Armando is amking a political statement here?????

HE IS NOT. He is simply stating the obvious, to anyone bright enough to see it, and that is.....

That by Nick Sabin's by refusal to meet with the President, was one of MANY backward, narsicistic, hillybilly-type quirks for which he has become all to known for now.

In his former early stages with the Fins, we didn't all see or know what probably people close to him have know for some time.

It is obvious that by his not taking the meeting, what he was really saying was, "I am far too important to meet with the President. I can not step down from my oh-so powerful and prominent posistion. Let all of you have-been former Dolphins (Shula? Marino?) meet with him. I am on a mission from God...."

The sad part is that by disrespecting the highest office in the world...did not buy him anything.....in the end he is disrespected, and look at what came from him not taking the meeting........the Fins went to the Super Bowl this past year, and he looks like our town's new super hero.

Too bad my favorite college team is the big A.

I KNOW THAT THE BEAR WOULD HAVE MET WITH THE PRESIDENT. AND NOT BECAUSE HE WAS 'POLITICAL'. BECAUSE HE WAS A TRUE SOUTHERN STATESMAN.

Nick Sabin you have truly forgotten where you have come from..you can disguise your down home southern style in 'Little Debbie's' and sweet tea all you want.

I hope the Bear is resurrected and runs you out of town.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Rasta said...

Will Allen is a Tool!

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you all as sick as i am about talking about this? I mean talk about beating a dead horse! Let's let it go (LeBatard included) and get on with the season....

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been 8 months. It's time to move on. So he sent post cards. You people will twist anything he does into something negative. Your season is starting. Why not focus on that.

I really don't get the obsession. The national media likes to portray Alabama fans as obsessive, but you guys are just crazy. We've been jilted by a coach before. Big deal. We didn't like it, when it happened to us, but we moved on. We enjoy seeing Francione loose. That's pretty natural for a fan. But you guys are just nuts.

One of your top media guys gets you guys to call in talk shows in Alabama and Saban's call in show. Just to bash him.

For your own sanity move on and focus on the future. Saban was not a good fit for the Dolphins. You don't like him. Well fine. Just move on.

Oh and by the way not all Dolphin players don't like him. Your retired star DE has a lot of nice things to say about Saban that I have read in the national media.

So move on and leave us alone!
Good Bye!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure why everyone here has such a problem with life and reality. I mean the guy quit his job to to another one... who hasn't? He didn't tell his current employer his thoughts nor the media... well la-dee-da. Anytime I've left a position I've never gone to my current boss and said "Excuse me, I really don't see this working out... so I'm going to stay on for 3 months before dumping you." I mean it's just a job. Personally I think it takes a special type of idiot to even consider an NFL job just because of the personas a person has to deal with. It kills me how people are going to bad mouth a person in a position that they will never see themselves in anyway. I mean most of the people writing on this blog are probably out of shape couch potatos who fuss at their televisions because no one else gives them the time of day. Get a life people! On a second note... for the people who want to disrespect the president - go away, just go away. I've served this country and I respect the position and whoever fills it. Yeah, he's not the best we've had at the helm, but we haven't had a lot of greats in the past 3 decades. Get off the couch, read a book, get educated, and stop posting insance rhetoric of your idiot peers.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crybabies...Crybabies...Crybabies!!! Get over yourself. Saban was just trying to do a nice thing. I believe the reason there is so much hostile reaction toward Saban leaving is that deep down you know you lost a good coach. The Dolphins are not a good team and it is not Saban's fault. They were not a good team when he got there and 2 years is not enough time to turn things around in most cases. The Dolphins are not even the best football team playing in Miami. But all of this will die down soon when you have another vent for your hostility when the current Dolphins team implodes. So all of you who root for the My-am-I (terrible) Dolphins, just ignore Saban's cards...it will take a lot more than good wishes from a former coach for that team to have a good season.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN!!

