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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.

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