Cowboys legend and NFL Network panelist Michael Irvin paid his weekly visit to 105.3 The Fan’s G Bag Nation on Tuesday and talked about America’s Team. Here are some highlights:
What was your first reaction to Brice Butler’s comments?
Michael Irvin: Wow. You guys saw the interview where he said, “If I’m not starting, I’m not here, and I think I can do all the things better than Dez (Bryant).” I said wow. But the business is this, I guess. I guess everybody becomes a star in this league now. It doesn’t really matter that you’ve had a few years in the league and haven’t really matured and haven’t really materialized and taken over the league.
Thoughts on Brice Butler’s opinions on the Cowboys’ offense not allowing receivers to flourish?
Irvin: How can we say that? We just watched them go 13-3. I get amazed when things didn’t go right, and all that went on with this season, and all that went on with [Ezekiel Elliott]. I’d rather those guys be talking now about what happened with Zeke and all of that. Now, I do get concerned from this standpoint: If Brice Butler’s saying that, where’s he getting it from? Brice Butler ain’t man enough to get out there talking like that. He ain’t being smart enough right now. Why should I offer you a whole bunch of money to come to my team when you’re damning the team you just left? Who’s giving him this advice? I hear a lot of that, and I think it’s just frustration coming out, and he’s probably perpetuating others’ frustration because he’s never been on that stage anyway. Why was he frustrated? You were frustrated too? What the hell have you ever done that we’re supposed to throw you the ball every snap right now? I call all of that hog wash.
If you were Dez Bryant, how would you handle communicating with Brice Butler?
Irvin: Dez has got to be mature about this. Nobody’s going to talk about Brice Butler. If Dez picks up the phone and starts something with Brice Butler, we’re making Brice Butler more famous than he needs to be. You let that ride, and you focus on what you can control, and you focus on getting better and getting ready for a season. Brice Butler’s obviously talking like he won’t be here… I’m not in practice every day to see him possibly beat out Terrance Williams, and not have a chance, but I talk with people, and I know what they’ve thought about him. I know what they’ve been trying to do with him. I know they’ve been trying to pull the real dog out of him, but if he thinks the real dog is in him, then maybe he should go somewhere else and find out.