AJ McCarron has plenty to say about Alabama now that he’s no longer with the program.
McCarron, who was a part of three national championship teams and is now a rookie QB with the Cincinnati Bengals, had a few suggestions for Nick Saban’s team on a radio show on Tide 99.1-FM in Tuscaloosa, as reported by AL.com.
We all know Nick Saban’s team is coming off its first loss of the season, a 23-17 loss at Ole Miss.
Here are what McCarron suggests to help Alabama from here on out.
Distribute the ball more evenly
“I don’t know if that’s Lane (Kiffin’s) 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.”
Get the ball to WR Christion Jones
“He was a huge playmaker when I was there. I looked for him all the time. If I saw anyone one-on-one with Christion, I’m going to him. He’s an excellent route runner. He’s got good hands. I think right now, just this last game, I didn’t see a whole lot of balance and spreading the ball around the field. I think they were keying on Coop a little too much and that hurt them.”
Find leadership in general
“I think one of the things that this team is lacking that hurts them the most is not having the true leaders like we had last year and guys that, when things go bad, ‘hey, let’s calm everybody down, pick it back up and go back to work and get back on the right track.’ I feel like when things go bad, this team struggles a little with bouncing back and making good plays.”
Find offensive leadership
“But they have to find that leader on offense, I don’t know if that’s Austin Shepherd or, with Ryan (Kelly) being out, somebody needs to establish that. Blake (Sims) needs to step up and do it. It’s going to be a tough road.”