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AJ McCarron blames Alabama’s failures on Alabama’s past success

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Alabama’s success led to an unavoidable letdown for the Crimson Tide in 2013, according to former quarterback AJ McCarron. In a radio interview Thursday McCarron suggested Alabama’s championship success the past few years led to younger players thinking they could take the field and win whenever they wanted.

“We had a lot of young guys,” McCarron told The Jim Rome Show on Thursday at the Super Bowl’s radio row. “In the end, success was our killer. Too much success and a lot of young guys coming in who didn’t know what it took to get back to that point to win. They thought we’d just show up and we’d win.”

After winning two straight BCS championships, Alabama head coach Nick Saban expressed concern over his team getting too comfortable with the championship expectations in 2014. The Crimson Tide were the preseason number one and held on to the top spot in the polls for 11 games before losing to Auburn on a walk-off missed field goal returned for a touchdown. Alabama went on to lose to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, with five turnovers directly leading to 35 points for Oklahoma. The two-game losing streak for Alabama came out of nowhere, but it was not something McCarron was totally stunned by.

“Myself and CJ Mosley, we were basically the two leaders of the team and we felt like it was a matter of time before it was coming,” McCarron told Rome. “It’s definitely tough to lose, but it kind of shows when you don’t have everyone buy into one system, one belief, then sometimes a team is going struggle.”

Is McCarron throwing his team under the bus? McCarron accepted the blame for Alabama’s Sugar Bowl loss in the postgame press conference at the time, but his more recent comments may shed some more truth than anything McCarron has said before. McCarron also took swipes at various recruiting services, who McCarron labeled as guys who never played football.

“You have guys who have never played the game of football rating these guys that they are a 5-star, because they’re sitting behind a computer screen watching their highlight film. Well, their highlight film is supposed to be good, the last time I checked. That’s the kind of thing that ticks me off about recruiting and when these kids come in, and they’re 5-stars and they expect to play right off the bat. It’s a little entitlement and when they don’t play off the bat, they get a little ticked off and they don’t want to work.”

For what it is worth, McCarron was rated four stars by Rivals back in 2008.

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  1. tigersfandan says: Jan 30, 2014 7:42 PM

    That seems like sound reasoning to me.

  2. meatcarroll says: Jan 30, 2014 7:57 PM

    This guy talks too much.

  3. tigersfandan says: Jan 30, 2014 8:01 PM

    I’m not sure what has caused this sudden burst of AJ McCarron coverage, but I’m of the opinion that he was previously under-acknowledged. Would you rather read Tebow stories?

  4. thermanmerman99 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:06 PM

    quit giving this douchebag airtime, nobody gives a crap what he has to say. i know he feels the need to talk to everybody possible now to try and stay somewhat relevant before he goes undrafted in the NFL and is sent away to the CFL,buried on the roster as a 3rd string backup for saskatchawan never to be heard from again.i wonder what NFL player his girlfriend will be shacked up with next year?

  5. stoicpaisano says: Jan 30, 2014 8:20 PM

    LOL at him taking a swipe at the recruiting services/all-star games when he and Mosley both played in the Army All-American Bowl. Saban must respect the process to an extent too, as he’s had his staff send faxes to players at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio.

    Not sure if AJ realizes the ratings usually are driven by offer sheets, not the other way around. 5-star busts are largely in part of grades and heart, I’m not sure how the services can quantify that.

    All in all, there’s a pretty strong correlation between class rankings and team strength as a whole. There are some clear misses (Carr’s final UM classes, Coker at Miami, Mack Brown lately) but the mainstays at the top of the heap are often BCS regulars.

  6. normtide says: Jan 30, 2014 9:48 PM

    I agree stoic, individual recruits are hit and miss, but overall class rankings per team are pretty solid.

    Anyone tired of reading AJ stories, blame yourself. Your the one reading them.

  7. chinahand11 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:05 PM

    I believe McCarron and feel his pain. Welcome to adulthood, sir. The ones who came behind AJ did not think they have to work as hard, as in “Why? We’re winning.” Sense of entitlement, say hello to everyone younger. It gets worse, AJ, hang in there, fellow. You get old enough, you can fantasize about hitting those goobers with your cane.

    @ Thermanmerman: I don’t agree with you but you’re pretty funny. That CFL crack was great, you may have dipped a bit low on the GF remark, but overall hysterical.

  8. suprdok says: Jan 30, 2014 10:06 PM

    You’re not ” your”! One means ” You are” the other something you possess!

