AJ McCarron says younger Alabama players didn’t buy into system

Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) celebrates a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview with Jim Rome on Thursday, former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron had some honest criticism for his 2013 Tide teammates.

While not naming any names, McCarron said Alabama’s recent success warped younger players’ perceptions about the sacrifice and effort required to win a national title:

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. 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 (CBS Sports).

McCarron also touched on younger players feeling entitled due to their five-star rankings, saying too many guys joined the program and expected playing time immediately.

The ex-Alabama quarterback is currently preparing for the NFL Draft.

[Source: CBS Sports]

Topics: AJ McCarron, Alabama Crimson Tide

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