1:47 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Are you all bitter? Don't you have better things to worry about in South Florida. Like is Fidel really dead? Or what hurricane is going to blow us away this year? I guess the Dolphins are that bad and there really is nothing good to talk about.

Thanks for the best thing to happen to us. -Alabama Alum

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a bunch of hairy armpit, smell bitter hippie liberals. why don't you people get jobs and stay off of every blog on the internet. Saban blew off Bush, so what, Monica blew off Clinton and he blew all over her blue dress.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Iran is run by a crazy man, but he would love to meet with the PRESIDENT. North Korea is run by a pedophile freakazoid, but he would love to meet with the PRESIDENT."

Its called politics...grow up.

And please stop whinning about Saban, the new season is about to start. Get over it!!!

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Armando, can you please ask who in their infinite wisdom decided to require your readers to register in order to read articles on the Herald site? I am offended by this practice of email and personal information mining.

I do enjoy your blog but unfortunately I will have to curtail my activity due to this unscrupulous attempt to mine my personal information.

2:26 PM  
Blogger mike said...

I don't blame Saban for lying really. Thats a tough spot, you can't tell the team you are leaving before the season is over. And maybe in his mind, he wasn't feeling cabable anyomore on the pro level. He wasn't a good pro coach and he wasn't having fun. But maybe if something changed he would stay....but nothing changed. I don't want him if he isn't confident he could do the job.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saban tried for a month to say he did not discuss his contract or job offers or any thing other than the team he is coaching and football but the press were relentless and he blew up finally and made a declarative statement, that at the time he made it I think he thought it was true. As the end came he realized he did not want to be in the NFL, the owner agreed and they parted on friendly and professional terms. The press and the fans wish to believe otherwise and that is ok. It is a free country.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone here saw any games that Shula coached at Alabama you would agree, he is not a head coach yet. He could not make decisions in the heat of the battle such as 4th and 1 what do I do? Very bland and poor offensive strategy with maybe one of the best QB and WR's the team has seen in years. Both set records last year, while not scoring enough points to be also ran teams.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow!! I thought the corndogs (LSU)
were a bunch of crybabies. If saban is such a terrible coach as you and they suggest, you should be very happy. How does this make Coach Cam feel?
You claim Coach shula was treated badly, yet you had the chance to hire him and passed.
When was he supposed to talk to the team? The season was over and i doubt any of them were hanging around. These are pro athletes, not college kids, I don't think any of them will be emotionally dammaged from a coaching change.
He was comming off of a losing season, he wasn't right for your team, he knew it so did you, but because he didn't wait around to be fired, he is scum of the earth.
I never knew don shula was such a bitter old man, but then again, he just sounds like the rest of you.
If i were a dolphins fan (which i no longer am), i would be wondering why the first round draft choice was spent on a kick returner, when a quarterback was badly needed, and available. I would not be worried about a former coach, who was unwanted anyway.
Good luck to Coach (Mike) Shula.
Worst of luck to the dolphins and don!!

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Trenton said...

You rednecks are missing the point: We didn't write him a love letter. We didn't send him a FedEx package.

Satan sent Miami players the postcards. He initiated the contact. He can't stay away. Shouldn't he be preparing for Alabama Birmingham or something?

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are Dolphans still crying over Saban's departure when he was only there two years and totally disrespected the whole time? If you really loved Nick, how come you didn't put his picture on your walls next to Don Shula, Dan Marino and the '72 undefeateds? Move along now, nothing more to be seen here.
P.S., ROLL TIDE!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a Bama (and BUCS) fan in Florida:

Why would anyone involved with the Dolphins be mad at Saban for following HIS heart back to college ball? Would you have rather he stayed on down there for 2-3 more years and continue to stew internally because the Dolphins and the NFL are not really where he wanted to be? The media down there really did a bang-up job crucifying him and giving So. Fla. what it LOVES the most- HIGH DRAMA. Get over yourselves!
...I do agree with the dissing of Bush for a team meeting. And to have the balls to take the time to send former players good luck cards- even if he is a "villain" (according to the Herald writers, at least)...that's just something that is called "good manners"! Y'all try it sometime.

