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Nussmeier-to-Kiffin transition at ‘Bama ‘surprised’ McCarron

Alabama's Jones celebrates after teammate McCarron rushed for a touchdown against LSU during NCAA football game in Baton Rouge Reuters

Former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron joined the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to discuss a wide array of topics — see his full interview in the video below — but said he was a little caught off guard with how quickly the Tide went from Doug Nussmeier to Lane Kiffin at offensive coordinator.

“It kind of surprised me how the whole thing happened with coach Nuss leaving real fast, (Kiffin) coming in real fast,” McCarron said. “I know he’s a great recruiter, I know he’ll help coach Saban out, especially on the west coast when it comes down to that. I know he’s a good offensive-minded coach. Hopefully he’ll do a good job.”

McCarron also offered some insight into how Alabama viewed the no-huddle, at least outside of Saban’s public disdain for it.

“We practiced the no-huddle, then when we got to the game it was like coach didn’t want us to do no-huddle,” McCarron said. “Sometimes I was a little lost and didn’t get everything, but coach Saban’s the best in the business for a reason so I just trusted in him.”

There’s more good stuff in McCarron’s interview with Patrick, like why he didn’t participate in any post-season showcase bowls and his relationship with Saban:

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20 Responses to “Nussmeier-to-Kiffin transition at ‘Bama ‘surprised’ McCarron”
  1. woebegong says: Jan 30, 2014 2:57 PM

    He is a sharp young man that Bama is going to miss. He was a general out on the field for Saban.
    I think he goes 3rd or 4th round, and I think he can make it in the NFL with the right team bringing him along. He is in the same boat as UGA’s Murray is in. Both are great leaders but not possessed of super athletic skills in any one area. Both can run an offense, but neither will be a super star in the NFL. A lot will probably depend on who picks them as to how well they develop as Professionals. Wish them both all the luck in the world.

  2. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 30, 2014 3:00 PM

    I don’t think Kiffin is going to open any doors to the west coast recruiting that Saban couldn’t have opened himself. In fact it might go the other way. Kiffin was toxic to USC in recruiting west coast kids this year. He already cost them Ricky Town.

    I am not a Kiffin hater but I really don’t understand this hire. The USC offense only started to excel after he left, his play calling was horrible. Alabama is the premier program right now and they could have done a lot better.

  3. mgmac says: Jan 30, 2014 3:05 PM

    This clown McCarron is yapping his jaw more than Manziel, who would have thought?

  4. stoicpaisano says: Jan 30, 2014 3:11 PM

    At what point do these litany of articles about a future 4th rounder get moved over to PFT?

    Signing Day can’t come soon enough.

  5. woebegong says: Jan 30, 2014 3:12 PM

    When you win 2 BCS titles, you have earned the right to yap all you want. The kids got a good personality and deserves his time in the limelight.

  6. rolltide510 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:50 PM

    AJ should talk less leading up to the draft IMO. Interviews, twitter, everything.

  7. afrancis55 says: Jan 30, 2014 4:38 PM

    Who keeps letting McCarron take part in these interviews? This is the third article in as many days on CFT about McCaron and his opinion on whatever topic.

  8. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jan 30, 2014 5:24 PM

    Wow, my computer must be different than some people on this site, because with mine if there’s an article that doesn’t interest me, I simply don’t click on it.

    Apparently some others have no choice and they’re forced to read AJ McCarron articles.

  9. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 30, 2014 5:53 PM

    DP ended the interview with “have fun in Cleveland” as a Browns fan all I can say is God I hope not…. Not like any of the QB’s in this draft class are all that great, wish they’d wait till the 2015 draft to go for a QB but its the Browns, they’re gonna blow that #4 pick on mediocre talent. I just hope its not McCarron

  10. normtide says: Jan 30, 2014 6:09 PM

    Youcant made a great point. Free will is an awesome gift, use it. The fact is, he has more title rings than most programs do all time. You don’t book yourself to these interviews, they call you.

  11. dhardy8207 says: Jan 30, 2014 6:36 PM

    normtide says;

    “The fact is, he has more title rings than most programs do all time.”


    And thats exactly why the hateraid keeps flowing everytime some see his name…

  12. harbourimages says: Jan 31, 2014 9:29 AM

    Personally I’m more interested in that hot girlfriend of his than AJ. Just sayin’….

  13. jarzmel says: Jan 31, 2014 9:57 AM

    Why do you all say HE has x amount of rings etc. etc. ?
    Didn’t HE play on a TEAM that won them ?

    Or did HE win everything on his own as you all make it sound ?

    I’ll bet the farm that if you took the other 10 guys off the field he wouldn’t look as good as you all make him look.

  14. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 11:28 AM

    jarzmel says;

    “Why do you all say HE has x amount of rings etc. etc. ?
    Didn’t HE play on a TEAM that won them ?”


    what a weak attempt to take away this young man’s accomplishments. Really?? No one said he won them by himself, that type of comment can only be justified by a simple mind…

    But you are aware that the QB position is known as the “leadership position” of the team. Pay close attention to the experts on college and professional football, they ALWAYS judge the QB’s efforts first. Every throw/handoff that is attempted and not completed, yep the QB is scrutinized first and then the receivers/running backs.

    McCarron specifically has been labeled a “game manager”. Manager = leadership. He has given the TEAM credit when they’ve won and he has taken the blame for not playing to his capabilities in the 5 losses he had during his career at BAMA. Really its not so hard to follow if you actually know how the game works.

  15. jarzmel says: Jan 31, 2014 11:45 AM

    Dhardy you couldn’t be more wrong. I personally think AJ is a quality QB and seems to be very humble. I’ve always liked his play. I’m just stating the fact that most people seem to give the credit to one person and not the TEAM.
    For you to assume that I know nothing about how “the game works” is just ignorance on your side. Where did I state that he never gave credit to the team as you seem to think ? And thank you for the “simple mind” dig. Nice job.

  16. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:14 PM


    Your entire post was directed at him not being good enough to earn the accolates/attention that he has received. No one on here took away the from the fact that football is a team sport. However, you did focus merely on that in a manner that he doesn’t deserve any special recognition for LEADING his team. All QBs, Jameis Winston, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, they have all received recognition for leadership and yet McCarron is the only one you seem to point out “had a team to assist him”.
    Case in point this statement you made:

    “I’ll bet the farm that if you took the other 10 guys off the field he wouldn’t look as good as you all make him look.”

    Do you think Winston with all his massive publicity and personal accomplishments could have done so without his “team mates”? Of course not.

    Again, anyone who understands how “the game works” is not foolish (simple minded) enough to think that one man wins a football game alone.

  17. dhardy8207 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:34 PM


    Let me say I don’t think you are “simple minded” but that moreso directed at the point of your original comment. If you truly appreciate his accomplishments as stated in your response back to me then why try to directly discredit them?

  18. djbillyd says: Feb 1, 2014 8:01 PM

    So, everybody but AJ was the problem at the end of the season…

    OK, I get it now. AJ couldn’t leave soon enough…

  19. Deb says: Feb 1, 2014 8:10 PM

    Rats! I keep missing all the fun. Who knew we’d have so many Bama articles in the off season?

    I agree with 4512dawg4512 in hoping AJ doesn’t end up in Cleveland, either … for his sake.

  20. jarzmel says: Feb 1, 2014 9:41 PM

    dhardy all I am trying to say is this….IT IS A TEAM that wins not just a QB or WR etc .etc. Sorry if you cant understand that.

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