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07:25 AM ET 08.06 | The blessing and the curse of being AJ McCarron has something to do with playing on college football's best team every time he's taken the field -- so how does he stack up as an NFL prospect? While he has good arm strength, he doesn't throw a consistently tight ball. This is one area where he will need to improve. ... Overall, there is not much not to like about McCarron. While he doesn't have the big arm that people love to see, he has everything else. He is a leader, a top decision maker and most important a leader. I have no doubt that because of the training he has gotten at Alabama, what we see now will carry over to the next level. It wouldn't surprise me to see him as a starter his rookie year. I wouldn't hesitate to draft him in the first round because I know he will make my team better.

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August 6, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Jeez, who write this piece of fluff, UA Sports Information? AJ's an excellent CFB game manager. Not sure about starting NFL QB his rookie year.

August 6, 2013  08:53 AM ET

IMHO this kid could be real good if they'd turn him loose a little more. I'm not sure he's been allowed to show his real stuff.

But, I've been wrong before since I thought Philip Rivers was going to be a great NFL QB.

August 6, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Only the uninformed call him a game manager at this point.

August 6, 2013  09:10 AM ET

For all that it is worth. It all depends on what team drafts him. A drop back Pro style QB such as AJ needs a solid line and some talent at the skill positions, whereas a duel threat QB can compensate some for a lack of talent at other positions but they put their careers in jeopardy more often.

August 6, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Only the uninformed call him a game manager at this point.

"While he doesn't have the big arm that people love to see, he has everything else. He is a leader, a top decision maker and most important a leader."

This is the definition of game manager

If you don't have the big arm, run a 4.5, or throw for 75%, you are a game manager.
When they use 3 ways to describe he is a leader as "everything else" = game manager

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August 6, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Ha! They're at it again. Sonny D yk es.

August 6, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"While he doesn't have the big arm that people love to see ...

Got to make those "NFL throws" with velocity in order to start on Sundays:
Deep out
Deep sideline
Corner end zone

NFL DBs make it tough on those out patterns if you don't have velocity.

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August 6, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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Pretty much. But only the uninformed would see this as anything other than game manager.They even emphasized it by calling him a leader twice."He is a leader, a top decision maker and most important a leader."Quality writing right there.

But you have to admit the other aspects of his game, besides arm strength, are really good. Decision making is really good, good touch on the ball, etc.

If his OC keeps his game between the hash marks he'll do fine IMO. It worked for Kitna. Not working for Sanchez LOL! McCarron > Sanchez.

August 6, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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not working for Sanchez LOL! McCarron > Sanchez.

One of the funniest signs I've seen at a Cowboy's game:

Q - How do you pronounce "Tony Romo in Spanish?
A - "Mark Sanchez"

August 6, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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But you have to admit the other aspects of his game, besides arm strength, are really good. Decision making is really good, good touch on the ball, etc.If his OC keeps his game between the hash marks he'll do fine IMO. It worked for Kitna. Not working for Sanchez LOL! McCarron > Sanchez.

how much of these aspects are made to look better than they really are when you add in the talent that surrounds him and the schedule they play? If he has all day to throw because the O line is better, if the WRs can outrun/outjump the DB's to get to balls, if they start drives at the 30, 40, etc, it seems reasonable to expect the stats to be very good. But stats don't tell the whole story.

August 6, 2013  09:52 AM ET

This is what I wrote at No. 6: Sonny (No-Name) called (McCarron) a game-manager and he's a pretty good coach. As for the article and its merits, let's just let this sentence sum it up: "He is a leader, a top decision maker and most important a leader." Apparently McCarron's a leader. (Man, illiteracy's a bit-[mu]ch.)

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August 6, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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how much of these aspects are made to look better than they really are when you add in the talent that surrounds him and the schedule they play? If he has all day to throw because the O line is better, if the WRs can outrun/outjump the DB's to get to balls, if they start drives at the 30, 40, etc, it seems reasonable to expect the stats to be very good. But stats don't tell the whole story.

I've said the same thing TZ. But, I've been informed by the Bama faithful that Saban could win with equal talent or without having superior talent at every position...just like he did in the NFL.

But, I will agree with them on one thing. Saban can recruit the top talent better than anyone else.

August 6, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Without a doubt. will get drafted. Nothing wrong with being a game manager. Its not an insult by any means. You forgot everyones favorite Dilfer.

Dilfer's SB year was kind of flukey and team's success was based on D. SB caliber QBs really aren't just game-managers unless you call someone like Rodgers a game manager.

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August 6, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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Not really a reference to his SB year but rather who he was as a QB. Game Manager that played for 13 years in the NFL. AJ is in a similar mold. Might have a similar career or could be a career backup.

McCarron is smart enough to bank whatever money he makes and be set for life ... unlike the receivers he'll be throwing to.

 
August 6, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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"While he doesn't have the big arm that people love to see, he has everything else. He is a leader, a top decision maker and most important a leader."This is the definition of game managerIf you don't have the big arm, run a 4.5, or throw for 75%, you are a game manager.When they use 3 ways to describe he is a leader as "everything else" = game manager

In your opinion. I haven't heard any scouts recently refer to him as a game manager.

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