Bill has said Nick Saban teaches him more than he teaches Saban. I don't know if they still do it, but they used to get together every year. Saban is part of the Belichick coaching tree, having been a wunderkind defensive coordinator with Belichick in Cleveland. His input formerly used to be extremely valuable to Belichick. Bill has said so himself. Bill Belichick took a second-rounder in 2004 on Marquise Hill, an inexperienced one-year starter considered a project with high-ceiling potential, and an early fourth-rounder in 2002 for Rohan Davey, who, although a star at the college level, many questioned his ability to play as well at the next level. Both, with the benefit of hindsight, can be considered questionable picks. Hill was obviously a big overreach. And despite Davey's poor Wonderlic score, we took him based on Saban's touting his "leadership." Both deals were sealed by the glowing endorsements of their college coach, Nick Saban, then at LSU. I think Saban intentionally mislead Belichick by touting players in a way that would help him recruit future players out of h.s. who had an eye on the NFL. He has that incentive. Saban is a great recruiter. In the book _Blindside_ by Michael Lewis about Michael Oher, Saban wows the women of Oher's rich, adoptive family by talking about the treatment of the blinds on the windows or some such crap. Hill, requiescat in pacem, never, ever came close to the perceptions many of us had about his talent; and Davey obviously didn't have the intellectual mojo to thrive as an NFL QB. I think Saban stiffed Belichick. I hope our coach has learned to take what the Crimson Tide coach has to say "cum grano salis." It helps with recruiting to tell prominent high school players, "Hey, I was able to push these guys up the draft board due to my connections. I can do the same for you." But we're left holding the bag. Saban is a snake, coach. Have you learned your lesson?