Saban, of course, did leave the Dolphins for Alabama after the '06 season, even after saying he wouldn't take the Alabama job, and took plenty of heat for the move.
How could things have been different?
Well, Saban is reiterating that he wanted to sign Brees, a free agent at the time, before the '06 season but that the organization decided to pass on Brees after doctors checked out his injured shoulder. The Dolphins signed another quarterback coming off of an injury, Daunte Culpepper, instead. Culpepper went on to play in just four games for Miami in '06 and was released after the season. Brees, of course, became an All-Pro and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints.
"I never really commented a lot about this before, but the Drew Brees scenario really soured me a little bit because, we really wanted to get him. We had him," Saban said. "Circumstances, (the) physical, didn't allow us to have him on our team and then he went on to have tremendous success. We didn't have a quarterback that year, so we didn't have success. That really, sort of, rubbed me the wrong way and I just felt like I could control my destiny better at Alabama."