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Myles Garrett declines to do radio show with Booger McFarland

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Few red flags have been flying regarding former Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett. A new one has suddenly emerged in an unlikely spot.

Garrett declined on Monday to appear as an in-studio guest on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show, once he realized that former NFL defensive lineman Booger McFarland was in the studio.

Later in the day, Garrett appeared on ESPN Radio with Ryan Russillo and Danny Kannel, explaining that Garrett chose not to appear with McFarland because he has shown “negativity” and “bias” toward certain teams and players. So what has McFarland said about Garrett?

“I follow Texas A&M very closely, having worked with the SEC Network,” McFarland said after Garrett decided not to appear on the show, via Ryan Glasspiegel of TheBigLead.com. “Over the last couple years, I’ve followed Myles Garrett. I’ve talked about their team, and their lack of toughness, their lack of physicality. It’s one of the things that I’ve always looked at in Myles Garrett. Everyone looks at the numbers he put up at the Combine. They’re outstanding numbers, and the athletic ability says he’s going to be a Hall of Fame-type player.

“I haven’t always seen the athleticism turn into playmaking ability on the football field, nor have I seen the physicality. To me, that’s the one question I have. So, in a day and age where we’re all watching the Combine saying, ‘Hey there he is, he’s the No. 1 pick, best player ever,’ I’m just a little hesitant. And I always take a step back, because I’ve seen the guy play football.

“He is a tremendous athlete, but being an athlete doesn’t make you a football player. Ask Mike Mamula, who tore up the Combine but couldn’t break an egg in the NFL. I’m not saying Myles Garrett is gonna do that, but I just look at the tape . . . and the tape has said that although he is a tremendous athlete, I just wonder how much does he love playing defensive line and being hit and the collisions that take place time after time. The tape says he’s been hesitant to do that over the last couple years.”

If that’s enough to get Garrett to decline to do an interview, Garrett isn’t going to be doing many interviews, because plenty of people in the media will be scrutinizing his performance — especially: (1) if he’s the first pick in the draft; and (2) he isn’t averaging multiple sacks per game. The better approach would be to confront the critics, to answer their criticism in a tactful way verbally, and to use the criticism as motivation to improve any and all flaws in his on-field performance.

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  1. Bob says: Apr 11, 2017 10:48 AM

    Myles Garrett was invisible when LSU put up 54 points on that terrible Aggies defense Thanksgiving night. Garrett is the Sammy Sosa of defensive line, a guy who racks up great stats in garbage time against garbage opponentes but is invisible against quality competition.

  2. thefan08 says: Apr 11, 2017 10:52 AM

    I have no issue with what Garrett did. In this day and age, the so called talking heads will sometime try and trap a player and when you know the person interviewing you is already going in with a bias, why do it.

    As the player who is about to become the NO. 1 overall pick, avoiding potholes this late in the process is a must. The interview doesn’t help him with teams, at this point teams have already made up their minds on Garrett. But this interview can seriously hurt, especially if McFarland, who will be controlling the interview starts questioning Garrett’s love of football or toughness. Good move Garrett.

  3. Bob Todd says: Apr 11, 2017 10:55 AM

    Why would you do a radio show with someone named Booger? There is usually some truth to why people have their name… right?

  4. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Apr 11, 2017 10:55 AM

    Good for him. BSPN employs so many deplorable scumbags who have ulterior motives and allegiances to certain teams/coaches that they don’t disclose. As a Michigan State Spartan I couldn’t figure out why Todd McShay was constantly saying horrible things about my team a couple years back when we were really good then one day I saw that he was attending Michigan’s signing day as Jim Harbaugh’s special guest.
    If Garrett doesn’t want to appear on air with certain BSPN personalities then that’s his right an no one should have anything to say about it. I’m glad he’s standing up for himself

  5. michaelbot1 says: Apr 11, 2017 10:55 AM

    Averaging multiple sacks a game? So you’re saying if he doesn’t average more than 1 sack per game (16 sacks in a season) he will get criticized? Ok, Florio.

