Tag:Michael Irvin
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:20 am
Edited on: December 2, 2011 12:27 pm

Teammate thinks Jackson is '[messing] around'

Jackson isn't interested in talking to reporters about the current state of his game. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The big story this morning isn't that that Marshawn Lynch has come out of nowhere to be one of the league's best running backs this season. Or that "the plan" Pete Carroll referred during training camp really does include Tarvaris Jackson, who has played well in recent weeks.

DeSean's forgettable season
Instead, as is often the case anytime the Eagles play, the big story is DeSean Jackson, the mercurial wide receiver in the last year of this rookie contract who plays with all the urgency of a shorts and t-shirt minicamp workout. Following Philly's latest loss, a 31-14 effort against the Seahawks on Thursday night, Jackson admitted that he's "frustrated with losing," but when one of his teammates was asked if Jackson was completely in the game he said, "No, he's [messing] around." 

If the plan is to sleepwalk through the current season for his current team and alienate the 31 others that might've had interested during free agency then mission accomplished, DeSean.  Otherwise, we have no idea what Jackson's doing and his "plan," unlike Pete Carroll's, is not only ill-conceived but it's going to cost him a lot of money.

Against the Seahawks, Jackson finished the game with four catches for 34 yards. Alone those numbers don't mean much. Without watching you might think that the Seahawks double-teamed Jackson, or that maybe the game plan was to feature LeSean McCoy. And at times, both were true. But Jackson's performance is mostly about his apparent unwillingness to … well, try.

"Actually there were quite a few plays called for him," head coach Andy Reid said. "They were making an effort to double him and move a safety in."

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote Friday morning about Jackson staring into oblivion while quarterback Vince Young tried to talk to him on the sidelines.

"If that's what they saw, that's what they saw," Jackson said of the cameras, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I don't have to sit here and answer them questions. My teammates know what it is."

And during pregame warm-ups, Jackson was hanging out with the defensive ends as the other wide receivers worked together.

"I'm not answering none of that type of question," said Jackson. "If you're going to ask something about the game, do that. . . . Next question."

Two weeks ago, Jackson told NFL Network's Michael Irvin that he's in the Larry Fitzgerald-Calvin Johnson range when it comes to his worth. Fitz makes $15 million this season, Megatron almost $9 million.

"I think right in that range," he said at the time. "Maybe top-5 in the NFL. ...My playmaking skills and abilities, my punt returns, and the ability to get the ball and score on any play. I mean, Fitzgerald, he's a special receiver -- don't get me wrong -- but he doesn't play special teams so that adds an extra edge to it."

In theory, yes. In practice, Fitzgerald has been just as dangerous on special teams this season as Jackson. And much more consistent at wide receiver, and that's with John Skelton throwing him passes.

NFL Network's Marshall Faulk got it right two weeks ago: "Showing up to any meeting late is definitely not a good way to handle (things) when you want money from a team."

Not showing up at all is even worse.

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 3:47 pm

Michael Irvin talks about Miami scandal

Posted by Ryan Wilson

In the days since news broke that Nevin Shapiro, a former University of Miami booster now serving time in prison for his part in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, had provided "thousands of improper benefits" to at least 72 players over an eight-year period, some former Hurricanes have come forward to speak about the allegations. On Wednesday, current Texans Andre Johnson and Eric Winston talked to the media.

Wednesday, Michael Irvin, one of the best players in "U" history, a three-time Super Bowl champ and an NFL Hall of Famer, also addressed the charges leveled by Shapiro.

Irvin, who redefines what it means to be passionated about something, joined ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley to talk about the latest scandal to hit his alma mater.

"I ain't never met [Shapiro]," Irvin said according to Sports Radio Interviews, before adding, "I said this too though and I’ll be honest with you, I would have fell to those aphrodisiacs that he was throwing around. I would have fallen into that. … Listen I wasn’t able to handle it at 19,18, 20. I wasn’t even able to handle it at 30. Thirty-five? I just got here at forty-five! … If you would have offered me boats, women, and my hands are up in the air."

Irvin's frankness was also tinged with anger when speaking about Shapiro's involvement in the Ponzi scheme that landed him behind bars.

"I called him a snake and rapist [on my radio show]," Irvin said, "because think about it this this way: he’s snaking people, but you are a rapist. How do you walk into someone’s home -- forget football, forget the University of Miami, I don’t care about it -- How do you walk into someone’s home and sit and eat dinner with them? Watch and look at their kids? Look at all the things in their home that they worked hard over the years to gather and then you take a check and then you go and blow away all of their savings? Man it doesn’t get any lower than this. ... You sit with people and you not only take money from these people and you go here and you rape these kids of their future.”