  9. taylormade311 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:40 PM

    “kids come in, and they’re 5-stars and they expect to play right off the bat. It’s a little entitlement.”

    Yet you said you believe you’re a top 20 pick in the NFL draft.

  10. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 31, 2014 12:11 AM

    Yeah and thats also what happens when your “young guys” go up against a weak out of conference schedule, just sayin. Stop making excuses, Auburn might have slid past you but Oklahoma stomped you, shut your mouth and own it!

  11. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:38 AM

    4512dawg4512 says;

    “Stop making excuses, Auburn might have slid past you but Oklahoma stomped you, shut your mouth and own it!”


    14 points is not a “stomp down”, but hey see it as it suits ya…

    Secondly, you must have missed the “post game interview” where he did “own it” by saying that he “threw 2 interceptions and that was the point spread OU won by”….

    Lastly, all these radio shows he’s doing/done, he is the “guest” which means he was invited by the host obviously interested in what his opinion on things were/are….

    Haterade is flowing freely this mornging.

  12. Romulus says: Jan 31, 2014 9:39 AM

    AJ the dbag sure is opening his mouth a lot. I wonder how long it will take him to figure out you can not that in the big leagues.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 31, 2014 10:03 AM

    suprdok says:
    Jan 30, 2014 10:06 PM

    You’re not ” your”! One means ” You are” the other something you possess!

    You are a douche…. So that would be “you’re”?

    I fkn hate the grammar police…..

  14. alackey20 says: Jan 31, 2014 12:28 PM

    Dear Manmerman99, The Comment Calling this NCAA Record breaking SEC 2x BCS National Champion, a douchebag, want to be, has been. I would like too know What give’s you the right or the credentials to even lick the sweet off his balls. You are a sad excuse for a person. To bring his girlfriend into it, hoping she will be hanging on some freaks arm in the NFL, your dreaming slick. So if anyone is a douchebag, NFL stall gazer its you slurp bug.

  15. irishdodger says: Jan 31, 2014 1:22 PM

    alackey: how do you know his balls are sweet? J/K…I couldn’t resist when I saw the typo.

  16. djbillyd says: Jan 31, 2014 2:06 PM

    That makes about as much sense as anything else. Except that I don’t think it was all only the “young guys”.

    I heard AJ, Kevin Norwood, C.J. Mosely, and the other “leaders” saying the Iron Bowl was like “every other game”. No one in the state of Alabama believes that the Iron Bowl is like any other game.

    I heard the same trio, before the Sugar Bowl, saying the same thing. I never figured a BCS bowl game as “just another game”. So, how does that cavalier attitude by the “leaders” of the team, translate into the “young guys” not knowing what they need to do to be successful? I would really like to hear an explanation of that…

  17. cobibones13 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:15 PM

    So he gets all the credit for the team winning, so much so he is 2nd in Heisman voting, but then when they lose it’s all those younger guy’s faults?

    He’s the one that seems like an entitled jerk, blaming other people for losing, thinking he doesn’t need the Senior Bowl, and thinking he doesn’t need to throw at the combine.

    Didn’t he say he skipped the Senior Bowl to get ready for the combine and pro day? Then he’s not throwing at the combine. What is he so afraid of, it’s not like he’s a lock to go in the top 2 rounds or anything like that.

  18. sicko123 says: Jan 31, 2014 3:23 PM

    AJ, SHUT UP! Your NFL Draft stock is not that high to begin with and now stuff like this is really going to turn teams away because it does come off as selfish and a guy that is trying to throw his teammates under the bus to save his own reputation. Even if that is not his intentions! What is a NFL Draft Prospect doing at the Super Bowl talking to the Media anyway, shouldn’t he be off preparing for the NFL Combine, Imagine if this was Johnny Football, people would be bashing the hell out of him but he is in San Diego working on his game, but I guess that is why he will go 1st Round in the NFL Draft and AJ McCarron WON’T!

  19. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 5:00 PM


    Because AJ McCarron is a fraudulent douchebag. The more he talks, which Saban wisely made sure he didn’t do much of at Alabama, the more you can see it. Btw, for those wondering why people are inviting him on, he’s hocking a product on radio row this week. No one wants to talk to AJ McCarron’s self-centered ass.

  20. normtide says: Jan 31, 2014 5:08 PM

    It seems your pretty excited to talk about him. Isn’t that close to the same thing? Seriously, calling someone a douche a dozen times or so actually makes you seem like one. At least he speaks English. More than I can say about some other high profile QB’s out there.

