AJ McCarron on Alabama in 2013: 'Success was our killer'
Former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron told Jim Rome that too much success ended up hurting the Crimson Tide in 2013.
McCarron spent five years in Tuscaloosa, starting at quarterback for the final three. But after leading the team to back-to-back BCS titles in 2011 and 2012, the redshirt senior quarterback finished his career with a last-second loss at Auburn in the Iron Bowl and an embarrassing loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.
While speaking to Jim Rome on CBS Sports Radio, McCarron said that the losses were not a surprise; suggesting that some of the younger players didn't "buy in" to the Tide's mission. (You can stream the entire interview HERE on 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 to struggle."
As a player that had been in the program since 2009, the year of Saban's first BCS title at Alabama, McCarron said he was able to see the success have a negative impact -- particularly on the younger players.
"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."
McCarron told Rome it wasn't complacency that derailed the Tide's title run, but the "entitlement" that comes with a five-star recruiting rating.
“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 off the bat, they get a little ticked off and they don’t want to work.”
In case you haven't heard, Alabama is pretty good at getting those five-star types. In fact, they have six committed (including two early enrollees) in the Class of 2014.
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