ROLL TIDE
GO BUCS
Go Fins

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON HE'S GONE
WHY DO YOU CARE, IS IT JUST THAT
YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO WRITE
ABOUT, OR TALK ABOUT ON THE RADIO.
IF THE MEDIA HAD STOPPED ASKING
HIM ABOUT THE ALABAMA JOB, HE WOULD
NOT HAVE TO SAY I'M NOT GOING TO ALABAMA, BUT NO YOU HAD TO KEEP, ASKING, ASKING , ASKING, ASKING,
ASKING, GET THE POINT.
GROW-UP ALL OF YOU,

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait until he pulls the same crap at Alabama that he pulled in Miami and LSU and Michigan State and everywhere else he's been.

Then the rednecks will realize what a piece of work this guy truly is.

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that miami owner just wouldn't stop trying to get him,
until he said yes. So maybe you all should be mad at the owner for bringing him to miami. I don't think he really wanted to leave in the first place. dats wat us's red's a necks think du du.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Lance said...

Saban could save 3 kids from a fire, cure baldness, and jam with the Stones and you guys would complain about it. I haven't seen a fanbase this whiny about not getting their way since Cagney and Lacey went off the air. Bottom line ... if the Dolphins job was that good he'd still be there. Add Bama to the mix and it's no contest. Why have hamburger when you can have steak?

Roll Tide bitches, LD

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people just can't get over it. Get on with your lives and quit complaining when someone actually does something good to you (sending cards). What a bunch of loosers...you just wait till Bama plays Miami again...wait, wasn't that 92' Miami team supposed to be the best ever?

The Dolphins will never be worth much of anything anyway, so quit complaining. Football is only king in the South, which is only NORTH of Gainesville/Jacksonville.

Ohh, and hope you don't get offended when I say good luck to the Dolphins this season....you Northerns in Florida just can't handle the Southern hospitality....

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only person that dislikes Saban for the simple fact then when he showed up in the beginning, he made the Bold statement this is going to be a "One Voice" team. Then after 2 seasons in which the records got worse, with ALL the main decisions being HIS, he blamed EVERYONE but himself! That's why He is an IDIOT in my eyes. Who cares he lied and left to Alabama?!? If you are going to let it be known that you are "The Man", then act like it and accept responsibility that YOU are the reason the team is WORSE off then when you took over!!! Simply put he is, was and always will be a WEASEL that needs to just go away!!! -JB in LA

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Mamma Saban said...

The little dictator(he wishes he was one)finally felt bad about how he left the Dolphins. Even his guilty conscience finally opened up. Now that it has come to bear, Nick, stick it up your arse! No one at Miami wants to hear from you now since you so heartlessly left the team that you mismanaged while saying you were building into champions. You kept Bell on the bench when he could have helped you win. You didn't let Capers run a defense that he knew better than you did. You mismanaged the draft, abused Randy Mueller who could have saved you and the Dolphins, and then double crossed Mike Shula, Mr Huizenga, and the entire Dolphin team and fanbase. Then you lied again, saying that you felt bad about it, when the only thing you are about is money that you and your greedy wife can never spend. Why don't you take your narrow arse back to the service station where your dad once tightened you up for disrespecting a customer, and learn people skills and manners that I and your dad once taught you?
Did you forget your roots?
Mamma Saban

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Peyton Manning said...

The Miami Dolphins are one of the worst franchises in the history of professional sports. The Dolphins and their mediocre former coach have lived off the '72 season for so long and have NOTHING in the interim. Who would want to coach a bunch of overpaid crybabies in front of empty seats in what is arguably the biggest armpit of a city in the United States?
Good for Saban for getting back into the college game, the NFL is a souless shell of what football is meant to be.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!! What a bunch of whiners and drama queens in South Florida. You guys are still hung up on Saban leaving Miami. Wasn't that way back in January?