  21. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 5:22 PM


    Ya know normtide that is so true and some just can’t help themselves. Call them on it and they deny it, yet haven’t seen a post all day except on this thread about AJ. Must be hard to walk around with that huge chip up there next to that knoggin…lol

  22. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 5:38 PM


    I suppose that’s a shot at Jameis Winston or something of that sort so if you feel that way feel free to say so. But again don’t blame me because AJ McCarron is indeed an asshole and I saw it on full display in person. Therefore, anytime he continues to say asinine stuff, I will continue to point out how much of a fraud he is. I certainly had no problem with him until I saw that, so maybe you should be in his company first instead of sillily defending him because he went to Alabama.

    John Parker Wilson, nicest guy in the world, humble fellow. Jay Barker, super guy. AJ McCarron, dumbass who thinks he’s God’s gift to the world.

  23. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 5:41 PM

    Btw, Chris Ricks was a similar asswipe, and I wouldn’t defend that idiot to anyone because I was around him personally when he was at FSU during his freshman year. If you don’t know AJ McCarron personally, stfu because I really could care less what fan has to say about the subject.

  24. buzz3102 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:01 PM

    We all heard the McCarron story when he arrived on Alabama’s campus. He was entitled too. He was upset he was being put on the 2nd and 3rd team to prove himself and Saban reeled him in. It’s hard to sustain winning. It’s as hard as it is getting there.

  25. alackey20 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:02 PM

    I happen to know him, so I guess that its ok to speak his name. I think you need to stfu. First of all, have you actually talked with him one on one, if not then you haven’t the right too speak on his personality. Asshole you say, this guy is far from an asshole. when was the last time you spent an entire FB season busting your ass everyday, and your grades at collage.

  26. normtide says: Jan 31, 2014 6:04 PM

    Personally, I haven’t seen any douche-ary myself. I know he has befriended a sick young girl and a young man with special needs. My point is, if I go to a restaurant and don’t like the food, I just don’t go back. I don’t start a campaign. It really doesn’t come down to team affiliation. If you made one post about AJ, I would think you don’t like him. When you stalk any article about him, I have to think it is now personal. I see you are confounded by the attacks against Winston, an alleged rapist, and regularly defended him. But when people defend AJ, who is only accused of being a douche, by a nameless poster (you), it’s bias toward one’s favorite team? Pot, meet kettle.

  27. alackey20 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:24 PM

    I cant believe some of the things said here. Why are you people so angry at AJ. I wonder how Jameis Winston got into this conversation. Because someone said English, you automatically think of him. hmmmm that’s interesting to me, I thought he spoke English. I mean really what does he have too do with AJs remarks on young players who have huge egos lol. Yes he was a bit salty his freshman year. what 5 star player isn’t. I get it now, you guys take being confident as being a prick. If that’s the case you better strap that hat on all the big boy freshmen with a 5 star rating. lmao….

  28. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 6:27 PM

    normtide ,

    This is what you’re not getting. If you met someone and they changed your whole perspective on them because when the cameras aren’t on, you witness them treating regular people a certain way, we could have a conversation about this.

    It’s why I brought up the example of Chris Ricks because the behavior is exactly who it reminded me of. I come in contact with alot of high profile people because of what my wife does, and when I see people so far and away just bad acts when the curtain’s closed, I’m going to say so, sorry if that hurts your feelings because you believe what they wrote in the “Birmingham News” in some puff piece on the subject.

    As far as Winston goes, I simply called out the flimsiness of that case, as you well know from posting on many of those same stories. You never heard me proclaiming he is a “great guy” or how he is as a person. Frankly, I don’t care. Before any information came to light or I had spoken to people who knew what was going on there in Tallahassee, point at one post where I was simply defending Winston, a young man I don’t know personally nor wish to know personally as I’m almost twice his age and in a different state in life? I was disappointed in how that played out simply because I’ve seen people get railroaded under similar sorry eve\evidence.

    As far as your pot shot at Winston’s “English,” that’s on you if you want to go there about a guy who Stanford was recruiting.

  29. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 6:31 PM

    Also, I didn’t “seek” out the story because McCarron was involved in it. There’s been quite a few posts from his radio row week, and I am pretty sure I’ve only commented on a couple. Like all stories I post on, I was interested in it and commented directly to one guy who made a statement earlier on that I felt compelled to answer, just like any other story I comment on (which there have been a few this evening). You and the other guy decided to draw it out as that would have been my only post on this story otherwise.

