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Fran Tarkenton Goes Old School On AJ McCarron

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…

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.

Ouch …

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.”

Wow …

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.

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11 comments

shifty henry October 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

“AJ loves the team, coaches and players whole heartedly” — he has ALL of that tattooed on his chest?

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Tazmaniac October 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Lol! Plus SHE went to Auburn, so I’m not sure where the WE support UA comes from? Remember the movie “Next of Kin”? I see a bus filled with people like that on the way to Cincy right now.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein October 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

“AJ loves the team, coaches and players whole heartedly” — he has ALL of that tattooed on his chest?

Maybe not.

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Girl #1 : “…and to top things off, he even has “Little” tattooed on it. Ha! What a loser!”

Girl #2 (Wistfully) “Obviously you didn’t play with it. When it gets hard it reads: ‘Little Rock Arkansas Community College Athletic Association Charter Member 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998,…‘.”

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Tazmaniac October 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

” He couldn’t have played anywhere else but Alabama and to make any kind of comment is just disrespectful.”

No understatement there. That kid had so much lineman beef protecting him that I think he had time to work on his term papers after the snap. This years team doesn’t seem capable of that protection level, maybe they have those guys on the Michelle Obama diet plan?

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Same ol' Same ol' October 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Good lord, she’s hot…

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Fran's still kicking ass October 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I used to love watching Tarkenton play as a kid. He didn’t have exactly a great arm, but he sure got the most out of what he had. His scrambling ability at that time was amazing, it was fun to watch him play.

Not only that, I seem to recall that he’s a successful businessman too aside from the “That’s incredible” program he used to co-host.

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RHood2 October 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Why does a UGA graduate care what an Alabama graduate has to say about the Tide program?

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E Norma Scok October 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Well, from what I’m seeing, McCarron still wins.

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idcydm October 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm

What does AJ stand for, Assjack maybe?

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Tomocchio October 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Iz gots the diarrheas. Any suggestions?

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Anon October 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

Fran’s real good at winning Super Bowls.

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