Former Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron’s NFL Draft week was a rough one. The national championship-winning quarterback was selected much later than he had anticipated, and revealed that he had played injured at Alabama, which brought on some criticism from those who believed it sounded like an excuse. One of those critics is none other than another former tide signal caller, Greg McElroy.
McElroy, who is joining the SEC Network as an analyst, spoke with 247Sports, and McCarron was a major topic of conversation. He believes that McCarron made a mistake when he predicted that he would be a first round pick, but thinks that he should be able to move past the events of a few weeks ago.
Well, the little bit that I’ve been following, it seems like with him, I feel like, when he said between 16 and 32, that obviously rubbed some people the wrong way. I feel like he needs to stop making excuses to a certain extent. I think AJ, he’s going to go to a place, a good situation, a really good organization, and all those things will be water under the bridge and he’ll be able to prove himself worthy of wherever it is he was picked by his play.
McElroy played his final NFL season with McCarron’s new team, the Cincinnati Bengals, and does believe that the franchise is a good landing spot for his fellow Alabama alumnus.
It’s a great situation. Obviously, coach Zampese, Ken Zampese, the quarterback coach up there, I think a lot of. And (offensive coordinator Hue Jackson), he’s really a good coach, I think he’s going to do a tremendous job with the offense… I think it’s a really good landing spot for him. He’ll have a chance to compete and to help (quarterback) Andy (Dalton) out as much as he can.
McCarron is likely relieved to put this all behind him and get back to playing football, and McElroy makes a good point, Cincinnati is a solid spot for a young QB.