Irvin says he hopes "all things are considered as to where the source is and where it is coming from in all of it with the kids" before the NCAA punishes Miami. "I hope [the NCAA] … considers (recently hired) coach Al Golden. …Coach Golden went to Temple and build that program up. …He’s earned it through hard work. … He has earned it the hard way and here comes somebody who is a taker."

As it stands, any former Hurricanes player involved with Shapiro and guilty of wrongdoing, and now in the NFL won't face sanctions. The NCAA has no jurisdiction over them and the NFL doesn't have a mechanism in place for leveling punishments. But that's not from lack of trying on the part of league Commissioner Roger Goodell.

CBSSports.com's Mike Freemanwrote about just this issue Thursday.
On Wednesday, I wrote how the NFL would like to fine and suspend players who run afoul of NCAA rules. Then on Thursday came some stunning news: the NFL was going to allow Terrelle Pryor into the NFL's supplemental draft but suspended him for the first five games. Trust me: these two things are very closely related.

What Roger Goodell did in suspending Pryor is get the NCAA's back. The NFL and NCAA both feel that players are breaking rules on the college level thinking they can use the NFL as an escape hatch. The NFL wants to stop that mentality.

What Goodell did was also send a message to the union. If you won't work with us on this, then I'll use the commissioner power to make the decisions myself.
We'll say it again (for the third time today): as part of the new CBA, the players agreed to let Goodell keep the absolute power that rubbed so many of them the wrong way in recent years. It didn't take long for Goodell to again wield that power. And given his history of haphazardly meting out punishments, we can't say that we're surprised.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Michael Irvin appears in 'Out,' supports equality

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The fight for equal rights often transcends race, gender and socio-economic boundaries. And while the world of professional sports isn't the first place you'd expect an open and frank discussion about sexuality, there have been current and former athletes who've supported a person's right to their sexual orientation.

Four years ago, former center John Amaechi became the first NBA player to come out publicly. In recent months, NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Donte Stallworth publicly supported gay marriage (as have former Giants player Michael Strahan and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash).

We can now add former Cowboys wide receiver and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin's name to the list. Appearing in the new issue of Out, Irvin says that his decision to take a stand had to do with his relationship with his gay brother, Vaughn, who died of stomach cancer in 2006. According to the magazine, this is the first time Irvin has spoken publicly about his brother.

More details via WABC:
In the article, Irvin describes how his brother's sexual orientation contributed to his own issues. He says that he found out his brother was gay sometime in the 1970s when he found him wearing women's clothing. He was rattled by the experience and has since figured out that it contributed to his own womanizing behavior.

"And through it all we realized maybe some of the issues I've had with so many women, just bringing women around so everybody can see, maybe that's the residual of the fear I had that if my brother is wearing ladies' clothes, am I going to be doing that? Is it genetic?" Irvin said to Out. "I'm certainly not making excuses for my bad decisions. But I had to dive inside of me to find out why am I making these decisions, and that came up."
Irvin credits his father with helping him accept his brother's lifestyle and now says the African-American community should support marriage equality.

"I don't see how any African-American, with any inkling of history, can say that you don't have the right to live your life how you want to live your life," he said, according to the magazine. "No one should be telling you who you should love, no one should be telling you who you should be spending the rest of your life with. When we start talking about equality, and everybody being treated equally, I don't want to know an African-American who will say everybody doesn't deserve equality."

There have been detractors, too. In June, former Super Bowl hero David Tyree said gay marriage "will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy."

But Irvin, who had his share of off-field trouble during his playing days, has no such hang-ups. "If anyone comes out in those top four major sports, I will absolutely support him. ... When a guy steps up and says, 'This is who I am,' I guarantee you I'll give him 100 percent support."

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:05 pm

Hot Routes 4.20.11 a time for hypotheticals

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Brandon Marshall thinks Ryan Mallett will be an All-Pro.

Norv Turner believes that being at home in three of the first four games will give the Chargers an opportunity to get off to a fast start (for a change).

Click here to see some sloppy touch screen analysis from Michael Irvin.

Ozzie Newsome says the Sergio Kindle story “is not written yet”. (True, but the first few chapters were sure bad.)

Based on 2010 records, the Carolina Panthers have the toughest 2011 schedule in the NFL. (Reason why: they don’t get to play the Carolina Panthers.)

Bengals season ticket holder Dr. Kim Brady will have the honor of announcing the team’s fourth round draft pick this year. (Expect it to be a player with some sort of criminal record.)

