A.J. McCarron sees himself and Andy Dalton as two future stars

AP

At the moment, A.J. McCarron is stuck behind Andy Dalton on the quarterback depth chart in Cincinnati. But McCarron doesn’t see himself as a backup for long

McCarron told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he is OK with being behind Dalton on the depth chart for now, but he thinks he and Dalton will both be stars in the future.

“If you’re not going to dream big, then why dream?” he said. “I want to compete. Andy’s our starter, I know that. I love Andy to death. Andy’s always been there for me. He’s been like a big brother to me. But I’m going to compete and try to push him the best I can and have his back — always. He’s our starter, I know that, but I want to make him better in every way that I can. Like I told him, hopefully one day me and him can be retired and look back on it and we’re both 100 million-dollar guys. That’s my dream. And I’ll always be that way. So that’s what I want to do.”

McCarron won two national championships as the starting quarterback at Alabama, but he spent his rookie season on the sideline after the Bengals drafted him in the fifth round last year. He’s got a long way to go before he’s a $100 million guy. But it’s good to dream big.

68 responses to “A.J. McCarron sees himself and Andy Dalton as two future stars

  1. The NFL already learned about college QBs with future NFL stars around them (Leinart). I’d be surprised if McCarron became a starter in this league.

  2. McCarron needs to aim higher than a perennial loser like Andy Dalton, maybe he has some cahunnies, unlike Dalton.

  3. Not a Bengals fan, but this is awesome. This is exactly what you want out of your young backup. He knows where he stands in the organization, but still has the fire to be a starter. And he said it in a classy way that takes nothing away from either.

    Well done sir.

  4. Isn’t Dalton already a pro bowler?
    He’s taken that team to the playoffs the past couple of years, will he ever be a Brady/Rodgers, nah… but at least he isn’t a Brandon Weeden or C-Ponder.

  5. lol… future stars…I suppose anything is possible. The dulfans just gave 100 million to tranny phyl.
    He even Jay Cutler is considered “good”.

    lol…future stars

  6. After Tannehill got 96M for showing flashes, its not that far fetched..

    Anyway, this Bengals roster on paper is DEEP but time will tell if McCarron gets a shot.

  7. McCarron may have Dalton’s back but Dalton better watch his back. Another one and done in the playoffs and McCarron will be the starter.

  8. Well, even if he doesn’t become a star he’s still got that wife to go home to so I won’t feel bad for him if his NFL career turns out to be a couple years of clipboard holding.

  9. I don’t know about McCarron, but I’ve watched enough of Andy Dalton to know he will never be a “star”.

    Dalton is what he is — a serviceable QB who will not be the reason his team ever wins a SB, if they do.

  10. In one sentence…. we can see that McCarron is NOT going be a star…

    because by stating that he thinks that He and Dalton could be stars, pretty much assures me that McCarron has never watched Dalton play…

    and that doesn’t bode well for McCarron.

  11. I like that he wants to be a “100 million dollar guy” rather than a Hall of Fame, championship guy. I know both seem to go hand in hand, but here are some $100 million dollar QBs that aren’t Hall of Famers or Champions:
    M Vick – 2X
    J Cutler
    D McNabb
    D Culpepper
    C Palmer
    C Kaepernick
    T Romo
    M Ryan
    A Dalton ($96 mil)

  12. Starting QB’s in the NFL have a tendency to get injured eventually. McCarron will get his shot, if he is patient, and we will see if he has what it takes.

  13. That wife of his will upgrade in due time if he doesn’t at least stay on a roster. She didn’t go to college to get her MRS degree for nothing.

  14. Maybe you can become the first Bama QB besides Joe Willie to be a starter…you ain’t in the SEC any more…

  15. what an idiot. glad he isn’t on my team. probably gets cut with that attitude.

    so when is cinc gonna win a playoff gm anyway ?

  16. Hue Jackson loves T.Pryor, if I were AJ McCarron, I would be more focused on the footsteps behind me than thinking about being a $100M dollar QB.

