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Michael Irvin rips Jason Witten, praises Dez Bryant

Addressing the problems facing the Cowboys, NFL Network’s Michael Irvin lit into Cowboys tight end Jason Witten as lacking “a heart” on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay Morning Sunday, then praised rookie Dez Bryant for the effort he showed in Monday night’s loss to the Giants.

“Jason Witten — the game’s on the line here,” Irvin said. “No, your season’s on the line.”

As Irvin spoke, NFL Network showed Witten catching a pass and then running out of bounds just short of the first down line as Giants safety Antrel Rolle approached.

“You’re going out of bounds with Antrel Rolle right there?” said Irvin, a Hall of Fame receiver who played his entire career with the Cowboys. “Are you serious? You hit Antrel Rolle in the mouth, you get up and you play with some intensity.”

Then, with video of a Dez Bryant catch showing, Irvin said it was the rookie who was showing his veteran teammates how to play.

“Look at this young guy,” Irvin said. “This is the kind of intensity that the Dallas Cowboy’s whole team needs to play with.”

Irvin has long been a supporter of Bryant’s, so it’s no surprise that he had such complimentary things to say. But it was a little surprising to hear Irvin rip into Witten the way he did. Probably surprising to Witten, too.

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37 Responses to “Michael Irvin rips Jason Witten, praises Dez Bryant”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 31, 2010 10:57 AM

    Nice of the PipeMaker to point out one play where Witten screwed up.
    Never mind all the great plays the guy has made for the team.
    Right, jackass?

  2. Krow says: Oct 31, 2010 10:58 AM

    The media keeps comparing Dez to Irvin… so by praising him he’s actually patting himself on the back. If they compared Witten to him then Irvin would be saying how smart he was to get out of bounds and stop the clock.
    It’s just the usual ego move… not to be confused with anything intelligent.

  3. thirdandten says: Oct 31, 2010 11:01 AM

    Irvin is clearly a racist…

  4. Krashie21 says: Oct 31, 2010 11:02 AM

    Michael Irvin isn’t wrong. Jason Witten has gone soft, like most of the veterans on that team.

  5. Buck Stallion says: Oct 31, 2010 11:02 AM

    Hmm, conspicuous ommission of Roy Williams in his comments. Is it still 10 vs 11 out there Michael?

  6. Dryheave says: Oct 31, 2010 11:04 AM

    Michael Irvin is the biggest joke on TV….how this jackass has a job just amazes me. Like the great Mr. T once said. “Only in American can you become rich and famous by actin’ da’ fool!”

  7. Zach says: Oct 31, 2010 11:06 AM

    Witten had a concussion just a month ago.
    Nevermind the facts, got to stick up for Dez because your buddy got him suspended last year.

  8. Bubby Brister says: Oct 31, 2010 11:07 AM

    Witten’s only surprise is probably that Irvin is still somehow employed by a major network.
    I know if I was in position, I wouldn’t give a flying **** about what Michael Irvin thinks.

  9. Caldon says: Oct 31, 2010 11:10 AM

    I remember that play and I remember being very surprised that he went out a yard short.
    However, he was just lacking awareness on that play. It rarely happens with him.
    And to say he has no heart? Either you have never seen him play or you have no clue. So I am going to go with no clue.

  10. reed380 says: Oct 31, 2010 11:13 AM

    Michael Irvin is the SECOND biggest joke on TV behind Matt Millen.

  11. Coalregion says: Oct 31, 2010 11:19 AM

    Irvin’s Opinion carries about as much weight as a helium ballon.

  12. lozmor says: Oct 31, 2010 11:23 AM

    Yea whatever, go do some drugs and shut up Irvin.

  13. Drednot says: Oct 31, 2010 11:29 AM

    People still listen to Irvin?

  14. WWWFELLA71 says: Oct 31, 2010 11:32 AM

    MAYBE IRVIN SHOULD HAVE STEPPED OUT OF THE CRACK HOUSE EARLY A COUPLE OF TIMES.

  15. smiley says: Oct 31, 2010 11:33 AM

    Wow….coming from a Redskin fan….you’re gonna question Witten’s heart?! C’mon man!! Hail!

  16. roofles says: Oct 31, 2010 11:34 AM

    how coked up was mikey when he said this?

  17. Laxer37 says: Oct 31, 2010 11:40 AM

    The Cowboys are irrelevant.
    Please give us more stories about teams that will be watching the playoffs!

  18. brownsfn19 says: Oct 31, 2010 11:45 AM

    Color thing??? I’d bet my house on it…

  19. Der says: Oct 31, 2010 11:49 AM

    Where is the video of Bryant throwing a fit when Kitna threw a bad pass his way? Bryant’s body language sucks. Jerry Jones only enables him.

  20. Viper21 says: Oct 31, 2010 11:51 AM

    Cowboys fan here….. as unpopular as it may be I like Irvin. I like the fact that he says what he feels regardless of who it pisses off. Granted, tough to question Wittens heart. Witten has been a gladiator for Dallas for a number of years now. Having said that, he hasnt been the same this year. Im sure a recent concussion played into that particular play. Before that though… Witten hasnt seemed himself this year….. Whatever “funk” he is in…. has taken over the whole team. Very few playmakers on this team this year…..