Film studying savant Greg Cosell says Jimmy Smith, not Patrick Peterson, is the best cornerback in this year’s draft.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News is incensed that NFL Films had Thursday Night Football’s Bob Papa audition for the play-by-play job he already has.

Cheerleaders aren’t locked out right now, which is why the Titans are holding a tryout next month.

Matt Hasselbeck talks about his status with the Seahawks (predictably, it hasn’t changed since before the lockout).

Michael Vick is visiting the Virginia Tech campus for the first time since his incarceration. (We’re gradually running out of “first time since prison” stories with this guy.)

Da’Quan Bowers says speculation about his knee is wrong.

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:19 am

Top Ten With a Twist: Not yet HOFers

Fireworks fly during the 2010 Pro Football HOF induction ceremony (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Pro Football Hall of Fame this past Sunday released the names of the 26 semifinalists that could be inducted into the HOF for 2011. Most of the names you know. You’ve watched them play. You’ve watched them win. You’ve watched them etch out fantastic careers.

Last year, you knew guys like Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith were going to make their way into the HOF in their first years of eligibility. These players were some of the best of all time. It was no contest.

But each year, there are certain players or coaches or executives that are left out who deserve to enter the hallowed halls of the … well … Hall. This Top Ten With a Twist isn’t about the players you know who full well will be inducted into next year’s induction class, minus Prime Time. These are the guys who might not, but who probably should be.

10. George Young, executive: I wonder if Young’s enshrinement has been held off because his skills had declined noticeably late in his career (ie. when free agency was introduced to the game in the early 1990s). But there’s no denying that Young was the NFL executive of the year five times and the teams he worked for won three conference titles and one Super Bowl title. For an executive, he was pretty damn important.

9. Jerry Kramer, OG, Packers (1958-68): While he was a very good player in his day – as the three Pro Bowls, five All-Pro selections and the oodles of championships attest – he did the world a favor when he wrote Instant Replay in 1967, giving fans an inside look at what occurs during an NFL season and at coach Vince Lombardi. No, it’s no Ball Four by Jim Bouton (that guy never could get in baseball’s HOF, by the way), but Kramer’s impact on how the fans view the game is an important piece of the NFL’s history.

8. Steve Tasker, WR/ST, Oilers (1985-86), Bills (1986-97): During his 14-year career, Tasker started a total of 15 games. He never had more than 21 catches in a season, and he caught nine touchdown passes. But the fact he’s perhaps the best special teams player ever to compete in the NFL should give him a path to the HOF. He was a 5-foot-9, 180-pound gunner, and he was fast and lethal. He went to the Pro Bowl seven times, and he was named the MVP of the Pro Bowl in 1993. He didn’t make it to the semifinals this year, but that’s not surprising. Special teamers are not given their just due (see No. 1).

7. Andre Reed, WR, Bills (1985-99), Redskins (2000): Reed has gotten caught up in the WR numbers game. He’s been eligible at the same time as Michael Irvin, Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Art Monk and Cris Carter, and I can see why it’d be tough to select Reed instead of those kinds of receivers. But you have to remember that Reed ranks ninth in career receptions all time and 11th in receiving yards. At some point, he deserves to be enshrined in Canton. Don’t expect it to happen this year, though.

6. Dermontti Dawson, C, Steelers (1988-2000): Simply put, he’s one of the greatest centers of all time. He made the Pro Bowl seven-straight seasons, and with his athletic ability and his knack for getting out in open space and making key blocks for his running backs, he changed the perception of what a center should be. He’ll probably become a finalist for the second time in as many years. One of these days, he should get the welcoming phone call.

5. Cris Carter, WR, Eagles (1987-89), Vikings (1990-2001), Dolphins (2002): Much like Reed, Carter is overshadowed by other receivers. He finished his career as the No. 2 WR (behind Jerry Rice) in receptions and touchdowns. He’s been passed by Marvin Harrison on the receptions list and by Randy Moss and Terrell Owens on the touchdowns list since he retired, but at some point, Carter should be in. It’s actually a little surprising that he’s not in already.

4. Don Coryell, coach: Yes, he wasn’t the originator of today’s modern offense – that’d be a combination of Sid Gillman, Paul Brown and various others – but his Air Coryell teams in the late 1970s to mid 1980s with the Chargers helped innovate the passing game we still see today. He’s already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Now, it’s time for him to join Gillman as the only two coaches to be enshrined in the college and the pro Halls of Fame.

3. Deion Sanders, CB/PR, Falcons (1989-93), 49ers (1994), Cowboys (1995-99), Redskins (2000), Ravens (2004-05) : The reasons why are obvious. Just look at the video below. This is his first year eligible, and there’s little chance he won’t make it in immediately.

