Go away Nick Saban, just go away
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.