  17. C’mon, Brothers! Why are you laughing at this man’s dream?

    Who knows whether a quarterback talent like McCarron could flourish under the guidance of the right coach and supported by the right schemes.

    Look around you at the place where you work–aren’t there people who show up everyday and just “phone it in”? It’s the same for coaching staffs except the media only pick on the players.

    The league needs to help develop the next batch of good/great QBs to keep NFL football interesting.

    AJ has the right attitude and potential. Cheer him on.

  18. Hahahaha. All of you guys don’t get it…..AJ can say what ever he wants and all of u dude will trash talk him forever. AJ was the QB for 2 time National Champion Alabama, he is in the NFL(starter or not he made it!) and lastly, he has a fine ass girlfriend so let’s be real here fellas. Give him props bcz you know u would trade places w him in a NY minute. AJ maybe talking about his career dreams but he is living the dreams of many dudes. Stop hating!

  19. Hahahaha. All of you guys don’t get it…..AJ can say what ever he wants and all of u dude will trash talk him forever. AJ was the QB for 2 time National Champion Alabama, he is in the NFL(starter or not he made it!) and lastly, he has a fine ass wife so let’s be real here fellas. Give him props bcz you know u would trade places w him in a NY minute. AJ maybe talking about his career dreams but he is living the dreams of many dudes. Stop hating!

  20. I like that he wants to be a “100 million dollar guy” rather than a Hall of Fame, championship guy. I know both seem to go hand in hand, but here are some $100 million dollar QBs that aren’t Hall of Famers or Champions
    =====================

    There are two realities in professional sports. There is the one subscribed to by fans and to a lesser extent journalists, which says that players should care only about the glory- the championships and the Hall of Fame. That a player should gladly, if not gratefully, hand money back to teams so that those teams can sign more players. That a player should give a “home town discount” to the team that drafted them regardless of whether or not it is their home town or if they even live there in the offseason. That it shouldn’t matter to them whether or not they are maximizing their income potential- it’s all about the team.

    Then there is the reality that professional athletes subscribe to. They all want to win championships and get in the Hall of Fame. They also have this notion that everyone else in every over profession in the world has- that they have a right to maximize their earning potential, that they deserve to make as much as everyone whom they are as good as, and more than those they are better than. They understand that they are looking at an average of 50 years of retirement, and that they will most likely never find a job that will pay them a fraction of what they are capable of making right now.

    100 million is apparently the mark today that tells QBs they have reached the peak of their profession as athletes. Championships are great, but they know it takes a team to win one, regardless of how good they are. They know in their minds that they are better QBs than Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer, Mark Rypien, and Jeff Hostetler, Super Bowl winners all. Would is surprise you to learn that every QB on your list considers their career a success?

    All McCarron is saying is that he believes they both capable of entering the upper echelon of modern QBs, not that winning isn’t important to them.

  21. There are worse places to be to try to make a dream come true. Howdy Doody Dalton is another Carson Palmer or Mark Sanchez. Just not quite good enough, even though he has all the weapons any QB could ask for. Unfortunately for McCarron, the same ill wind that will blow Dalton out of the league will probably take him with it as well. A new broom sweeps clean. Nice to dream, though. Especially when you are being paid handsomely and don’t have to get clobbered by AFC North pass rushers.

  22. jimr10 says:
    May 24, 2015 8:57 AM

    Maybe you can become the first Bama QB besides Joe Willie to be a starter…you ain’t in the SEC any more…
    —————–
    Kenny Stabler says what?

  23. Great attitude by a guy who had always been a winner.

    These comments reveal a lot about PFT trolls and their overall character. Football is a game. Stop acting like these players define your life.

    I’m an NFC fan but this sounds like a coaches dream come true in a backup QB.

  24. chrisk61 says:
    May 24, 2015 9:22 AM
    what an idiot. glad he isn’t on my team. probably gets cut with that attitude.

    so when is cinc gonna win a playoff gm anyway ?
    _________________________________
    Most idiotic comment I’ve ever seen on here

  25. It’s possible that he doesn’t know the difference between confidence and delusion.

    Confidence, in reality, is a build up of true belief in oneself after getting better at a skill.

