AJ McCarron: Tom Brady was in the same situation

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AJ McCarron was thrust into the middle of a playoff race on Sunday afternoon when Andy Dalton fractured his thumb and had to leave the Bengals’ game against the Steelers.

McCarron wasn’t able to pull out a victory that would have clinched the AFC North title as the Steelers rolled to a 33-20 win that bolstered their own playoff hopes. McCarron was 22-of-32 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first extended regular season action and said after the game that he’s excited about the chance to start at least one game while the Bengals figure out Dalton’s status.

The second-year pro also showed some confidence by referencing Tom Brady’s entry into the Patriots lineup back in 2001 after a Mo Lewis hit put Drew Bledsoe on the sideline and put Brady at the helm of the New England offense in his second year.

“You gotta embrace it,” McCarron said. “I love it. You gotta love pressure moments. That’s what makes you great. That’s when the great ones really shine. I guess Tom Brady was in the same situation when he had the opportunity so I gotta make the most of it, do my job each week, know we have an unbelievable defense, don’t turn the ball over and we have a chance to win.”

Brady went on to win the first of his four Super Bowl titles that year, something that’s certainly a possibility for the Bengals as they’re going to the playoffs barring a total collapse in the final three weeks of the season. It remains to be seen if McCarron will be playing all of those games, but the Bengals can only hope that there’s reason to keep making that comparison should the backup remain the man the rest of the way.

34 responses to “AJ McCarron: Tom Brady was in the same situation

  1. He has a point. The defense for the Patriots was pretty good.They had a good kicker.Amd Brady did enough to manage games amd continually evolve as a player. Bemgals have a good defense.Don’t know about their kicki g game but AJ just has to manage games, get better, amd not give up the ball.

  2. Of all the possible endings to this season, this was not one that crossed my mind. Almost unreal that a typical bonehead Dalton int led to a broken thumb on his throwing hand while he made the tackle.

    AJ, I’ve been asking for your number to be called for a while now. Let’s see what ya got.

  3. Always leave it to AJ to be humble, lol. However, he does have a point that most people have written him off when he’s barely played. If Hue Jackson could scheme it up for Jason Campbell, I think he can work with McCarron.

  4. He’s not saying he is Tom Brady just saying that it is similar circumstances. If he can just do what he did at Alabama and rely on a great running game and do everything he can to just manage the game he can keep you in games. Most important thing that needs to happened is the Bengals have to get healthy and as long as they can win against a very depleted Baltimore team on Jimmy Claussen as it’s qb they get the 3 seed which is best case scenario at this point. We’ll see how AJ does next week to see how things will go. Still stay positive even though things don’t look so great right now. Who Dey

  5. Kid had 280 yards and 2 TD’s with only limited practice reps. Big Ben threw for 282 and 0 TD’s. Give the guy some credit, could be his break. He was referring to Brady taking over when Bledsoe went down…

  6. I wouldn’t get too excited about his stats today. Everyone has thrown all over the steelers this season.

  7. Dalton had the #1 QB rating in the league and the team was 10-2… And you wanted the backup to take the helm? Yikes.
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    Of all the possible endings to this season, this was not one that crossed my mind. Almost unreal that a typical bonehead Dalton int led to a broken thumb on his throwing hand while he made the tackle.

    AJ, I’ve been asking for your number to be called for a while now. Let’s see what ya got.

  8. peko40 says:
    Dec 13, 2015 7:16 PM
    Kid had 280 yards and 2 TD’s with only limited practice reps. Big Ben threw for 282 and 0 TD’s. Give the guy some credit, could be his break. He was referring to Brady taking over when Bledsoe went down…
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    That’s a very misleading way of putting it.

    The steelers offense put up 26 points, whereas the bengals offense put up 13 points and gave away 7 points on the pick 6.

    If you exclude the Bengals garbage time TD, that’s only 6 net points. Not very impressive.

  9. So is he saying Marv Lewis is a cheat like belichick? I’m pretty sure that’s not an accurate statement. Marv Lewis has way better morals. Go Bengals.

  10. “peko40
    Dec 13, 2015, 7:16 PM EST
    Kid had 280 yards and 2 TD’s with only limited practice reps. Big Ben threw for 282 and 0 TD’s. Give the guy some credit, could be his break. He was referring to Brady taking over when Bledsoe went down…”

    One was playing against a good bengals D, and the other was playing against tbhe steelers who rank near the bottom in D.

    Nice that you leave out the two picks (1 pick 6) and the fact he only scored 6 points outside of garbage time.

  11. Matt Cassell was in the same situation when Brady went down. I think that’s a better analogy.

    No Teddy, it’s more like when you walked out on Obama….oh wait you never did that..or did you?

  12. I’m a Steelers fan but you people getting on AJ are ridiculous. He didn’t say he is the next coming of Tom Brady, he simply compared the situation. I’d rather have a QB with confidence instead of a QB who knows he’s a game manager.

    Rarely do I see myself defending the other AFCN teams, but this is one of those times. Some fans have zero common sense, they just become rabid dogs.

  13. Why do people think he compared himself to Brady? He didn’t. He compared the situation to how Brady became the starter in NE.

  14. Throughout AJ’s brief career none of the so called experts have given him a chance to succeed at the NFL level, saying he’ll be nothing more than a backup. NFL history is littered with these proclamations, many of which have proven to be incorrect. Ironically, Tom Brady fits that mold. I haven’t and don’t claim to know the level of success AJ will achieve in his NFL career, which makes me more enlightened than the experts, whom in spite of their track record continue to claim they do.
    One underated variable that I’ve always felt Dalton lacked that AJ exudes is confidence. If AJ continues to make decisions like throwing the ball out in the flat from his heels to avoid a sack, his confidence (and his arm strength) won’t be enough. Since it’s the and we’ve been dealt, I’m anxious to see how this plays out. Getting Eifert back on the field and keeping Burfict on the field are critical to making AJ’s job manageable.

  15. In 2001 Tom Brady wasn’t Tom Brady yet, either. Just like AJ McCarron, he was a second-year quarterback thrust into a starting role because an established starter got hurt, which is the only comparison AJ McCarron made. I’m sorry if you couldn’t tell that from looking at the picture above.
    As the old saying goes, “Reading Is Fundamental,” at least for most of us. Kurt Warner got a similar opportunity with the Rams when Trent Green was injured. At the time Kurt Warner was better known as a grocery bagger. I’m not sure what your future holds, but you’re currently better known as a MORON. True story.

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