In what has to be one of the worst sport related medical blunders in history, an anonymous UK doctor has been reported in the media for his inability to diagnose a football player’s condition. The doctor was asked by his team to examine an unnamed footballer who had fallen ill, but upon examining the player he made a terrible diagnosis and prescribed the wrong treatment. This caused the player’s condition to worsen and he eventually needed to have surgery.

The NFL has a problem. It isn’t a lack of talent, or a lack of effort, or even a lack of fan support. It is the league’s reliance on a slew of former athletes with questionable health: anyone with an injury history and at least one major concussion on their resume. The league’s medical advisory committee has a duty to protect players, but instead, they have been accused of putting their own jobs ahead of the players’ welfare.

Clearly, the NFL has been at fault for its mishandling of the recent Ray Rice situation, but another point of criticism is the NFL’s insistence on continuing the Ray Rice suspension after the video of him punching his wife emerged. The league is trying to defend its handling of the situation, stating that at the time of the incident, the team “was unaware of the existence of the video.” However, it’s been reported that a “source” within the organization tells the Washington Post that the league knew about the video before it published the initial suspension.

Nick Saban is generally considered as one of the best head coaches in college football history. His NCAA prowess, on the other hand, didn’t exactly transfer to the NFL.

Saban’s NFL coaching career was short-lived, and his failed tenure with the Miami Dolphins can be traced back to the decision to pass on Drew Brees and trade for an injured Daunte Culpepper in 2006. Fifteen years later, Saban is still blaming a team doctor for that painful mistake. The longtime Alabama head coach recently bashed the doctor who failed Brees on his 2006 physical, and he admitted that was the moment he knew the NFL wasn’t going to work out for him.

Nick Saban’s NFL coaching career ended in failure.

Nick Saban believes a team doctor's mistake cost him his NFL coaching career.

Nick Saban believes a team doctor's mistake cost him his NFL coaching career. From the sidelines in 2006, Nick Saban leads the Miami Dolphins | Sporting News via Getty Images courtesy of Getty Images

Throughout his storied career, Saban has been a successful coach at almost every location. He has won at least one national championship with two college football schools (LSU and Alabama), and he owns the NCAA Division I record for most national championships won by a head coach (seven).

Saban was able to find success even when he moved to the NFL to become the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. During the 1994 season, his defense allowed the fewest points per game (12.8) in the league. However, when Saban took over his own NFL club in 2005, he saw something he hadn’t seen before and hasn’t seen since: failure.

In his debut season as head coach, Saban guided the Dolphins to a 9-7 record, but they finished second in the AFC East and missed the playoffs. In 2006, he finished last in his category with a 6-10 record and a last-place finish. Saban departed the Dolphins following his second season with three years and $13.5 million remaining on his contract to take over at Alabama.

Drew Brees’ error is blamed on a former Dolphins team doctor, according to Saban.

The Dolphins just needed a quarterback improvement to take the next step after Saban’s first season in Miami, when his club finished 9-7. Brees was intended to be that improvement, but the club was unable to sign him due to a failed medical after his shoulder injury.

Instead, the Dolphins acquired Culpepper, who only started four games in 2006 after suffering a devastating knee injury. After missing the playoffs for the second year in a row, Saban resigned in 2007.

Saban blasted the former Dolphins team doctor who prevented Miami from signing Brees during the Texas High School Coaches Association’s annual meeting on Tuesday.

“[Drew] was supposed to be the starting quarterback. According to, Saban remarked, “That’s all we needed.” “We just went 9-7, and all we needed to be a playoff club was a quarterback. Drew Brees was going to be a free agent for us. Dr. [James] Andrews operated on [his shoulder], and when I went to visit him in Birmingham, he claimed everything was great. On the physical examination, our physicians failed him. [Drew] was present to sign beside us.

“So I determined right then and there that we weren’t going to win since we didn’t have a quarterback in the NFL. I’m leaving right now. I’m not going to remain here. He added, “I’m not going to be accountable for this.” “That doctor couldn’t tell a grain of sand from a grain of sand. Drew Brees will play for another 15 years, winning a Super Bowl and appearing in nine Pro Bowls. And we didn’t take him to Miami, which was his preferred destination. Some things are beyond your control. Nobody knew why we were leaving when we left. That was the reason. “Everything happens for a reason.”

Saban can only succeed if he has complete control. KEWRxcY

Saban is without a doubt one of the best football coaches of all time, but his short, unsuccessful experience as an NFL head coach shown that he can only flourish when he has complete control.

When it comes to roster changes and personnel decisions, you still have to answer to the general manager and club owner as a head coach in the NFL. Those in charge of you put together a squad that they think can win a Super Bowl, and it’s up to you to make it work.

At the collegiate level, though, Saban has the ability to hand-pick his rosters and shape his players into the ideal competitors he wants to see on the field every week via recruiting. The head coach has ultimate control over who the team signs, who starts, and who is hired to their coaching staff.

That is precisely the kind of environment in which Saban can excel as a coach. He returned to the NCAA after realizing that such choices were out of his control at the NFL level.

After six more national championships, it was obvious that the choice was the correct one.

Nick Saban mocked Giants coach Joe Judge during his Alabama interview, referring to him as the ‘Muppets Hecklers.’

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