    Maybe he didn’t want to go on the show because he doesn’t like the guy and there is literally no advantage to him going on the show. He’s going to be a top 3 pick regardless of what Mike Greenberg or Booger McFarland say.

  6. waynefontesismyfather says: Apr 11, 2017 10:56 AM

    McFarland on point with his observations of Garrett. No surprise today’s youth, Garrett, run and hide rather than being confronted and man up and give an explanation or their side of the story.

  7. ricko1112 says: Apr 11, 2017 10:56 AM

    Garrett seems to have a knack for putting his foot in is mouth doesn’t he?

    First, he wants to play for the Cowboys.

    Then he says he’s going to “punish” the Browns.

    Now he refuses to do an interview because the interviewer said mean things. It doesn’t matter if they were true on not.

  8. weepingjebus says: Apr 11, 2017 11:02 AM

    If anything says toughness, it’s ducking a meeting because somebody might say something mean to you.

  9. blackula72 says: Apr 11, 2017 11:02 AM

    Maybe he didn’t want to shake hands or get old the pick and flick from Booger McFarland.

  10. ruthlessburgher says: Apr 11, 2017 11:03 AM

    Does Booger McFarland (who had 22.5 sacks in his NFL career), realize that Mike “Couldn’t Break An Egg in the NFL” Mamula had 31.5 sacks in his NFL career? Whoopsie…

  11. Stiller43 says: Apr 11, 2017 11:03 AM

    “(2) he isn’t averaging multiple sacks per game. ”
    _______________

    I realize he has some hype…but averaging MULTIPLE sacks per game? That’s never been done before and never will. Ludicrous comment.

  12. whenwilliteverend says: Apr 11, 2017 11:07 AM

    So he claims he’s going to be the best ever but will only take interviews if they are going to be nice to him? Something tells me the first time he has a bad game he’s going to have a meltdown. I feel sorry for whatever team drafts this guy. It sounds like he’s a prima dona.

  13. meetadam says: Apr 11, 2017 11:13 AM

    Who cares? This guy doesn’t owe us anything. He’ll do thousands of interviews in the future. I actually like him better now because he has some sense.

  14. sceaglesfan says: Apr 11, 2017 11:17 AM

    Not the point of this article but Mamula had 37.5 sacks over his injury shortened career. He would be a multimillionaire if he played today.

  15. chinahand11 says: Apr 11, 2017 11:17 AM

    Anthony “Booger” McFarlane NFL carrier: 109 games, 22.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles.
    Mike Mamula: 77 games, 31.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles.

    Shut up, Boogie.

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 11, 2017 11:19 AM

    Jadaveon Clowney 2.0

  17. theauger says: Apr 11, 2017 11:22 AM

    ruthlessburgher says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:03 AM
    Does Booger McFarland (who had 22.5 sacks in his NFL career), realize that Mike “Couldn’t Break An Egg in the NFL” Mamula had 31.5 sacks in his NFL career? Whoopsie…
    ___________________

    DE/Olb vs DT
    Top 7 pick vs Middle of the first round

    DT(s) aren’t defined by sacks like edge rushers. By most measurements, Booger had the better career.

  18. feckyerlife says: Apr 11, 2017 11:24 AM

    Also Mamula was a DE/OLB, McFarland was a DT, a DT does not generate sacks like a DE/OLB.. but i guess you shouldn’t know better. whoopsie

    ruthlessburgher says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:03 AM
    Does Booger McFarland (who had 22.5 sacks in his NFL career), realize that Mike “Couldn’t Break An Egg in the NFL” Mamula had 31.5 sacks in his NFL career? Whoopsie…

  19. jchipwood says: Apr 11, 2017 11:27 AM

    If he can’t take criticism and learn from it he will have a long way to go in the NFL to be successful.

  20. granadafan says: Apr 11, 2017 11:29 AM

    If you can’t handle one tough interview before you’ve even played a down in the NFL, oh boy. You’re in for a real tough time in the NFL and in national media. No more protection from the real tough school newspaper or the podunk local reporters who are fanboys of the big school team.

    Garrett better pray he’s not on the same team as Ritchie Incognito.

    Those A&M guys sure are full of false bravado.

