Jim Schwartz: I was trying to pay DK Metcalf a compliment

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Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf may have gone full Michael Jordan on Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, but the coach insists he was only trying to show some respect on Monday night.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday morning, Schwartz said he was trying to pay Metcalf a compliment when he brought up three-time, first-team All-Pro Calvin Johnson to the second-year wide receiver.

“In my mind, it’s a little bit funny. Anytime you even speak somebody’s name in the same sentence as Calvin Johnson, I don’t know how you can take offense to that,” Schwartz said, via ESPN’s Tim McManus. “[I] said I’d read his story, knew he’d overcome injury, knew he was a had worker, said he reminded me a little bit of Calvin, congratulated him after the game. And at the time he told me, ‘Hey, thanks coach, that means a lot to me.'”

And yet, apparently Metcalf found Schwartz’s words so motivating that he had no choice but to put up a career high 177 yards receiving.

“If anybody wants to take offense to being compared to who I think is one of the greatest players in the history of the National Football League, then yeah — if you get your motivation that way, then fine,” Schwartz said. “But we’re not going to worry too much about that.”

If anyone should feel some kind of way about that comparison, Schwartz said it should be Johnson. Schwartz was Johnson’s head coach in Detroit from 2009-2013, the prime of the wideout’s career.

“You just have to understand just how much esteem I hold Calvin in,” Schwartz said. “The greatest honor of my coaching career was coaching that guy day in and day out. He’s meant a lot to my kids and my family and everything else. So I tried to pay a guy a compliment.”

Schwartz’s comments to Metcalf probably wouldn’t have offended most people under normal circumstances. But this is just how some athletes like to draw their motivation. Like George Karl at the restaurant with Jordan, Schwartz might have offended Metcalf no matter what he did or didn’t say.

18 responses to “Jim Schwartz: I was trying to pay DK Metcalf a compliment

  1. Not that DK needs any motivation to be great, but if you understand anything at all about the true competitor’s mindset, Jim, your comments would have *obviously* given DK an extra edge. It might be wise to keep your mouth shut next time, my friend.

  2. Most of that stuff is over sensationalized. If DK got “ extra motivation “ and somehow decided to be “ extra explosive “ because of a few comments in the media, I’d be mad if I were in the Seahawks organization that he couldn’t find that level every week. Guys don’t become professional athletes because they pick some random comment from a defensive coordinator on a random week and decide that’s the time they are going to put up career games. The situation during the game dictated that he was able to have a good game and kudos to him for being able to capitalize on it.

  3. Well, he wasn’t being compared to Megatron was he? Didn’ Schwartz say, “You’re no Megatron?” That’s not a compliment. A compliment would be, “you remind me of Megatron”

  4. As a very young player, he may not have realized who Calvin Johnson was! I’m sure he’s since been educated!

  5. I love D.K. Guy is unbelievable, but don’t give me the competitor mindset crap. This is your second year in the league, don’t expect people to say you’re already better than one of the greatest receivers of all time. This is so beyond moronic I can’t believe anyone with a half a brain would defend Metcalfs stance on this. The fact that Schwartz even has to answer questions about this when he was innocently complimenting him to the highest degree is some real symbolism of the world were living in today

  6. joshiewashie says:
    December 2, 2020 at 10:32 am
    Most of that stuff is over sensationalized. If DK got “ extra motivation “ and somehow decided to be “ extra explosive “ because of a few comments in the media, I’d be mad if I were in the Seahawks organization that he couldn’t find that level every week. Guys don’t become professional athletes because they pick some random comment from a defensive coordinator on a random week and decide that’s the time they are going to put up career games. The situation during the game dictated that he was able to have a good game and kudos to him for being able to capitalize on it.
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    Maybe DK finds something like this every week to motivate himself. Jordan actually made things up in his head to the point that he had a chip on his shoulder that didn’t actually exist. And you’re going to be mad at him for that? DK is being talked about among the best WR in the game, and he’s in his second year. Obviously something he’s doing is working, but go ahead and stay mad.

  7. Just like Jordan did in the finals, some players will look for whatever snub or motivation they need to spark a fire.

  8. Have a feeling DK is going to quickly turn into yet another Diva WR that burns out quick as he starts to believe all of his own press clippings.

    Follow the Larry Fitzgerald model son, not the Antonio Brown model.

  9. Shouldnt Metcalf be happy hes in the position hes in and happy to play with russ? Why be so offended by everything eagles? Unless he really wishes he was in Philly instead? If I worked for a company that was successful, I would just be happy. I wouldn’t try to throw it in everyone else’s face that didn’t hire me.

  10. So did we all just agree that Shwartz doesn’t lie anymore and this time he is telling the truth?

  11. The whole thing is dumb. If DK had a horrible game, would he have come out afterward and said anything about a perceived slight? No.

  12. Thins is why you don’t talk to the opposing players or coaches BEFORE a game.

    Feel free to talk after the game is over. Schwartz caused his own problems.

  13. bkinacti0n says:
    December 2, 2020 at 11:06 am
    joshiewashie says:
    December 2, 2020 at 10:32 am
    Most of that stuff is over sensationalized. If DK got “ extra motivation “ and somehow decided to be “ extra explosive “ because of a few comments in the media, I’d be mad if I were in the Seahawks organization that he couldn’t find that level every week. Guys don’t become professional athletes because they pick some random comment from a defensive coordinator on a random week and decide that’s the time they are going to put up career games. The situation during the game dictated that he was able to have a good game and kudos to him for being able to capitalize on it.
    __________

    Maybe DK finds something like this every week to motivate himself. Jordan actually made things up in his head to the point that he had a chip on his shoulder that didn’t actually exist. And you’re going to be mad at him for that? DK is being talked about among the best WR in the game, and he’s in his second year. Obviously something he’s doing is working, but go ahead and stay mad.

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    I’m not mad. In fact, as I said before, kudos to him for being able to exploit the eagles defensive scheme. Maybe if DK could’ve found that “ extra motivation “ or that “ Jordan mentality “ against Ramsey, he would’ve had more of an impact. I doubt Schwartz’ comments had anything to do with DK’s outcome when the final seconds ticked off.

  14. If they want to, players can find motivation in anything they want. Good on Metcalf for using Schwartz’s words to motivate him.

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