So Nick Saban addressed the issue of his failure to sign Drew Brees with the Dolphins back in 2006. The sports media is treating his comments ("we made him an offer, but we had to pull it because he failed the physical") as if they are ground-breaking and gospel. But they're not exactly in sync with Brees' version of the events as he told them in his book. Yes, there was an offer, he writes, and yes they had concerns about my physical. The rest of the story, he writes, is that his agent predicted it would happen the night before the Dolphins made the offer, implying that it was a negotiating ploy to low-ball him. He also implied that had Saban showed the kind of confidence in him that Payton had when he visited the Saints, Brees would gladly have signed with Miami, even for less money. Saban, who we are led to believe had total control in Miami, hid behind the doctor's report, and a New Orleans legend was created. But my real issue is this; the unspoken opinion since the Saban interview was finally spoken today, when Jason Taylor said on NFL Live,"if he's in Miami, I have a Super Bowl ring." Now I love me some Drew Brees, but this season should have proven once and for all how important Sean Payton's influence has been on DB's production. I'm not knocking Saban, but Payton is, frankly, a passing game genius. Does anyone really believe Brees would have been as productive for Saban as he's been for Payton?