8:48 PM  
Blogger Sabanist said...

This article pretty much demonstrates why Saban left in the first place. Nick Saban knows how to coach football. He lives football. The people in Miami are so upset with Saban because of his commitment. He skips out on the prez to go to a team meeting. In Alabama, you'll get elected president for that. And all this second guessing decisions which at the time made sense to everyone. But reporters and hecklers can look in hindsight and say "I told you so" although it was under their sleezy breath at the time.

Bottom line is that the Dolphins were garbage before Saban got their and he made them respectable before he left, and Miami just can't handle that he would leave that "great" city for a backwoods place like Tuscaloosa.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous John Michaels said...

Not a surprise too see the Alabama faithful coming out in full force to defend their "beloved" head football coach. You guys just don't get it. Then again, we don't expect you too. You see, what you're going through right now with Saban is the same thing we went through two years ago. That euphoric feeling, that feeling that Nick Saban could do no wrong.

I must remind you guys that the SEC is a much tougher conference than it was when Nick Saban was at LSU. The recruiting trail is going to be a lot tougher. At LSU, he had free reign over the state of Louisiana. Now, he has to recruit against Auburn. He won't have the same success with South Florida recruits like he did at LSU. Several high schools have already shunned him, and Randy Shannon and the University of Miami is regaining control of the South Florida recruiting grounds at a rapid pace.

So, with that said. When it all comes crashing down for the Crimson Tide, and it will. Don't come back here cursing his name. Because you all have been warned. I wish you guys the best of luck this season. Don't underestimate Vanderbilt, they are actually a pretty good team.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell does blowing off the pres. of USA have to do with anything here............. NICK GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no flag throughing fool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:28 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

I am actually more happy than not that he left, in hindsight. I have seen such a difference under Mr. Cameron, that I have more guarded hope this year, than last. I won't say I wasn't fit to be tied when he left, and I truly feel Alabama is getting what they deserve for ousting Mr. Shula, but had he honored the commitment he made, as I was raised to do, then we wouldn't have Mr. Cameron, or Mr. Mueller anymore. I feel they are putting us on the right track. People want to rant at them for taking Mr. Ginn over Mr. Quinn, but you have to realize the decision for Mr. Ginn was as much a product of their preference for Mr. Beck over Mr. Quinn than it was Mr. Ginn vs. Mr. Quinn. I fully agree with them that the team needed most more speed on offense, a dynamic returner, and a QB known more for his Accuracy, and production than his hype, and School. I was calling for us to draft Mr. Ginn from the end of the season, until draft day, and DREADED the prospect of Mr. Quinn being the next Miami first round flop. Back to Mr. Saban. I believe he handled things badly, and that the postcards were a bit too little too late, beyond that? Who cares? Water under the bridge. We will remember if he ever coaches at this level again. One final thing? This is the MIAMI DOLPHINS team Blog, not the Crimson Tide blog. I would thank those people who are not fans of the Dolphins to politely keep their comments to themselves, or at least on a blog site dedicated to their team.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Biker Bill said...

Nick Saban and his little prick (harry potter MF) - You guys have two things in common. If I saw you on the street, I'd kick the living sh-t out of you!

Saban needs to get a grip of reality and harry potter just needs to get a life.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its truly sad that Americans have become so jaded and self-absorbed that a nice gesture like wishing your former team players in the upcoming season can be construed into something so negative.

Saban's success in college ranks is built upon outworking every other coach in his conference. Specifically, he out-recruits opposing teams and stockpiles talent. This isn't possible in the NFL where the salary cap makes GMs the real heroes.

I think this reality was frustrating for Saban because his personal ability to assemble talent, instill discipline and teach the game (a winning formula in NCAA), really isn't in the job description of a modern NFL head
coach.

