Lafell, 32, won a BCS title with LSU in 2007 and a Super Bowl championship following the 2014 season with the New England Patriots, catching a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to open the scoring in a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. His coach was Bill Belichick.
Given that Mccarron is the backup quarterback to Derek Carr and that Lafell has been inactive four times in eight games, it’s not as if either man is going to have anything critical to say on the record.
But by the same token, both could have taken the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything it all” route and declined comment. Neither did.
Mccarron, acquired for a fifth-round draft pick from Buffalo at the start of the regular season, saw his first playing time of the season in a 34-3 loss to the 49ers. With Carr having already been sacked seven times, Mccarron came in to mop up, completing 1 of 3 passes for eight yards and getting sacked once himself.
“Of course it sucks getting in at that kind of time in that situation, but I always have fun,” Mccarron said. “I love playing the game. That’s why I do it. I always have a smile on my face when I’m playing. It’s just the way I am, the way I’ve always been.”
Smiles, perhaps, but the it’s been no laughing matter. Lafell was signed as a free agent on Sept. 3 after having played for Carolina, the Patriots and Cincinnati.
“It’s very difficult,” Lafell said. “I tell every guy, as soon as you win the Super Bowl, the only thing you can think about is getting back. That’s your only desire. That’s what feeds you every day, to come out, work every day and try and get back there. Having this season like we’re having right now, it’s really tough.”
Mccarron conceded he’s someone who hates losing more than he loves winning. He got an early lesson during his first loss as a starter Alabama. He went to a local restaurant after losing to LSU, and couldn’t help but notice a teenager sitting with his father seemed to be giving him the evil eye.
After his meal, Mccarron found a note on his car from the youth, expressing his disappointment at how poorly he’d played.
“There’s always going to be fans that take everything to heart, but that poor kid took that loss pretty hard, I guess,” Mccarron said.