  21. youcantmakemepickausername says: Apr 11, 2017 11:30 AM

    Maybe he’s waiting until Golic comes back so he can hear things like “Hey Myles, you might not know this because I only bring it up five times per show, but I played with Reggie White and Jerome Brown”.

  22. yesser12 says: Apr 11, 2017 11:34 AM

    “Does Booger McFarland (who had 22.5 sacks in his NFL career), realize that Mike “Couldn’t Break An Egg in the NFL” Mamula had 31.5 sacks in his NFL career? Whoopsie…”

    Booger played with Sapp and Rice, they didn’t ask him to be a sack artist. Booger just had to eat up space and let those two wreck havoc and they did.

  23. chinahand11 says: Apr 11, 2017 11:41 AM

    Well I guess I was wrong about Booger. I own it. Sorry.

  24. bobthebillsfan says: Apr 11, 2017 11:46 AM

    Smart move. How do you call a guy Booger and keep a straight face?

  25. tylawspick6 says: Apr 11, 2017 11:50 AM

    Myles Garrett was invisible when LSU put up 54 points on that terrible Aggies defense Thanksgiving night. Garrett is the Sammy Sosa of defensive line, a guy who racks up great stats in garbage time against garbage opponentes but is invisible against quality competition.

    —————

    Sounds like a top 10 Jets draft pick.

    They’ll trade away 2 or 3 picks ot move up and take this projected bust.

    lol

  26. sbchampsagain says: Apr 11, 2017 11:53 AM

    For what it’s worth, Booger was terrible on Sirius NFL.

  27. blackula72 says: Apr 11, 2017 11:58 AM

    This has nothing to do with toughness. It’s a simple business decision. He is the presumptive number one overall pick. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose. His agent shouldn’t allow him to do anything to jeopardize his standing.

  28. dusthtyrhothdes says: Apr 11, 2017 12:04 PM

    Booger never mentions his 2 super bowl rings nor spews once/hour that he played in the NFL as golic does ad nauseum, so garrett will wait until golic the football god gets back to tell garrett how great golic thinks he was in miami or philly or wherever he can get a free chzburger n beer….spike n spike show is headn down the cliff good for booger to speak his mind on bspn

  29. jonwill57 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:05 PM

    @ruthlessburgher….Does Booger McFarland (who had 22.5 sacks in his NFL career), realize that Mike “Couldn’t Break An Egg in the NFL” Mamula had 31.5 sacks in his NFL career? Whoopsie…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    31 career sacks qualifies for “not breaking an egg” when a team trades up to draft said player. Please read below for some history on why Mamula was a bust (that and the Eagles were stupid)….

    The Philadelphia Eagles traded their first-round draft pick (12th overall), and two second-round selections to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for their first-round draft pick (7th overall) and a third round selection. All picks involved in this trade were in the 1995 NFL Draft. The Eagles then selected Mamula, hoping he would fill the void left by Reggie White two years earlier. The Buccaneers went on to draft Warren Sapp with the 12th pick, and traded the pair of second-round picks for the 28th overall pick in the same draft, which they used to get Derrick Brooks. Essentially, the Eagles passed up on two Hall of Famers for Mamula.

  30. ajgreenhof says: Apr 11, 2017 12:08 PM

    Man this guy is gonna crash and burn in Cleveland if he goes there because they need leadership.

    Not mentally tough enough.

  31. jonwill57 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:08 PM

    @yesser12 says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:34 AM

    “Does Booger McFarland (who had 22.5 sacks in his NFL career), realize that Mike “Couldn’t Break An Egg in the NFL” Mamula had 31.5 sacks in his NFL career? Whoopsie…”

    Booger played with Sapp and Rice, they didn’t ask him to be a sack artist. Booger just had to eat up space and let those two wreck havoc and they did.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Don’t forget Brooks and Lynch

  32. skittlesareyum says: Apr 11, 2017 12:09 PM

    I am confused. Garrett is getting heat in the comments for not going on the radio show, but readers here seem to haaaate players talking instead of playing. You can’t have it both ways.

