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Scott Pioli Defends Nick Saban, Calls Out Tim Davis: “Don’t Understand The Mentality”

gfx - they said itScott 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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Dungy Talks Up UGA’s Murray, But Murray Not Ready To Talk NFL Yet

Ex-Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy set off a Twitter-lanche which his comment when asked earlier this week who the Kansas City Chiefs should select with their first-round draft pick next spring.  His take: “I would take Georgia QB Aaron Murray if he comes out.”

Naturally, Dungy’s tweet got back to Georgia’s junior signal-caller who was asked about his plans:

 

“I don’t know.  I’m not thinking about that.  I mean I’ve had friend and everyone ask me.  I’m like, ‘I don’t know,’ I’m not worrying about that until after the season, and then I’ll sit down with my family and make the best decision for myself and for my future.

But I’m having too much fun right now.  This season has been awesome.  We still have so much ahead of us and so much excitement, I don’t have time to thing about anything else.  I’m just living in the moment.”

 

Asked if winning a championship this season might lead him to jump to the pro ranks, Murray said no.  “Multiple championships, I wanna get as many as I can.”

Georgia closes the regular season with Georgia Tech on Saturday and will then battle Alabama in Atlanta for the SEC title.  Win both of those games and it’s likely the Bulldogs will find themselves in Miami in January fighting someone for the BCS crown.

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UF’s Weis Going To Kansas As Head Coach

So much for sticking around for the long haul.  For owning property in Florida.  For being besties with head coach Will Muschamp.  Gator offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is on his way to Kansas as the Jayhawks’ new head coach.

The school announced the move this afternoon and plans to introduce Weis tomorrow.  When Weis took the job at Florida, we figured he’d have eyes for a return to the NFL or for another head job in the college ranks.  It was the latter.

Weis had a short but successful run with the Kansas City Chiefs — just down the road from Lawrence — before joining Muschamp’s first staff in Florida.  Now Muschamp is back in the market for a coordinator to oversee the implementation of his pro-style offense with what he hopes will be actual, real-life, pro-style players… a commodity he and Weis were short on in 2011.

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Muschamp Derailing More NFL Playoff Hopes; Hires Quinn From Seattle

You can add another pro fanbase that will be cursing the name “Will Muschamp” today.  The new Florida coach — fresh off hiring Charlie Weis from the Kansas City Chiefs as his offensive coordinator — has given UF’s defensive coordinator job to Dan Quinn.

Quinn is the defensive line coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

“Dan and I worked on the Miami Dolphins’ staff together and is one of the best I’ve been around in terms of teaching fundamentals,” Muschamp said.  “He understands how defenses will need to be multiple and how to put players in a position to be successful.  The Seattle organization has been great in coordinating the hiring of Dan to our staff and we wish them the best of luck in the playoffs.”

Weis and Quinn will remain with their pro clubs through the playoffs.  The Chiefs lost badly at home to the Raiders yesterday and KC officials have had to shoot down speculation that the Weis situation hurt the team’s preparations in Week 17.  Now the Seahawks will also have to deal with the distraction of a coach leaving.

Muschamp might not be making a lot of friends in NFL circles, but he is putting together a pretty impressive coaching staff.

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