McCarron tweets response to critics

AJ McCarron, a fifth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals after a stellar career at Alabama that included three BCS national titles, found himself in the middle of a media firestorm about the draft, some of his own creation because of his response to critics. It has briefly dented his carefully crafted public image.

It started with ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reporting that several general managers said that there were “personality issues” with McCarron in his individual team interviews.

McCarron then responded on Saturday in an interview on SiriuxXM NFL Radio: “A lot of people don’t realize I wasn’t healthy at Alabama,” McCarron said. “I sacrificed a lot to play for coach (Nick) Saban and that university. I played through a lot of injuries, and we never leaked it because that’s just the way it is.”

His coach, Nick Saban, didn’t object but some thought he was being critical of Saint Nick and that it was sour grapes because he was the ninth quarterback drafted.

So then, the quarterback who so carefully tried to burnish his image in Tuscaloosa, let loose on Twitter:

Time will tell if McCarron has the talent to be an NFL quarterback. (Obligatory mention that Tom Brady was a sixth-round pick here).

The Bengals, thought by many to be interested in Georgia’s Aaron Murray who went to Kansas City one pick ahead of McCarron despite coming off an ACL surgery, are happy enough but not exactly praising the player as much as the process he is about to enter.

“We tell all our quarterbacks here: You may not start here, but if you come here and you grow and you prepare and you learn, you may have to play someplace else in your career — we never know how that’s going to unfold — but what we’re going to do is create an environment where our quarterbacks can be the best that they can be,” Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said.

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Wet Willie

May 13th, 2014
11:36 am

AJ…just shut up and play son. The ole water cooler was so much better than twitter.

poopdawg

May 13th, 2014
11:40 am

I remember in 2012 McCarron and his center Barrett Trotter were in a heated exchange of words on the field. All started by McCarron. The QB has got to be the coach on the field but McCarron did some blaming on the field.

AUUNO

May 13th, 2014
12:07 pm

mcccarron’s hot girlfriend will dump him after he got drafted so low—she was expecting millions in bonus cash and instead he’ll get some chump change—she’ll cash in with a hollywood boy toy

THEBuckeye

May 13th, 2014
12:16 pm

He won Championships

Others set records

Gene

May 13th, 2014
12:27 pm

If the poor guy was hurt some much at Alabama, just wait until those NFL players get ahold of him, that is, if he gets in a game.

Gman 84

May 13th, 2014
12:33 pm

He should probably stop talking/tweeting at this point and get to work. I believe the guy drafted 1 spot ahead of him had some pretty serious injuries as well and is thankfully not talking about how hard it was in college (did AJ play with a cracked sternum?). He might just have to play hurt occasionally in the NFL.

Everything from here out should be about getting the second contract.

SimpleDawg

May 13th, 2014
12:41 pm

The Legend of AJ is beginning to evolve into more myth than true legend. He played on some really good teams in a structured offense that did not require greatness from him, only consistency.

His carefully crafted image began to leak during the Johnny Football memorabilia signing saga. AJ cast several aspersions on JFF and his character, while anointing himself as a Saint. I knew then that the façade was fragile and would not stand up to pressure.

He will not be an NFL QB…..he may catch on as a project/backup for a season or two, but he’s bound for ignominy.

The Chiefs snatched the QB the Bengals wanted.

Special K

May 13th, 2014
12:46 pm

It’s Barrett Jones not Trotter. That is an au player.

PMC

May 13th, 2014
1:07 pm

This is why 95% of player comments have become useless. We should EMBRACE when people actually tell us the truth or how they actually feel about something instead of giving useless locker room quotes.

Wet Willie

May 13th, 2014
1:07 pm

The Chiefs snatched the QB the Bengals wanted.

LOL….5th round snatch…funny

AJ has 3 NC’s rings and your boy Murray has eggs on his house.

Jeez

May 13th, 2014
1:36 pm

Interesting how so few of the successful NFL QBs actually won championships of any kind while in college. Conversely, so few of the successful college QBs duplicate those feats in the NFL.

Jeez

May 13th, 2014
1:38 pm

And Twitter just plain sux.

SimpleDawg

May 13th, 2014
2:03 pm

You’re all wet, Willie.

It's All About Me

May 13th, 2014
2:27 pm

Didn’t he also no show for a pre-draft meeting with the Titans and then later claim he was ill?

GT

May 13th, 2014
2:40 pm

I thought McCarron was one of the best two quarterbacks in the conference. His passes were deadly actuate particular against Texas A&M, and his size seems more the norm for the NFL at 6’4’. I will be very surprise if he is not a starter in his career.

I am really shocked Murray went before him. They may have been trying to cut Murray off from joining teammates in Cincy, something was going on there. I not even sure Murray can make the KC team and if so he will be third string. One other thing I bet McCarron one draft position down will get paid a little more money once they get him in camp and see what he can do, compared to Murray.

corndawg

May 13th, 2014
2:44 pm

All these losers like to rat on a winner! He’s a winner and you can’t take it away from him. So bitch and wish like my dawg fans.

Virginia Tide

May 13th, 2014
2:48 pm

I am a big Bama and AJ fan and appreciated every thing he did for the school. However, it’s time for him to shut up and move on. His biggest tasks are in front of him today. The only way you can prove to yourself and others is how you now perform on a professional team. Forget the twitter talk. Good luck!

Andy

May 13th, 2014
3:20 pm

Didn’t he only won 2 national titles at Alabama…he redshirted in 2009 when they won…does he get a ring for that one?

Richard

May 13th, 2014
4:00 pm

Here’s reality:

Tom Brady, Russel Wilson, Matt Schaub, Josh McCown, whoever starts in Houston, and Nick Foles are the only QB’s in the league that are starting for teams that didn’t just draft a QB in round 1, and were themselves picked after round 2. That’s it…6.

