"There are a lot of outside people just trying to pick and find out whatever," McElwain said. "No, the guy's detailed. He's a hard worker and he wants you to be complete in what you do, in every aspect. Well last time I checked, that's the blueprint for any organization and Fortune 500 company there is.
"Be detailed in everything you do, work hard, and be complete in what you do. Don't leave little things hanging out."
McElwain left a program that was 48-6 during his four-year tenure. He led Colorado State to a 4-8 record last season, the program's best since 2008, and an upset of Colorado.
"I think he's done as good of a job with the players he has as anyone possibly could," Saban said. "I think they've got good players. They've been very productive in the way they've played on offense and they have really good balance.
"I have as much respect for Jim McElwain as a coach as anybody that's ever worked for me.
McElwain's last game at Alabama was the Tide's 21-0 victory over LSU in the January 2011 BCS championship game, when McCarron was named MVP.
Now, McCarron is 32-3 as a starter with two national titles (he was redshirted during the 2009 season). His former position coach is certainly impressed with how well he's doing these days.
"I think AJ's playing as well as anybody in the country," McElwain said. "I'm proud of that. He plays the game the way it should be played and he knows when to take his shots or when to take his check downs. He has a true command now."