A.J. McCarron won two National Championships as the starting QB for the Crimson Tide.
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Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban was asked Wednesday about former QB A.J. McCarron’s recent comments regarding Alabama’s offense in its 23-17 loss to Ole Miss.
McCarron said Tuesday on his weekly Alabama-area radio appearance that he’s known Saban to “handcuff” his offensive coordinators and that the offense was lacking leadership. Saban didn’t agree with McCarron’s evaluations of the game.
“I don’t know how AJ would really know, but I don’t necessarily see that as the case,” Saban said during his weekly media teleconference.
Saban complimented the leadership skills of Blake Sims, the man who succeeded McCarron as Alabama’s starting QB. After McCarron was the starter for three years, Sims and Jacob Coker, a highly-regarded transfer from Florida State, competed to be Alabama’s starting QB.
“I think that leadership is something that we have several guys that have played a lot of football around here that do a good job,” Saban said Wednesday. “I think sometimes people look at the quarterback position as the guy that has to be the leader and I think sometimes when you have a new quarterback and that guy is really concerned about what he is supposed to do, maybe he doesn’t look to be perceived as the guy that’s affecting other people.
“But actually, I think Blake does a pretty job of … [Sims is] very well-liked by his teammates. He’s a very positive, high-energy guy that has shown leadership. I don’t think we played real well last week for whatever reasons, I don’t know that that’s all leadership. I’m sort of responsible for all that as coaches and players to make sure we’re ready to play our best against good teams in tough environments on the road.”