So if you’re sitting there talking about how Aaron Murray or AJ McCarron are going to be starting NFL QB’s, just stop. More than likely, both remain backups until their rookie contracts expire at which point, both are out of the league.

Look, any college team would be very lucky to have Murray or McCarron, but there’s a massive difference between a college star and an NFL benchwarmer.

Wet Willie

May 13th, 2014
4:05 pm

Andy…yes he did. Fact is he was Bama’s backup if anything had happened to Greg McElroy in 09. Star Jackson ran the team during trash time but again AJ was next man up.

AJ has had 2 OC’s and 1 HC in Saban but none of the three have been able to stop him from throwing off his back foot over and over. His arm strength is not ELITE but good enough IF he can resolve and start using his lower body to help with his velocity. He has to shut that hole under his nose and soon.

Oh, Brother

May 13th, 2014
5:12 pm

McCarron will be gone from the NFL in a couple of years, ala David Greene. Murray may, as well.
McCarron gets cut, the girlfriend is history.

Wet Willie

May 13th, 2014
5:36 pm

Oh Brother…AJ will still have his 3 NC rings regardless! He will return to the U of A year after year to walk out with the NC’s from 09,11,and 12. I guess Murray will walk out with the Dream Team,Ring Team,Missing Man Team, Five Yard Short Team, and the Betty Crocker Brownie Team.

Hate on Man.

ted

May 13th, 2014
6:25 pm

I am a diehard Dawg, definitely no Bama homer. But these NFL idiots look for size, arm strength, etc and at what point are they going to pull their ego enlarged heads out of their butts and look at intelligence, game management, etc. I.E. Drew Brees, Russell Wilson. The average NFL fan has as much knowledge as these grossly overpaid morons. They whiff on the majority of their selections. I missed that much on my job, its unemployment time!!!!!!!

snagglepuss

May 13th, 2014
6:58 pm

@GT(2:40 post)

I recall that AJ played in the same conference that Murray did. How many S E C records does AJ have??????????????????

Oh, Brother

May 13th, 2014
7:46 pm

Willie, I’m not hating, bro. I just don’t think AJ or Murray will be in I the NFL very long. Ala David Greene, John Parker Wilson, etc..

Class of '98

May 13th, 2014
8:52 pm

Twitter wasn’t around in 2000, but something tells me Tom Brady would not have tweeted “#historyinthemaking” as he continued to fall in the draft.

AJ needs to grow up a bit.

ElemennoP

May 13th, 2014
8:56 pm

THEBuckeye
May 13th, 2014
12:16 pm

And others got free tattoos……..

Spin Doctor

May 13th, 2014
9:07 pm

I’m becoming a Wet Willie fan.

Spin Doctor

May 13th, 2014
9:09 pm

AJ may last a few years, maybe even be a star. AM will get practice squad and gas money for a year or two.

BamaDon

May 13th, 2014
9:42 pm

AJ needs to SHUT UP and get his butt ready for rookie
camp and his wedding this summer!! RTR

OriginalATLien

May 14th, 2014
2:39 am

….and to think, he’ll be a second fiddle AJ on his team because he’ll never be greater than AJ Green

Insider

May 14th, 2014
6:58 am

Recent Bama quarterbacks have all been clipboard holders for a few years and then cut!!

Bazooka Joe

May 14th, 2014
7:41 am

There is a simple way to determine who the better QB is/was…… first, imagine the UGA teams during the Aaron years with AJ instead of Aaron…. ho hum. Now, imagine Bama during the AJ years with Aaron instead of AJ….scary.

BIG MIKE

May 14th, 2014
7:43 am

@Richard

What about Johnny Unitas big boy…..9th round to Pittsburgh later released and signed with Baltimore at a tryout. And then there’s Fran Tarkenton 3rd round NFL and 5th round AFL. You better look back a little further and a little harder if you want to present an accurate picture of the relevance of draft position. In the majority of cases, it doesn’t mean a dam thing.

BIG MIKE

May 14th, 2014
8:07 am

Oh and I forgot one…..Bart Starr………..17th round

BG

May 14th, 2014
8:10 am

Bama hiding things. Who knew?

Dman

May 14th, 2014
8:13 am

You guys that say Murray was better than AJ are nuts. In big games, AJ played his best and Murray stumbled. That alone makes AJ better. As for all of the records, AJ played in a more run offense than Murray. If he were allowed to throw more, he would have had SEC records too. Murray is competing for the 3rd string job on the Chiefs and AJ is competing for the backup position and is one injury away from starting.

BIG MIKE

May 14th, 2014
8:17 am

BTW, In the 1956 Draft in which Bart Starr was selected in the 17th round…The #1 and #2 overall picks were QB’s. Gary Glick and Earl Morrall, respectively. Morrall would eventually back up Johnny Unitas (9th round pick) and lead the Dolphins to Super Bowl when Bob Griese was injured.

BIG MIKE

May 14th, 2014
8:19 am

@Dman

Good point Murray made throws because he had to. AJ did when he wanted to.

SimpleDawg

May 14th, 2014
8:23 am

Murray will make the Chiefs team, and he will be the backup to Alex Smith for a couple of years before taking over. The other QBs on their roster are Chase McDaniels ( munchkin ) and Tyler Bray ( idiot )…..Murray is a big improvement over both.

The Bengals need competition for Dalton…..maybe AJ can push him, but I doubt he starts unless Dalton gets injured. Don’t know who the current backup is.

And Willie…..who’s the hater? We’re just pointing out individual merits…..not who played on the better team.