  30. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:46 PM

    @Normtide & alackey20:

    Please it is futile to keep entertaining some comments. This happens all the time and I called the realfan out on it the other day and he emphatically denied stalking or trolling threads on AJ.

    I agree, to post once your opinion of someone is one thing, but to habitually do it adds a whole new meaning to obsessed. I guess because AJ didn’t kiss his feet and fall in awe of him on the ONE encounter he supposedly had with him then that warrants trolling ever single thread that remotely mentions AJ and posting derogatory remarks…

  31. normtide says: Jan 31, 2014 6:49 PM

    If you remember, I also took up for Winston. Second, if you think anyone acts the same when the cameras are rolling as they do every other day, you need to get out of the fifties. And I’m sorry, but every post on here has some poster saying ” I have inside info, know this person personally”, forgive me if I universally refuse to believe it. My point is, on the record, Winston has far more public opinion baggage than AJ. Maybe AJ is a prick, but at least it stays behind closed doors. All highly recruited athletes probably suffer from the same thing. Being an FSU fan, you probably shouldn’t work so hard to call that out. Given their recruiting prowess.

    Again, my original point is : You spending so much time and effort bashing a guy with a pretty clean public record reflects more on you than him to most people. Your complaints on him probably apply to all skilled, competitive, and successful athletes. FSU’s included.

    That said, all the best to you, my friend.

  32. alackey20 says: Jan 31, 2014 6:51 PM

    Ok realFBfan, I don’t remark on any of these either. I know AJ so I read the article. I also don’t live in the state or care for how a lot of people are portrayed in the press. My remark on the FSU freshman was in reference to his age more than his speech. I haven’t really heard him talk, but I thought he spoke English. I could careless about him or even the remarks. Exception; on the freshman year, was my point in case. That almost all young players tend to be a bit entitled, put on a pedestal so to say. Sorry if I walked on anyone there.

  33. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 9:43 PM


    I troll his articles. I’m pretty sure I’ve only commented on a couple. Also, in case you didn’t know, when people comment on your comment, you tend to respond, well at least I do.

    Also, I could hardly care about anyone “kissing my feet.” My father knew Walter Payton when I was a little boy. I met Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson when I was a teenager, and like I’ve said, my wife’s job brings me in the path of high profile people, whether they be athletes or not. So I would hardly be star struck by AJ freaking McCarron. I observed him acting like a jackass to normal people, not my wife btw, and I’ll always remember that about him just like watching Chris Ricks act back in the day at FSU. That’s all. Hardly an agenda, hardly being vindictive or even posting on “all his articles” as you put it. But when that image that was so well constructed of him cracks more and more by stuff he says in public, I will certainly be sure to point out that he can’t help it because he’s a grade A asshole.

  34. realfootballfan says: Jan 31, 2014 9:53 PM

    Btw, Normtime, I understand where you’re coming from, but I’m simply relaying how he acted in my presence and as my wife says he always acts in hers.

    I’d tell you the same thing about Jevon Walker who played at FSU and in the NFL before somebody beat him with a stop sign in Vegas a few years ago. Not quite on AJ and Chris Ricks level for how he acts, but he’s a pretty hard person to be around. Peter Warrick couldn’t have been a nicer guy. Anquan Boldin, too. Since their NFL careers began, I would tell anyone as much if the conversations on any of them came up.

    This is no different and will be my opinion of McCarron unless I see otherwise he’s changed for myself. When you’re around people, you observe them and in my case, I will relay those experiences.

  35. Deb says: Feb 1, 2014 8:26 PM

    @realfootballfan …

    This thread is dead now, but if you’re still around, I get it. My work has brought me into contact with some high-profile people, and it does bug the heck out of you once you realize someone is a jackass off camera. But you’re not going to convince fans of his team who’ve never seen that side of him, so why keep slamming him on the blogs? You’re not going to change anyone’s mind.

  36. opusone2004 says: Feb 5, 2014 6:26 PM

    I have the opportunity this greedy, better than anyone spoiled brat at St Paul School in Mobile, well people don’t changed right. He still the same arrogant guy that some years before, now he thinks he walk over water. He is so special that he refused to play at the Senior Ball and his Daddy( Saban said a crummy apology for it) Be careful you may finish like Tebow and Jamarcus Rusell, BTW another one from Mobile,AL. they are begging for a job. He doesn’t have the cojones to admitted that he play horrible in the last two games with Alabama and he is whining about not getting the Heisman ( which he didn’t deserve it) and wanting college players to get in a union. Stop asking for money and tell Alabama and Saban to pay for it, they are the ones making the money. Grow up!

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