NFL GREAT GOES OFF ON FORMER ALABAMA QUARTERBACK
By FITSNEWS || The University of Alabama is all in a tizzy this week following the Crimson Tide’s 23-17 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels – the first time an Ole Miss team had ever beaten a top-ranked opponent.
Weighing in on the Tide’s troubles? Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron – the team’s starting quarterback from 2011-13 who has three national championship rings (including two as a starter) and who finished behind Florida State’s Jameis Winston in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting.
McCarron – now a rookie with the Cincinnati Bengals after being selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft – went on a Tuscaloosa, Alabama radio station recently and blasted Alabama’s play-calling (suggesting head coach Nick Saban may have been “putting the handcuffs” on new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin).
“I don’t know if that’s Lane doing that or if coach Saban is kind of putting the handcuffs on Lane like I’ve known Coach to do in the past on his offensive coordinator and we’re going to be very bland and run this play and do this and we’ll throw it on third down if we have to,” McCarron told Tide 99.1.
McCarron added that Alabama needed “true leaders” on offense – and criticized his successor Blake Sims for throwing too many passes to All-American wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Saban responded to his former quarterback with understated analytics.
Who didn’t? Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton – a nine-time Pro Bowler who threw for more than 47,000 yards and 342 touchdowns during a lengthy career in the 1960s and 1970s.
“AJ McCarron, he needs to be quiet,” Tarkenton said. “He was so fortunate to play in that program. He’s an average quarterback at best. He couldn’t have played anywhere else but Alabama and to make any kind of comment is just disrespectful. He shouldn’t have made it and he should keep his mouth shut and praise Saban and Alabama for the rest of his life.”
That is old school, people … not to mention exactly what everyone who read McCarron’s comments was probably thinking.
Oh well, at least McCarron’s damage control efforts (via his wife Katherine Webb) are enjoyable.