Nearly six years after leaving the Dolphins, Alabama coach Nick Saban tried to set the record straight during a radio interview Monday, saying he feels badly about the manner he left and insisting that contrary to reports over the years, the Dolphins offered Drew Brees a contract during 2006 free agency.
It has been widely reported that the Dolphins offered a contract to Daunte Culpepper, who ultimately signed with them, and not to Brees because team doctors decided that Brees was more of a medical risk because of his surgically repaired shoulder. That decision has haunted the Dolphins for years.
But Saban told Dan LeBatard on 790 The Ticket on Monday that the Dolphins first made an offer to Brees but “quite frankly, he didn’t pass the physical. And we were forced to go in another direction.”
Saban also discussed leaving the Dolphins job after the 2006 season — his second year in the job — despite saying he was not going to take the Alabama job. “The big thing with me is not handling the way I left well,” he said. “That’s always been a thing with me I’ve never felt good about. I’ll probably never feel good about it.”
The Dolphins have only 12 takeaways — well below their fewest ever in a season (19 in 2010). They have forced 19 fumbles but recovered only three. And they have just one takeaway in the past seven games.
“We’ve got to make more impacting plays on defense,” defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. “We’re not creating field position like great defenses do, and ultimately that’s what we want to be.”
It appears as though the Dolphins would be positioned to win the tiebreaker in that scenario, though a league spokesman said he was unable to confirm that on Monday.Charles Clay Harold Lewis
As for fill-in right tackle Nate Garner, Sherman said: “You worry a lot about how is he going to handle the pass-rushers, but he seems to have done a pretty good job. I’m really excited about how he has played and what he has done in the run game.”
Beyond Binns, here’s how the Dolphins allocated receiver snaps in Davone Bess’ absence: Brian Hartline played 60 of Miami’s 73 offensive plays, Marlon Moore 37, Rishard Matthews 31 and Marcus Thipgen 29.Joe Philbin Bryan McCann’s Jimmy Wilson R.J. Stanford Sean Smith