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Former NFL exec Scott Pioli calls out Tim Davis over Saban comments
As the former Patriots V.P. of player personnel and Chiefs G.M., Scott Pioli knows a thing or two about working with demanding coaches.
He knows how difficult it can be to carve out a career in the game.
Pioli also knows a lot about Nick Saban, having worked with him during their time with the Browns, and he didn’t like it one bit when Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis called Saban “the devil.”
As the Dolphins head coach in 2005-06, Saban employed Davis and Will Muschamp. Davis now works for Muschamp, and he created quite a stir recently with his comments while speaking at a Gators booster club meeting in Melbourne, Fla.
“I’ve always wanted to work with Will,” Davis said. “Will’s got a plan. Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three. He did seven. And his DNA is not any different than Nick.”
In an interview with Mike Florio during Tuesday’s edition of ProFootballTalk Live, Pioli defended the Alabama coach and agreed with Saban, who has said he was “terribly disappointed” by the remarks.
“I’ve got to be honest, I was terribly disappointed,” Pioli said. “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 for Saban in Miami, the two-time defending BCS champ later gave him a job at Alabama. Pioli was especially peeved that Davis would make those comments about someone who, by all appearances, went out of his way to help him.
“[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,” Pioli said. “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.”
Davis has yet to comment on Saban’s reaction, but it will be interesting to see if this latest salvo initiates an apology.
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