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Michael Irvin: Austin listens, Williams doesn't

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so he figures if he offers advice to active players, they should listen.

But Irvin says that when he’s talked to the current corps of Cowboys receivers, he’s found that Miles Austin listens, while Roy Williams tunes him out.

The Dallas Morning News reports Irvin said on his radio show today that he took both Austin and Williams aside in training camp and gave them both tips on the nuances of playing wide receiver in the NFL — things like catching the ball against your body when going over the middle.  Austin, according to Irvin, was receptive and eager to be coached.

Williams was not.

As evidence that Austin listened to him and Williams didn’t, Irvin said that when he talked to both of them, he impressed upon them the importance of anticipating the snap count to get off the ball quickly. But, Irvin says, when he watched both Austin and Williams run deep routes on the same play, Austin got a four-yard lead on Williams.

Austin has been a pleasant surprise this season, while Williams has been a major disappointment. Irvin may be exaggerating his own importance in mentoring the Cowboys’ receivers — he’s not on the coaching staff, after all — but as long as Austin keeps outplaying the much higher-paid Williams, we can expect Irvin to continue to use his radio show to rip Williams and praise Austin.

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35 Responses to “Michael Irvin: Austin listens, Williams doesn't”
  1. YOU'VE_BEEN_MOSSED says: Nov 3, 2009 4:49 PM

    I don’t know what the hell Roy Williams’ problem is. Guy has some of the best hands in the league but for some reason can’t produce. CRAZY.

  2. chapnasty says: Nov 3, 2009 4:54 PM

    Austin wants to get paid, Williams already is

  3. Quagmire says: Nov 3, 2009 4:57 PM

    What do Roy Williams & Tom Cables girlfriend/wife have in common?
    They just don’t listen.

  4. Levito says: Nov 3, 2009 5:00 PM

    Of course it’s easy to make this claim now. Where was he months ago when most people still had no idea who Miles Austin was?

  5. Fan_Of_ Four says: Nov 3, 2009 5:00 PM

    Did Irving also school Austin in the finer arts of blow and prostitutes ? Irvin’s a tool.

  6. Nevisyakker says: Nov 3, 2009 5:03 PM

    Soooooooo, WR coach for the Cowboys is one of Irvin’s side jobs?
    Hey, they have coaches to instruct their players and too many voices giving different opinions is counterproductive.
    Irvin should keep his ego out of it and leave the coaching to professionals.
    The real issue here isn’t that Williams won’t soak up the great wisdom of michael Irvin, but that he is coasting his way through the remainder of his contract just happy to be getting paid all that money the Cowboys threw at him.

  7. TDHawk says: Nov 3, 2009 5:05 PM

    Michale Irvin admits he made poor lifestyle choices as a player. Two things nobody questions are his work ethic and his allegiance. He didn’t always make the best decisions off the field, which reflected poorly on him as a Cowboy, but the guy cared, evidently still does. I don’t know the man personally but I respect anyone who cares enough to share his Hall of Fame secrets of success.

  8. SlimPickens says: Nov 3, 2009 5:12 PM

    exactly chapnasty. Austin is hungry and Williams isnt. It always seems to me that Roy E. would rather wear his UT hat than a star. c’mon bro, we need to move on already!!! your not 20 yrs old anymore pussy!!

  9. smilergrogan says: Nov 3, 2009 5:34 PM

    hawk: irvin can’t teach his hall of fame secrets since they don’t allow the reciever (even one wearing a star) to push off any longer.

  10. footballrulz says: Nov 3, 2009 5:47 PM

    I’m a Packer fan. I’ve known who Miles Austin is since November of last year. Dallas has a player with him.

  11. BluntTalk says: Nov 3, 2009 5:49 PM

    Whoever thinks RW has great hands, knows nothing about football and is still going off of old memories. Roy Williams is trully a bust!

  12. NoHomeTeam says: Nov 3, 2009 6:04 PM

    “Irvin may be exaggerating his own importance . . . ”
    Don’t really need the rest of this sentence; this particular fragment should serve as a pretty much universal comment whenever Irvin is mentioned.

