Bill Belichick is happy he doesn’t have to coach against Nick Saban

Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

You can absolutely make the argument that, in the NFL and NCAA respectively, the two most dominant football coaches of this era have been Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Belichick is the owner of three Super Bowl trophies, while Saban has collected four national championships, three with Alabama and one with the LSU Tigers.

What’s even more interesting is that these two are basically one and the same in terms of coaching styles and their personalities. That’s why it should be no surprise that the two have remained good friends throughout the years:

‘Yeah, I mean Nick, I’ve had as close a relationship with Nick professionally and personally through the years, even before when he was at Ohio State, when he was at Navy, when he was at Michigan State and then obviously the four years in Cleveland and Michigan State again and LSU and then at Miami — that was hard, for both of us because we had a great personal relationship but we’re trying to win, trying to beat each other.”

Just as that last sentence alludes to, these two were actually in the same division in the National Football League at one point when Saban was briefly the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. In fact, Saban’s final NFL win was in 2006 against Belichick’s Patriots team, a 21-0 shutout.

That’s why it also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the dominant Belichick is a bit glad that he doesn’t have to coach against the man anymore that’s basically his mirror image:

“I love that he’s at Alabama and he’s not in our division,” Belichick said. “He’s not shutting us out like he did the last time we played him down there in Miami. But it’s so much better that way on a personal level.”

Topics: Bill Belichick, Nick Saban

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  • Carlos

    I really don’t think Billichick is afraid of him or anyone else for that matter. I’m sure he respects Saban and being the kind of guy he [Billichick] is he is being polite and speaking in respectful terms. They are both great coach’s as their records
    show and speak for themselves. It’s been a tough season for Billichick even though their record isn’t all that bad but I
    believe the injuries they’ve received is going to do them in in the long run. I can’t see them going much further, they’ll
    be lucky to beat the Ravens and I wouldn’t bet on that. I love my Patriots and will always stand by them but when the defense is as weak as it is you can’t expect to go too far. Maybe next year when the regulars are back, then I’ll bet
    the farm on them.

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