What would the Dolphins be like today if the team would have inked now Super Bowl MVP QB Drew Brees? Well, this past week Peter King had a portion of Brees’ upcoming book – “Coming Back Stronger” and it talks about how the QB flirted with the thought of being a Fin:
Brees had significant interest on the table from the Saints. But he wanted to find out if Saban had the same faith in him that (Sean) Payton and Mickey Loomis had in New Orleans.
So Brees picked up the phone and called Saban, who told him the Miami team doctors believed Brees had a 25 percent chance to come back and be the same quarterback, or better, that he’d been before the shoulder surgery.
According to the book, Brees said to Saban: “Coach, I know what your doctors believe about me. My question is, what do you believe?”
Wrote Brees: “Nick Saban paused. That was really all I needed to hear. His pause told me everything. ‘Well, Drew,’ he said, ‘I would still love to have you, but I have to trust what our medical people are saying …’ He went on from there, like he was reading from a script. But I was starting to tune out. By then I had all the information I needed. I had made my decision.”
Brees told Saban thanks, and he’d be going to New Orleans, even though telling Saban that might kill his negotiating position with the Saints.
As Brees told me, “The impression I get from the Dolphins was I should feel lucky they were even looking at me. It just wasn’t a welcoming feeling.”
While it would be interesting to think about the Fins with Brees, where would the New Orleans Saints be today without him?