  13. slipkid says: Nov 3, 2009 6:05 PM

    roy e wont go over the middle. he has alligator arms.

  14. sdffa11 says: Nov 3, 2009 6:06 PM

    both of the cowboys receivers are scrubs. wait until austin and williams are matched up against sheldon brown and asante samuel this weekend. im predicting it now. neither of them scores a TD and the cowboys running game and witten provide all the offense.

  15. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Nov 3, 2009 6:24 PM

    When Irvin is right he is right:
    Nobody in the NFL could get a better “jump off a line” than Michael Irvin…on or off the field…
    boo-ya

  16. Ocelot138 says: Nov 3, 2009 6:49 PM

    “Michale Irvin admits he made poor lifestyle choices as a player. Two things nobody questions are his work ethic and his allegiance.”
    Nothing says “work ethic” and “allegiance” like stabbing a teammate in the neck with a pair of scissors because he sat down in a seat before you.
    But that’s just my opinion, y’know, as a guy who’s never stabbed anyone in the neck before with a pair of scissors.

  17. sinned says: Nov 3, 2009 7:03 PM

    Quagmire that was funny as hell

  18. VoxVeritas says: Nov 3, 2009 7:21 PM

    “Nothing says “work ethic” and “allegiance” like stabbing a teammate in the neck with a pair of scissors because he sat down in a seat before you.”
    Unless it’s killing restrained dogs because you just gotta kill SOMEthing, and people fight back.

  19. sportsyackontap says: Nov 3, 2009 7:29 PM

    Irvin’s just pissed that Williams likes Pepsi, and Irvin likes Coke.

  20. comment_submission_error says: Nov 3, 2009 7:40 PM

    Whenever I hear Irvin talking on television I tend to tune him out, too. But if Austin wants to listen to him, he should ask Michael to teach him the nuances of pushing off without catching a flag.

  21. johnster says: Nov 3, 2009 8:30 PM

    Williams is a waste, everyone knows that but JJ. Miles Austin, on the other hand, wasn’t it the Jets that tried to get him in the offseason? Somebody else knows what he can do.

  22. Philadeagles says: Nov 3, 2009 8:38 PM

    Irvin and Sanders, what a combination. Both of them now have the platform to inject themselves where ever they can gain MORE face time. These two are the Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson of NFL analyst(in terms of injecting themselves when it’s not necessary). I no longer watch NFL Network broadcast when those two clowns are on set.
    If I’m RW, I ain’t listening to his a$$ either! Miles Austin won’t be listening to him either after he realizes Playmaker is claiming credit for his success, much like Neon Deon did/does/will do with Crabtree!

  23. SmackDaddy says: Nov 3, 2009 9:01 PM

    Irvin better keep his trap shut about his “help” he’s providing to players or else the players won’t let him “help” them any longer.

  24. TRAMO says: Nov 3, 2009 9:01 PM

    Yea Irving could party all night and still kick the CHOKLES ( i mean eagles) butts on sundays.

  25. Ocelot138 says: Nov 3, 2009 9:07 PM

    # VoxVeritas says: November 3, 2009 7:21 PM
    “Nothing says “work ethic” and “allegiance” like stabbing a teammate in the neck with a pair of scissors because he sat down in a seat before you.”
    Unless it’s killing restrained dogs because you just gotta kill SOMEthing, and people fight back.
    ————-
    The differences? Vick didn’t commit those crimes playing with the Eagles, he served jail time for his crimes, and his failures aren’t swept under the rug by the media.
    Irving had the Dallas police working as his professional goon squad, covering up the years of blow and hookers, and of course the famous stabbing incident. Not only did he get off scott free, the SOB is in the hall of fame.

  26. DallasDeathStar says: Nov 3, 2009 9:12 PM

    Irvin is an NFL Hall Of Famer with 3 Superbowl rings.
    How many Eagles can say that….let me see…….NONE……………You EAFAG fans are so predickheadable.

