Jackson, who was the Bengals offensive coordinator through McCarron’s first two seasons, laughed when he was asked about the conversation in his post-game press conference and confirmed McCarron’s comments.
“If I’m correct, I think the last time he played in that game, Auburn won that game,” Jackson said. “I think people sometimes make too much of stuff like that, especially since we had engaged in the previous trade situation. But we didn’t get into anything more than yesterday’s Iron Bowl.”
Jackson, in his second season with the Browns, had sprinted up to McCarron, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014, and bear-hugged him to begin the conversation. McCarron said he wasn’t concerned what people might think, and the botched trade didn’t even come up.
“I personally don’t want to bring up something that didn’t happen,” McCarron said. “There is no point in even wasting any energy on it. That was it, talking college ball, and of course the picture was taken and it gets blown up.”
McCarron said he didn’t think too much about how he could have been starting for the opposing team Sunday, rather than sitting on the bench.
However, he did note that it would have been a good opportunity had the trade gone through.
“As a competitor you would love the opportunity and love the chance to lead your own team and have a chance to play, but things happen for a reason,” McCarron said. “I believe that. God’s got a plan. We’ve just got to wait it out and deal it on God’s time. It’s not our time. The opportunity would have been awesome for sure.”