AJ McCarron made his name at Alabama as the quarterback that led the Crimson Tide to two BCS National Championships.
Now in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals, McCarron quarterbacked under head coach Nick Saban - arguably the best coach in college football - who has cemented Alabama as a dynasty that is always a Top 10 team nationally.
No AJ No More
In Bama's first campaign without McCarron under center they have still been pretty good. Senior Blake Sims has taken over the offense and thanks primarily to the efforts of star wide receiver Amari Cooper, who looks a lock for the Biletnikoff Award.
The Crimson Tide however did lose to Ole Miss last weekend and find themselves ranked 7th in the nation, not up with a lot of lofty expectations their fans have. And McCarron has come out and laid the blame at the feet of Coach Saban for handcuffing 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.
It's certainly a bold statement to make and an odd one considering just how much Alabama and Nick Saban did for McCarron. Well NFL legend and former Georgia quarterback Fran Tarkenton wasn't too pleased with those comments and promptly hit back at AJ live on the radio.
Wrath of Fran
“Oh gosh, it’s AJ McCarron,” the 74-year old Tarkenton said on air. “Did he go to class? Did he make the league or not? He needs to be quiet. He was so fortunate to play in that program. He’s an average quarterback at best. He played fine, but he couldn’t have played anywhere else but Alabama.
“To make a comment like that is just disrespectful. He should keep his mouth shut and praise Saban and Alabama for the rest of his life.”
AJ McCarron just got served by a 74-year old. If that isn't enough of a hint for you to keep your mouth shut then i don't know what is.