While fans might have been shocked that Alabama’s season ended with consecutive losses, former Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron was not.
“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 struggle.”
The three-time BCS National Champion said the program’s success actually changed the atmosphere of the program.
“Coach Saban I would think would tell you the same thing,” McCarron said. “It was just changing a little from what I came into in ’09, and when I left, you could tell success was the thing that brought us down.”
McCarron seemed to think the underclassmen thought if they’d show up it would be enough.
“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 believes some of the younger players thought they could live off their previous merits, instead of working even harder when they get to college.
“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.”