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.”
Saban says 4 years with belichick were the worst of his life.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 13, 2014
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.