May 22nd, 2013 11:21 AM║ Posted By: Mike Mitchell ║ Permalink
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Tags: Alabama, Bill Parcells, Kansas City Chiefs, Mike Florio, New England Patriots, NFL, Nick Saban
Scott Pioli made a name for himself in the NFL – first as V.P of player personnel for the New England Patriots and then as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. While at New England, the Patriots did battle with Nick Saban’s Miami Dolphins. Now Pioli is defending a former NFL rival and current Alabama coach.
Speaking to Mike Florio, Pioli was asked about his reaction to former Dolphins assistant Tim Davis calling Saban “the devil.”
“I’ve got to be honest, I was terribly disappointed. You know, I know Nick Saban, I’ve worked with Nick Saban for a number of years back in Cleveland. First of all, I didn’t like it for Nick. I know Nick is a tremendous coach and he’s a tough worker and he’s a tough boss but I know a lot of people who are tough bosses.
“I’ll say this about Nick, though: I think he’s tough but he’s fair. He doesn’t ask anything of people that he hasn’t done himself or that he won’t do himself.”
Davis not only worked with Saban at Miami but also took a job under Saban at Alabama and that really got Pioli fired up.
“[Davis] spends a year out of football, can’t get a job, Nick creates a position at the University of Alabama to help a guy who’s been unemployed he shows his loyalty to the guy, brings him in, creates a position, pays him. This guy made the choice to come work for Nick and now a couple years later, he’s bashing a guy who really helped him… I just don’t understand the mentality of people who are given opportunities, they seize the opportunity, they get paid, and then some time in the future they start to air dirty laundry or their hard feelings toward someone. I just don’t understand why people can’t keep their mouths shut and move on. So, to me, it’s one of these trends in sports that I see, that I just, truly disappoint me.”
And round and round we go. We’ll see if this latest salvo sets off any more reactions or draws a comment or apology from Davis, who is now Florida’s offensive line coach. Saban last week called the comments “terribly disappointing.”
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