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What does a career starting record of 24-3 and several Alabama passing records get you in Tuscaloosa? A large part of the fanbase glad to see you go because they think the successor is more equipped to run this football team.
Now don’t get me wrong—not all Alabama fans operate with this idiotic thought pattern. However, search through the Bama fan forums and it will not take long to find some. During my research I was even able to find fans who were hoping McElroy was injured in the Iron Bowl.
McElroy has represented his team off the field as well as any college football player you will find. Moreover, he has operated the Nick Saban game plan to perfection. He almost always makes the right play and at the same time plays within himself.
In his two seasons as a starter, he completed 37 touchdown passes and only gave away nine interceptions. This season he completed almost 71 percent of his passes on his way to being the fourth highest-rated passer in the nation (169.0).
Next season, Alabama will take a step back on offense. When other teams stack the box against them, they will not have McElroy to make the “right” play.
In a way I feel sorry for the next Alabama QB. No matter how many stars he had in high school, he is not going to complete 70 percent of his passes, and he is not going to have a 4-to-1 touchdown/interception ratio. As a result, the same fickle fans who thought they were better off without McElroy are going to turn on him as well.