2. Ed Sabol, contributor: Enjoy watching NFL Films productions? You like watching the behind-the-scenes spots of the players woofing at each other on the sidelines and your favorite coach’s pregame and postgame speeches? If yes, you can thank Sabol, who helped found NFL Films in the mid-1960s. How differently would we view – and think about – the NFL if Sabol hadn’t been such a visionay? That’s unanswerable of course, but the fact NFL Films plays a big role in an NFL’s viewing experience makes Sabol HOF worthy.

1. Ray Guy, P, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders (1973-86): Simply put, Guy is the greatest punter in the history of the game. But there are no kickers enshrined in the HOF. That must mean they’re less important than anybody else, right? Well, we all know that’s not true. It’s time to get Guy into the Hall. He deserves it.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 1:03 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 5:27 pm

Brady, Moss separated in locker room

Posted by Will Brinson

Charley Casserly, appearing on our television mother ship, dropped a pretty large bomb, reporting that Randy Moss and Tom Brady had to be separated in the locker room following a fight that revolved around hair insults.

Apparently, Brady told Moss that he should shave his beard and Moss told Brady he needed to hit up the barber so he'd look less like Justin Bieber (actually, Moss reportedly told Brady he looked like a girl, but the Bieber joke would've been much funnier, no?).

Earlier today, Michael Irvin started ranting with Terrell Owens about Tom Brady remaining silent in the wake of his team trading his best deep target -- it's pretty safe to say there's a good reason why you haven't heard Brady get angry that the team did what they did.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:35 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 11:38 am

TO says he's basically 'playing for free'

Posted by Will Brinson

Watch out world -- for a brief minute on Sunday morning, Terrell Owens appeared to become self-aware, somehow comprehending that the perception of him is "not good."

It only lasted a brief second, but it was surprisingly gorgeous, during the first part of Michael Irvin's NFL Network conversation with TO.

"I really can't tell you how it makes me feel, but I understand why people didn't come knocking on my door." Owens said to Irvin. "It's because of the perception of who I am as a person."

The smart route here, by the way, would involve saying something like "It's okay that I'm misunderstood, but I should have done a better job of making my image blah-blah-blah." The Terrell Owens route, though, somehow involves undermining his deal with the Bengals.

[That perception] is not good, and that's why I was on the street," Owens responded to Irvin's 'and that perception is?' "That's why basically -- the contract I have right now, it's basically like I'm playing for free. So I have to be careful what I do, because it's the 'perception' of who I am -- the media portrayal of who I am."

This is 100 percent LOL-worthy -- if Owens gets a bad rap in the media (and he does), he has it coming and has never done anything to warrant any other reputation. 

But maybe Irvin and Owens were just slugging the Bananas-flavored Kool-Aid before the interview. After all, how else would you explain what Michael Irvin said after the interview?

"ABSOLUTELY they don't appreciate the wide receiver play in the National Football League like they should," he shouted.

This line of thinking also tied in with the interview -- Irvin and Owens anonymously tag-teamed Jeff Garcia (Irvin said that he "got his money but won't go and say 'I need this guy that really helped me get my money'") and Tom Brady (who hasn't gotten really, really angry about his team trading Randy Moss, and that's clearly just wrong of him) for reasons relating to not being a wideout.

Mercifully, the rest of the NFL Network crew stepped in to let Irvin know that wide receiver isn't as important as he thinks it is. It's worth noting, though, that Irvin had a good point hiding somewhere in the high-volumed analysis -- wide receivers don't get the love that other positions do, particularly in relation to the Hall of Fame. 

But that's a problem better fought without using TO as an argument.

Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:34 pm

Michael Irvin's not a fan of Roy Williams

Posted by Will Brinson

Roy Williams probably isn't a real popular dude in Dallas. He's expensive, unproductive, he cost them draft picks, and he's mean to Dez Bryant.

If Michael Irvin's opinion is any indication , he's not entirely popular with former members of the team either. Irvin was on the NFL Network before Thursday night's Saints-Vikings game and got ribbed by the rest of the fellas for not selecting Dallas to win it all.

"I won't take Dallas until Dallas has whatever it needs to stop playing 10 vs. 11," Irvin said. "And with Roy Williams on the field, they're playing 10 vs. 11. Now, if they put the young boy Dez Bryant in? You better believe I'll take Dallas."

That's kind of a convenient cop-out (the Bryant part), since if Bryant's better he'll just straight-up get reps over Williams.

But Irvin has a pretty good point -- Williams stinks. The only difference is that the point isn't coming from a pantsless blogger or an analyst, it's coming from a Hall of Fame wideout who used to play for the Cowboys. And that makes it sting a little bit more.

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