  21. Frogfantic says: Oct 31, 2010 11:52 AM

    uh the nfl network is not a major network. just be quiet mikey. Wasn’t Jason Witten the bad ass that ran down the field without his helmet vs. the Eagles.

  22. smootysmoot says: Oct 31, 2010 11:52 AM

    Witten is overrated and might be the worst Athlete at TE in the League. Never seen a guy go down so easy after a catch.

  23. allinSTACKme says: Oct 31, 2010 11:55 AM

    I have a feeling if this were a white commentator praising Whitten & ripping Bryant, we would be hearing from Al Sharpton.

  24. smarterthanyou says: Oct 31, 2010 11:56 AM

    Crack rock makes you go crazy, right Irvin?

  25. Igottz5onit says: Oct 31, 2010 12:01 PM

    I don’t know if this is the right time to play the race card but i definitely think michael irvin should never be paid to open his mouth.

  26. BackToJail4Vick says: Oct 31, 2010 12:02 PM

    Could you imagine if Troy Aikman would praise Jason Witten and rip Dez Bryant? Oh dear.

  27. Reginald says: Oct 31, 2010 12:03 PM

    If a white commentator made this comment and reversed the two players, everyone would be crying racism.
    Yawn.

  28. lamajet says: Oct 31, 2010 12:04 PM

    Surprises me, but I happen to agree with Irvin on this one. it could be unfair to target one guy, Witten, on one play, but who can say that Dallas has been playing with any intensity this year? When the rest of the team plays like they’re entitled to win, Dez looks like a wild beast surrounded by a bunch of softies.

  29. Jay16 says: Oct 31, 2010 12:21 PM

    Ah…Didn’t this guy smoke crack cocaine?
    I actually think Michael Irvin is funny and should be on TV, but him and Deon shouldn’t be taken seriously. Racist? No, I don’t think so but it could be taken that way.
    I think he was overrated as a player though. Just wanted to say that the NFL network spotting him in the top 100 is kind of a joke. He wasn’t anymore of a “playmaker” then Chris Carter, Sterling Sharpe, Art Monk, Andre Reed from his era. One could argue superbowls just can’t make a common sense human think he was a better receiver the Chris Carter or Tim Brown. He just had the bigger mouth.

  30. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Oct 31, 2010 12:25 PM

    Of course Irvin wants to go down on Dez Bryant. He shouldn’t even be a cowgirl. If jerrah had spent the draft pick on an o-lineman like they should have Dez Bryant wouldn’t be a cowgirl and they would probably be winning. Bottom line is that the cowgirls suck and they are going to suck for many years to come. I personally love it, but I can’t stand all you crybaby cowgirls fans whining all the time.

  31. BAtkins63 says: Oct 31, 2010 12:25 PM

    Dang, the things that can be spewed between hits on a crack pipe.

  32. Bill In DC says: Oct 31, 2010 12:45 PM

    # Krashie21 says: October 31, 2010 11:02 AM
    Michael Irvin isn’t wrong. Jason Witten has gone soft, like most of the veterans on that team.
    +++++++++++
    The play occurred in the 4th qtr with Dallas needing to preserve clock, not deliver devastating hits to safeties on the field and keep the clock running. Running OB is exactly what Witten should have done. He’s smart, unlike Irvin

  33. funi says: Oct 31, 2010 1:00 PM

    NFL Netwrok needs to fire Irvin and Dieon! They are pure racist! Every African-American player is great and all white are second rated in their opinion! If Bryant was white and Whitten was black, Irvin would have said nothing! They bring NOTHING to an NFL SHOW! It is all Dallas and nothing else! Marshall Faulk makes Irvin head spins when he talks about football. Or was it becasue Irvin and Sannders had soem communication with him in college!?

  34. The Fighting Wombat says: Oct 31, 2010 1:02 PM

    Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders are two of the biggest @$$clowns that cover the NFL – and played in the League. Their “gansta” mindset does not give either one of them a shred or creditability as “analysts”…unless its about hanging with hookers or doing blow…
    Whiten took the blow to his head a couple of weeks back…and is with a team that is going fast down the crapper. He’s in the NFL’s version of purgatory right now, and wants to win a ring. Hang around a nut house long enough and you’ll want to get away from there before you lose your mind. The guy’s a warrior…someone that I’d want on my team (if I was an owner).

  35. JuicyMelon says: Oct 31, 2010 1:26 PM

    I see or hear Michael Irvin, I change either the channel or the station. Usually I don’t read anything relating to Irvin, but to bash Jason Witten is just stupid.

  36. rbais2 says: Oct 31, 2010 2:01 PM

    MDS, don’t be surprised. Witten likely co-opted with Romo & Jason Garrett to get rid of T.O.!

  37. Magnus the 1st says: Oct 31, 2010 2:47 PM

    Since when do we take seriously what any crackhead says??

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