    Delusion is what someone like McCarron confuses for delusion for confidence, all this self-belief without ever being good at anything.

  26. As long as you don’t use every interview as a segue to talk about “Dreams” like Russell Wilson, you won’t be annoying AJ.

  27. How many of you guys that can be so critical of AJ and Andy actually played in the NFL or you just posting from the comforts of your mama’s basement

  28. Love the attitude, hope they make it. And why shouldn’t they dream big both of them married well above their look-class.

  29. orangecrush228 says:

    How many of you guys that can be so critical of AJ and Andy actually played in the NFL or you just posting from the comforts of your mama’s basement

    ———————————————————–

    If the qualification mark here to make comments about players is that you must have played in the NFL, there would be no comments.

    Do you keep quiet about every movie you’ve seen because you’ve never been an actor? Bad meal because you’re not a chef?

    Be realistic. The mama’s basement schtick is also old.

  30. I can’t hate on the guy just because he went public with his goals but when will these players learn that its not in their public interest to say stuff like this?

    I have no idea if this guy can play QB in the NFL but that hasn’t stop the Vikings from rolling out T Jack, Christain Ponder or Bustwater. Is he any worse than that trio? If not, he will eventually get his chance and I wish him the best when it comes.

  31. If it weren’t for Brent Musberger slobbering all over Katherine Webb on national television, then to this day no one would know who A.J. McCarron is.

  32. “I love Andy to death. Andy’s always been there for me. ”

    ‘Always’ as in the last year? Sounds like the makings of the NFL’s Bromantic comedy of the year!!

  33. The losers here are the idiots posting negative comments. Jesus Christ !!!!! Would some of you please grow up ?
    What’s so horrible about a back up QB supporting the starting QB regardless of the fact Andy hasn’t gotten a playoff win. And I suppose you blame Andy regardless of the fact Cinncy’s defense folded in a few of those games.
    Yup, that was his fault. Gimme a break !
    And I’m not a Cinncy fan by any means. My handle shows that.

  34. jimr10 says:
    May 24, 2015 8:57 AM
    Maybe you can become the first Bama QB besides Joe Willie to be a starter…you ain’t in the SEC any more…

    ============================

    You seem to have forgotten a certain 4x Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champion.

    Although he was a drunk just like Namath was.

    Regarding AJ, he just doesn’t have a pro-level release or arm to be a star qb. Worthwhile backup? Sure. Shaun King-type on a loaded defensive team? Maybe. But not a star.

  35. raiderapologist says:May 24, 2015 11:00 AM

    jimr10 says:
    May 24, 2015 8:57 AM

    Maybe you can become the first Bama QB besides Joe Willie to be a starter…you ain’t in the SEC any more…
    —————–
    Kenny Stabler says what?

    —————

    Bart Starr says “come again?”

    —————

    I’m a life long BAMA fan so I’m a little biased here, but here’s my thoughts.

    FISRT, Katherine Webb McCarron is AJ’s WIFE not “girl friend”.

    SECOND, AJ has already lived part of his dream as he has 3 National Championship rings. One while as back up for Greg McElroy in 2009 for BAMA and the other two he engineered as the starter for BAMA.

    Lastly, considering his parents didn’t expect him to survive a near fatal boating accident when he was very young, he’s managed to achieve some spectacular feats….

  36. I think I remember reading that a lot of AJ’s slide during the draft was due to teams being turned off by his ego. There’s nothing wrong with confidence, but maybe you should get a start or 2 under your belt before you talk about superstardom?

  37. The guy is healthy for the first time in years and still managed to win Championships.
    He also improved his technique so I expect him to have a decent shot at doing well.
    What do people want in a starting QB’s attitude? An “awe shucks I hope I can do this” attitude? They have to believe they can.
    And, for all of the haters on Dalton – how many QBs have led their team to the playoffs in their first 4 years? People give more credit to QBs who have barely sniffed the post-season than they do to Dalton.

  38. What do you want him to say? Do you think any young QB has dreams of being a backup his whole life? Would you want one that did?

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