QB says leadership was issue in ’10, won’t be this fall

This is the story from today’s newspaper. It explains some of the issues behind the 3-loss 2010 season. Read away …

TUSCALOOSA — AJ McCarron stopped short of a “never again” moment, but he came close to talking about the letdown following Alabama’s last national championship.

The quarterback was a redshirt freshman in 2010 when the Crimson Tide followed its unbeaten 2009 title run with a 10-3 record. Missed opportunities haunted that group.

“I think it fell back on the leaders back then,” McCarron said. “Coach will tell you. We didn’t have a lot of leadership.”

Coach Nick Saban occasionally questioned the attitude and entitled approach the 2010 team occasionally took into competition. Losses at South Carolina and LSU took the preseason No. 1 team out of title contention and a blown 24-point lead against Auburn set records.

Those in leadership roles now were then being led. McCarron took mental notes and promises there won’t be a repeat.

Talent didn’t have anything to do with it.

“We had a lot of great players coming back, but I think the team felt like everybody went their own personal way — tried to look out for their self following the ’09 season and tried to do whatever they could to help their draft status personally,” McCarron said.

“What a lot of guys lose, when they’re going through that process, they forget (when) the team wins, a lot more guys get drafted. You get drafted off the success of the team, not just personal success.”

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