0-12: Bengals' AJ McCarron could halt ugly streak for ex-Alabama QBs

CINCINNATI -- Recent history isn't on AJ McCarron's side.

Former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterbacks like him haven't had a very good track record the past 25 years as it pertains to winning games as starting NFL quarterbacks.

According to STATS LLC, the NFL's small list of past Crimson Tide signal-callers who have played within the past 25 years are on a 12-game losing streak. McCarron, the Cincinnati Bengals backup who will be replacing injured starter Andy Dalton in San Francisco this week, has a chance to finally give past Alabama quarterbacks a win when he makes his first career start.

As he prepares for the 49ers, McCarron said the streak couldn't be further from the forefront of his mind.

"That's history. I'm not really worried about history," McCarron said. "I'm worried about what we have right now; the team we have and my job at task."

With a win this Sunday, the Bengals can earn a playoff berth and -- with help -- their fourth division title.

So when was the last time a former Alabama quarterback won a game as a starter in the NFL? It was on Nov. 15, 1987, when Jeff Rutledge led the New York Giants to a 20-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. It was one of two victories the former ninth-round draft pick had in his career.

Since that win, the only former Crimson Tide QBs to have started games were Brodie Croyle and Greg McElroy. Neither is currently in the league. Croyle posted an 0-10 career record, while McElroy, who served one year as a backup in Cincinnati, was 0-1.

It's worth pointing out that McElroy did come into a 2012 game late to rally the Jets to a 7-6 win over the Cardinals in 2012 after starter Mark Sanchez was benched. McElroy's fourth-quarter touchdown pass was the difference maker.

Still, combined, former Alabama quarterbacks are 2-18-1 as NFL starters since 1987.

That mediocrity wasn't always the case for former Crimson Tide quarterbacks. Ken Stabler, Joe Namath and Bart Starr all won Super Bowls in the 1960s and 1970s. Starr and Namath (players selected before the "Common Draft Era," which began in 1967) led the Packers and Jets to wins in the first three Super Bowls.