AJ McCarron on 2013 Alabama: Success and entitlement were killers

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AJ McCarron knows a thing or two about success, but he also knows that several of Alabama’s young players woke up on third base without ever knowing how they got to first or second.

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McCarron is making his Super Bowl rounds ahead of this spring’s NFL Draft, and he talked to Jim Rome yesterday about what went wrong during the 2013 season for Alabama, Everyone may have been surprised the Tide lost consecutive games to end the season, but McCarron was not, via JimRome.com.

“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 The Jim Rome Show. “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.

“We had a lot of young guys,” said McCarron. “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.

“I think that’s one of the things that is wrong with recruiting out of high school,” said McCarron. “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 right off the bat, they get a little ticked off and they don’t want to work.”

McCarron’s expressions reiterate just how hard it is to stay on top. Getting to the top is much easier than actually staying on top for any meaningful amount of time. It’s a great problem to have.

McCarron exits Alabama as the Tide’s most decorated quarterback in history, winning back-to-back national championships and finishing with a 36-4 career record.

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  • Much respect to A.J. Couldn’t agree more with what he said about recruiting

  • Maybe it was the fact that the QB for Alabama didn’t have the arm strength to keep up with Amari Cooper’s speed.

    • Daniel Taylor, as much success as AJ McCarron had, you just have to pick one area to slight him? He and Cooper connected a number of times. No QB is perfect, and I think you’re just looking for something to criticize him about.

      • I picked the one area (his arm) that he is weak. Coincedentally, that one area (his arm) is the main part of the body that his position uses. So he has a weak arm = weak qb.

        • Ahem.. 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. 2013 Maxwell Award. Oh wait, you’re a Mighty Miss St fan. You might want to google those awards and see what they’re given for.

        • Uhh. Are we really talking about AP awards. those things are so biased.

    • How can you blame him though? Those rings get heavy.

    • Daniel, I agree. AJ talks a good talk, but getting down to brass tacks, his receivers made him look better than what he actually was. He is no duel threat QB, the better than avg running game bama had covered for AJ weak running ability. The truth be known. LET THE FLAMING BEING. Hallelujah.

      • AJ McCarron and dual threat QB have never even been in the same sentence. He is a pocket passer, moron. He has weak running ability because he’s a passing QB. He had 10 “rushes” in the whole 2013 season and I bet 100% of that whopping 10 were busted plays. I seriously can’t tell if you know absolutely nothing about football or are just trolling.

  • Thanks, AJ, all college football fans need to understand this.

  • Really Mississippi State is chiming in???

    • Well AJ did’nt win this year but he was and is a man of class.Maybe next year will be better for Bama but for me I must say…GooooooooooooooooHoggggggggsss!!

  • Very true. Alabama’s so used to winning and dominating their opponents that when a really good team rolls around and a game is close, they don’t know what to do. Not saying they don’t know how to win in those situations because they do, but some teams (Oklahoma) give them a whole lot more trouble than they expect. I’m anticipating a couple loses from Bama this year. After all, what goes up must come down (eventually).