Heath Evans recently appeared on the The Jorge Sedano Show in South Florida where he spilled the beans on former Miami Dolphins coach and current Alabama coach Nick Saban on not “caring about any of us football players” and gaining their respect, being a terrible pro football coach, stepping over offensive lineman Jeno James who was on the verge of dieing, and manipulating and scaring college football players. WARNING: if you are related to Nick Saban DO NOT read the transcripts below. Oh, he also gets at the #FATTY Eric Mangini.
Jorge Sedano Show:
How was Nick Saban to work or play for?
WHAT A GUY
OHH. WOW. Nick is an amazing head football coach. At the professional level NO, because his schemes, and scare tactics and fear factor, those things just don’t work when a lot of the players are making more money than you. So you can’t manipulate grown men into playing hurt and playing injured and doing what you want them to do. They’ve got to believe in the system and they’ve gotta believe in the man that’s coaching and teaching the system. And ultimately that’s just where he failed at the pro level. You’ve got to come in and you’ve go to show respect to your players. I mean we’re professionals. We’ve accomplished things that he’s never accomplished. We’ve accomplished things on the football field that he could have never dreamed of accomplishing. But yet we ultimately knew that he was a good football coach, but he just went about attacking that team (05 Dolphins) the wrong way. In college it works you know, you tell kids “hey if you don’t play hurt this week I’m going to tell the pro scouts when they come in that you’re lazy and you’re soft.” Well what are you going to do. You don’t want to lose a chance at being drafted because you know Nick Sabans word is gold to these pro scouts and pro personal folks. So…there’s that fear and manipulation that he uses as a tactic and it works. Listen, he is hands down the best college coach, in all of college football right now.
Jorge Sedano Show:
Give me an example of something he did to someone while you were there, that made you shake your head that, that stuff doesn’t work here?
1st day of two a days we had a 3 hour plus practice in the morning in that South Florida sun. You guys know what that is like in late July, early August. And then that night we had another practice under the lights, if I recall it goes about from 6-9. Jeno James, our best offensive lineman at the time, comes in and collapses after practice, uh, vomiting all kinds of stuff that would make a billygoat puke, eyes rolled in the back of his head. Myself, about four other lineman are trying to carry him from the locker room, to the training room. Obviously it’s a moment of panic, everyone, you know, we don’t know if this guy’s, you know, gonna die, I mean, the whole deal. But he’s so big and sweaty and heavy that we actually have to set him down in the hallway between the locker room and the training room. Nick Saban literally just starts walking in, steps over Jeno James convulsing, doesn’t say a word, doesn’t try to help, goes upstairs, I don’t know what he does. But then obviously they get Jeno trauma-offed to the hospital. Saban calls a team meeting about 10:30 that night, comes down and says, ‘You know, the captain of the ship can never show fear or indecision, we’ve always gotta have an answer, and so I had to go upstairs, that’s why I walked over Jeno like that, I had to collect my thoughts and decide what’s best for our team.’”
And I’m thinking to myself along with Jason Taylor, and Zach Thomas, and Yiermmiah Bell, and all these other guys going, does he really believe what he’s just saying. He showed no human emotion for one of his best players. He literally stepped over him when 4 or 5 grown men are trying to carry Geno to the training room. And at that point, honestly I was only there for 7 weeks of that football season before he cut me. And let me say this, that was the best thing that ever happened to my career. Because obviously a) they had to pay me then b) Bill Belichick picked me up and I learned more football than I ever thought I’d know. But that deciding moment right there about how Nick Saban handled that I think it always showed the team that ultimately he doesn’t really care about any of us players.”
Even mentions about an email that Saban sent around that read, “Don’t speak until spoken to.”
How he gets it done isn’t my style or teaching. But ultimately the guys got some ways about him thats just like, Are you human? I think he might be a robot.
Damn talk about not holding anything back. Heath Evans should honestly write a book called, “No Filter: Memoirs from a fullback.” **** I would rather buy that than Shaq’s book where he disses everybody that he sees as a threat to his swag.
Heath Evans: Then he takes a little shot at the BIG #fatty Eric Mangini…
I am not very fond of Eric Mangini. At all. Period. The End. I think he screwed our football team over in 2005. Bill never really wanted us to relinquish a lot of that information. But anybody that was linked to Mangini I really don’t like. Call me biased, I probably am.
Now in 2005, Mangini was promoted from Patriots defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator, and the Pats had just come off a Super Bowl winning season in 04. That year in 05, the Pats would have the 26th ranked defense in the NFL (9th the year before), end up going 10-6 (from 14-2), and lose to the Broncos in the divisional round 27-13. I guess the fatty Mangini was worried more about clam chowder than making that defense average.
You can listen to the FULL INTERVIEW HERE