Nick Saban: ’4 years with Bill Belichick were the worst of my life’

Nick Saban

Nov 30, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts during the fourth quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Speaking at the American Football Coaches Association Convention on Monday Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban said that the four years he was on the staff of Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns were the “worst four years of his life.”

Belichick has a reputation as being a bit of an ornery fella so this isn’t necessarily a shocking revelation form the four-time national champion, but it does show that the personal relationship they had was a bit strained because of their professional relationship.

Saban was the Browns defensive coordinator from 1991-94 and was instrumental in the Browns achieving an 11-5 season with the league’s top defense.

It was that which propelled him to become the head coach with the Michigan State Spartans where he was for five seasons before leaving for LSU where he won his first national title.

One year after leaving the Browns for college, Belichick was fired from the Browns after a 5-11 season, but just like Saban, Belichick has done pretty good for himself since getting out of Cleveland as he’s been to five Super Bowls, winning three of them.

One has to wonder how the state of the Browns franchise could have been altered had Saban stayed with Cleveland at least one more year. We very well could have missed out on the greatest college and pro dynasties in recent memory had that been the case.

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Bill Belichick, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, Nick Saban

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  • bkito

    You can’t even begin to compare Saban to Belichick, NFL is in a whole different ball game than college, and especially since the NFL salary cap, coaching has become even more important. What NFL Coach can keep bringing his team to the Playoffs & giving them a chance at a Super Bowl run? What Belichick has done this year, losing all his top receivers, and yet still making it to the Championship Game is beyond miraculous! Saban could not even compete with Belichick if Saban tried his hand at coaching in the NFL, if I’m correct, I think he tried it a few year back but probably was afraid that he would fail so he went back to college.

  • tideman89

    Sure, like Robert Kraft hasn’t bought every possible free agent he could in the last 5-10 years. That hasn’t helped the Patriots at all. It’s really an apples and oranges comparison. Clearly Saban is much more comfortable coaching in the college environment, while Belichick is more comfortable in the NFL. When you compare results, and we’re talking championships here, Saban leads 4 to 3.

  • 123Star

    I see Saban on the sidelines and he’s know angel by any chance. I wonder what went through his mind when the Auburn runner went all the way ? We all learn from tuff times.

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