  33. nflscouting says: Apr 11, 2017 12:09 PM

    So, a player refuses to talk to a reporter who trashed on his team & people say there are “red flags” on Garrett. Yes, his motor is not always 100% but geez folks, if a dog bites you, do you give it a treat. After all, the guy was named Booger for some reason, and I gather it is not complimentary. Just because you have a mic does not give you the right to determine when/if the player wants to talk to you. Maybe ESPN ought to look at all the skeletons in their closet & take a look at the behind the scenes Berman, Steve Smith, etc scandals & air them. Nah, that would be reporting & we all know ESPN is nothing more than a WWE version of the truth – they try real hard to twist things to suit. How’s about their boys mentioned above being in the same boat as Trump & O’Reilly? Sex sells folks, especially if you pay off enough folks under the table. I wonder what the Fox News & ESPN tabs for those “episodes” really are. Keep up the good work

  34. jonwill57 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:10 PM

    @sbchampsagain says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:53 AM
    For what it’s worth, Booger was terrible on Sirius NFL
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    It’s worth exactly zero, especially when paired with motor mouth Ross Tucker who just loves to hear himself talk.

  35. maestro1899 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:10 PM

    theauger says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:22 AM
    ruthlessburgher says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:03 AM
    Does Booger McFarland (who had 22.5 sacks in his NFL career), realize that Mike “Couldn’t Break An Egg in the NFL” Mamula had 31.5 sacks in his NFL career? Whoopsie…
    ___________________

    DE/Olb vs DT
    Top 7 pick vs Middle of the first round

    DT(s) aren’t defined by sacks like edge rushers. By most measurements, Booger had the better career.

    – – – –

    Good post. And to take it one step further, being good at something isn’t a prerequisite to being able to talk about the same thing. So it shouldn’t matter if Mamula was “better” than Booger McFarland or not.

  36. jonwill57 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:16 PM

    @sceaglesfan says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:17 AM
    Not the point of this article but Mamula had 37.5 sacks over his injury shortened career. He would be a multimillionaire if he played today.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Anytime a team trades 3 picks to acquire a player, that player should produce better results. Philly passed on Sapp and Derrick Brook who, as any Eagles fan knows, kicked our ass in the championship game.

  37. gotitan says: Apr 11, 2017 12:19 PM

    He has plenty to gain. He can man up to face a critic or he can do as he did and be bashed for it, as on this site and otherwise.

  38. jonwill57 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:21 PM

    @ blackula72 says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:58 AM
    This has nothing to do with toughness. It’s a simple business decision. He is the presumptive number one overall pick. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose. His agent shouldn’t allow him to do anything to jeopardize his standing.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Weak! Those who talk the most coming into the league generally do the worst. Here’s the thing you don’t get…while he’s supposedly not “jeopardizing his standing” guess what will happen over the next 3 weeks…”Myles, why wouldn’t you do the interview with McFarland?” “Will you decline interviews with anyone who criticizes your play?” “Why wouldn’t you face your critic?” You see, it’s not going to easily go away.

  39. iman62 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:22 PM

    I’m sure Booger is just trying to create some controversy to up his name at espn. Why should Garrett help him with that? He’s not getting paid for it.

  40. jonwill57 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:23 PM

    @ blackula72 says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:58 AM
    This has nothing to do with toughness. It’s a simple business decision. He is the presumptive number one overall pick. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose. His agent shouldn’t allow him to do anything to jeopardize his standing.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Weak response! Those who talk the most coming into the league generally do the worst. Here’s the thing you don’t get…while he’s supposedly not “jeopardizing his standing” guess what will happen over the next 3 weeks…”Myles, why wouldn’t you do the interview with McFarland?” “Will you decline interviews with anyone who criticizes your play?” “Why wouldn’t you face your critic?” You see, it’s not going to easily go away.

  41. jonwill57 says: Apr 11, 2017 12:28 PM

    @patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:19 AM
    Jadaveon Clowney 2.0
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^You could not be more wrong! Clowney had severe injuries and came back from them. This kid has disappeared in big games and has not been injured. Cleveland should trade the pick or pick a different player!