  27. DallasDeathStar says: Nov 3, 2009 9:23 PM

    @ Philadeagles or should I call you Philmyasswithboybutter,
    You prove again in you boohoo statement how small Philly fans minds are.

  28. VoxVagina says: Nov 3, 2009 10:11 PM

    @DallasDeathStar
    @ Philadeagles or should I call you Philmyasswithboybutter,
    You prove again in you boohoo statement how small Philly fans minds are.
    ————————————————
    I found at least 2 grammar/ spelling errors in that very short post.
    You prove again in you(r) boohoo statement how small Dallas fans(‘) minds are.

  29. VoxVagina says: Nov 3, 2009 10:19 PM

    Also:
    DallasDeathStar says:
    November 3, 2009 9:23 PM
    @ Philadeagles or should I call you Philmyasswithboybutter,
    You prove again in you boohoo statement how small Philly fans minds are.
    ———————————————–
    Idk about you, but I make MAN butter
    You prove again in your boohoo statement how small Dallas fans’ dicks are

  30. pubicreign says: Nov 3, 2009 10:54 PM

    ROY WILLIAMS A LIFELESS TURD???? Who’da thought?….Hey Irvin, make sure you break the cycle with the crack rock around your flash in the pan Austin, dont wanna stun his growth…we see his vertical already is lacking (Field goal dunk). Ehhhhh…..what do I care…LIGHT IT UP!!………………… 44-6

  31. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Nov 4, 2009 9:13 AM

    Did Michael Irvin also impart upon them the nuance of dancing the Samba? I think that’s what he’s most qualified to talk about.

  32. Kevin from Philly says: Nov 4, 2009 10:53 AM

    Let me fix that last line for you:
    “but as long as Austin keeps outplaying the much higher-paid Williams, we can expect Irvin to continue to use his radio show to distance himself from Williams and take credit for any of the success of Austin.”

  33. texasPHINSfan says: Nov 4, 2009 12:09 PM

    “Irvin and Sanders, what a combination. Both of them now have the platform to inject themselves where ever they can gain MORE face time. These two are the Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson of NFL analyst(in terms of injecting themselves when it’s not necessary). ”
    spot on, spot on.
    i very much respect the careers of both sanders & irvin, but i am tired of them continually injecting themselves in others’ lives and on the radio/tv. they are, essentially, the sharpton & jackson of the NFL – any way they can put their name in front of people, they do.
    I’d be more impressed if Irvin came out and said something like this BEFORE we all knew the result.

  34. DallasDeathStar says: Nov 4, 2009 12:58 PM

    @VoxVagina
    Thanks for pointing out my poor grammer and spelling
    Here is one for you…..Spell this out D-A-L-L-A-S C-O-W-B-O-Y-S
    F-I-V-E T-I-M-E S-U-P-E-R-B-O-W-L C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N-S
    As long as its been for us to win one or a Playoff game , it never gets old!!!!!! But you wouldn’t know …. YOU HAVE NO WINNING SUPERBOWL HISTORY TO LOOK BACK ON…………………….
    Now spell out…….
    philadelphia eagles zero superbowls
    by the way………. why must all Shegales fanstalk about mens dicks……………BECAUSE YOUR ALL ADDICTED TO EACH OTHERS BOYBUTTER

  35. Ocelot138 says: Nov 4, 2009 1:52 PM

    It’s obvious that Dallas DeathStar is not older than 15, which means he certainly doesn’t remember any of those Cowboys championships.
    How does that make you feel, Cowboys fans, that the only claim to your so-called “glory” are championships that even teenagers today weren’t alive to see?
    Cue the “Eagles can’t get out of the playoffs!” lines, but you know what? You would die to see the Boys win a playoff game, you know it, and your insane jealousy is what drives you idiots to talk so much smack. So who’s worse? The team who hasn’t won a SuperBowl, or the asshat fans who are jealous of that team?

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