This is the same reason Steve Spurrier flopped in the NFL: The personal skills and attributes that made him a great college coach simply aren't required in the NFL. Saban will succeed at Bama, but he would've just become more and more miserable in Miami.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Nick Saban said...

F*ck off you bunch of whinny crybabies. Good luck Cam.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sad. Get over it already. Nick is gone and is not coming back. Maybe you should be talking about why the hav Dolphins been a failure for the last 25 years. Including many season's under Mike Shirley's dad.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey..he was disgraceful as a person and coach...I am sure he is a great family man, because his decision helped his family..they were not ready for Miami...the style, the life, the energy, the pressure

I do not care for him...I think he just tried to do something nice and is his way of saying he was sorry...

Let him go and get pounded by LSU, Auburn, and Florida for a couple years

I think he realizes where he belongs

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saban gave us HOPE. Saban took it AWAY! Thanks! GOOD RIDDINS!

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Harry Potter said...

This is directly for you, Armando (read it completely, since I took the trouble to dialog with you, that's the nice thing to do):

Well, using your own words: I don't care if you're the President of the United States of America, you don't lie, kill, annihilate an ancient people, disrupt the order of a country in the name of democracy, and you don't steel the (so called democratic)elections.

Bush for me is nothing, the same as any other corrupt politician. In fact each and everyone of them is my subordinate, cause I'm part of the people and in a democracy it is all about the people, right? And you don't lie to the people, right? and you don't kill people, right?

Now, you talk about the Northcorean president as if you knew him. Have you seen him sleeping with children? Cause otherwise it is an ad hominem argument, with no validity whatsoever as a truth claim. But, let's assume you're right and the guy does it. I rather have dinner with a guy who has sex with children than with a guy who KILL the children... and their mothers... and their fathers... and their country, and their past, and MY children.

Now, since I can choose, I rather have dinner with you, cause I find you an agreeable guy never minding your political opinions. I like your work. So I thank you for giving my life another enjoyable experience.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Kenneth said...

Harry Potter check your spelling (with all due respect) Good points though. Also are people from University of Alabama really coming on here to defend the worst coach in Miami history? Please is that even a real college? I'd rather go to Community College. Go back to your shacks in alabama... didn't know you guys had internet yet.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I just read an article where the people of Tuscaloosa decided to put down Granny's moonshine jug, and finally discovered the benefits of indoor plumbing. Slwoly, but surely they're developing.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree Saban should just leave and Leave for good! As for Harry Potter i think he cheered and was pleased when 9/11 went down. and wants another lesser president in office so it can happen again.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Roberto said...

Work is more important that meeting with the President, so he was right on that one. On the other hand, he did mismanage the Dolphins worse than the War in Iraq. His offensive weapon of mass destruction turned out to be a flop (Culpepper). And of course, the press, until now is asking the tough questions.

1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well...blowing off George Bush...at least he did SOMETHING right!

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way he handled his departure, this last thoughtless act just shows how out of touch with reality he really is!!!!!!!

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ALABAMA SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous teacher said...

To one of the Anonymous:
When 9/11 "went down", it happened under our current president's watch. Get it? You're not safe with Dubya. Will it happen again with another "lesser president" in office? Possibly, but it would be difficult to find anyone worse than what we have now.
To Armando:
Our president is an elected representative. He is not a God, not royalty, he is simply our mistake. Bush has the lowest approval rating in U.S. history so the mistake is realized. Don't insist we have to continue to celebrate our mistake. We can love our country while expressing dissatisfaction. We have a clown running our country - a worldwide embarrassment. We don't have to wallow in it and pretend we like it. As with the Saban situation, I'm just looking forward to the next administration. Respect is commanded, not demanded.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Nick Saban is a liar, a hypocrite, and a fraud. All you Alabama fans who posted to this blog (you know who you are) will learn that in due course.

That being said, I agree with Armando's take here 100%. He needs to just go away.

4:07 PM  

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