Michael Irvin defends his recent rant against offensive linemen
Michael Irvin raised some eyebrows by suggesting on Sunday that it’s easy to be an offensive lineman in the NFL. Despite receiving some blow back for his hot take, the NFL Network analyst is sticking to his theory.
Irvin originally made his comments during Sunday’s pregame coverage on “NFL Gameday.”
“Playing OL is as easy as anything… It’s not like playing WR” WR’s giving advice on blocking @michaelirvin88 @OLineWorld65 @geoffschwartz Happy Sunday pic.twitter.com/06HEKOh85Y
— R.E.P.S. (@LINEMEN_R_E_P_S) November 19, 2017
“Playing offensive line is easy as anything,” Irvin said. “Stand there for three seconds; you’re three hundred pounds, they’re three hundred pounds; stay in front of him for three seconds, and you one day can get $300 million.”
Irvin arguably underplays the myriad nuances of playing any offensive line position, much less the technical expertise necessary to excel at the challenging job of battling it out in the trenches. But such sentiments clearly are not held by Irvin, who stood by his original critique during an interview this week.
“People are going crazy about the truth I gave them,” Irvin said on 105.3 FM The Fan, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “Most guys are 300 pounds, standing in front of a 300-pounder and we really only ask you to stand in front of him for 3 seconds. “I can’t believe he said…” – tell me where I’m lying. How difficult is it? I’m not saying it’s not difficult but I’m saying for 3 seconds whether you’ve got technique or not.”
So, Irvin in the same breath makes the case that playing offensive line is easy but goes on to say he’s not saying it’s not difficult. Got it.