  42. worldizending says: Apr 11, 2017 12:34 PM

    michaelbot1 says:
    Apr 11, 2017 10:55 AM
    Averaging multiple sacks a game? So you’re saying if he doesn’t average more than 1 sack per game (16 sacks in a season) he will get criticized? Ok, Florio.
    ———————————————————–
    I would be happy with a guy who could get 1.5 sacks a game. anyone would love a 12 sack guy.

  43. stuvian says: Apr 11, 2017 1:12 PM

    Garrett has already had a better NFL career than Booger

  44. sidepull says: Apr 11, 2017 1:18 PM

    Dont be such a snowflake softie. You get criticized. You can debate it you know? Its a mistake. You shoulda done the interview.

  45. abninf says: Apr 11, 2017 1:35 PM

    Garrett is still in the college mindset. He thinks he can avoid opinions he doesn’t like by running to a safe space.

  46. madddogg365 says: Apr 11, 2017 1:45 PM

    Guess he didn’t want to get picked on by The Booger.

  47. johnjackguy says: Apr 11, 2017 1:54 PM

    Who wants to talk to a guy named Booger anyways? Lol

  48. jonwill57 says: Apr 11, 2017 2:29 PM

    Anthony Darelle “Booger” McFarland …put some respek on it! Oh, for the grammer/spelling police…respect.

  49. randomcommenter says: Apr 11, 2017 2:41 PM

    Sheltered millennial needing a safe space when he meets a differing opinion or criticism.

  50. dietrich43 says: Apr 11, 2017 3:15 PM

    How did McFarland become a big enough name in journalism, that not going on his show is news? McFarland was a good player. He’s a lousy journalist. Most of his stick is bragging about himself.

  51. drcap says: Apr 11, 2017 3:44 PM

    This is America. Garrett, who is currently not on the payroll of an NFL team, nor in any way obligated to ESPN, has the right to accept or decline invitations to be an unpaid guest on a radio show.

    This is a non-story. Nobody cares what some blowhard named Booger thinks.

  52. stairwayto7 says: Apr 11, 2017 3:51 PM

    This cupcake will fit in perfectly with the Browns!

  53. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2017 3:54 PM

    “I ain’t sittin on a seat next to a large Booger!”.

  54. TheDPR says: Apr 11, 2017 4:11 PM

    Mamula didn’t have a bad NFL career…if he had been picked in the 4th round. His problem wasn’t that he was a bad player. It was that he was a huge reach as a combine warrior. If you’re going to make comparisons, make them for the correct reason and with accurate data, Boog.

  55. steeelfann0155 says: Apr 11, 2017 5:18 PM

    Mamula = 31.5 career sacks in only 5 years
    Booger McFarland = 22.5 career sacks in 9 years

    Mamula fumble recoveries = 6 in 5 years
    “booger” = 6 in 9 years

    Mamula career tackles = 156 in 5 years
    McFarland career tackles = 170 in 9 years

    “Can’t break an egg” “Booger” ? Really, let’s talk about you.

  56. blackula72 says: Apr 13, 2017 8:32 AM

    jonwill57 says:
    Apr 11, 2017 12:23 PM
    @ blackula72 says:
    Apr 11, 2017 11:58 AM
    This has nothing to do with toughness. It’s a simple business decision. He is the presumptive number one overall pick. He has nothing to gain and everything to lose. His agent shouldn’t allow him to do anything to jeopardize his standing.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Weak response! Those who talk the most coming into the league generally do the worst. Here’s the thing you don’t get…while he’s supposedly not “jeopardizing his standing” guess what will happen over the next 3 weeks…”Myles, why wouldn’t you do the interview with McFarland?” “Will you decline interviews with anyone who criticizes your play?” “Why wouldn’t you face your critic?” You see, it’s not going to easily go away.
    ///////////////////////////
    No common sense comment. Anyone that would pass up potential contract dollars to “interview” with a trained media personality with a biased agenda is a fool. Myles get every dollar you can while you can. You never know when a career injury can happen. I guess judging by a lot of comments nowadays you can prove your toughness by running your mouth. If he wants he can interview with him AFTER THE DRAFT!

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