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Nick Saban is more demanding than Bill Belichick? That's what the Patriots coach believes

Ryan Hannable
January 07, 2019 - 8:45 pm
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ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi traveled cross-country and back over the weekend to sit down with Bill Belichick and interview him about Nick Saban for a segment on the pregame show of the National Championship between Alabama and Clemson that aired Monday night.

The trip proved worth it, as Belichick gave some interesting responses.

Of course, Saban and Belichick go way back. Their relationship began in 1982 when Saban was on Navy's coaching staff with Belichick's dad, and then they connected again in Cleveland when Saban was Belichick's defensive coordinator in 1991.

So, who is the more demanding coach?

“Nick,” Belichick said. “I think I might have just a little more patience than Nick.”

What about "busting chops?"

“Probably Nick,” Belichick said. “Nick’s pretty sharp.”

Saban added: “[Belichick has] got a dry sense of humor but he can hold his own."

The two agreed they are probably tied for worst loser, as both hate losing.

Both coaches are obviously the best at what they do in their respective roles, so Rinaldi asked what the two can understand about one another that nobody else could?

“How hard it is to sustain and how hard it is to do it year after year,” Belichick said. “How you always have new players, your opponents have new players. You’re the target for them. The bullseye’s on you from them every week.”

Saban's season will end Monday night, while Belichick and the Patriots will host the Chargers in the AFC divisional round Sunday afternoon.

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