Cowboys legend Michael Irvin appreciates the Dallas-Washington rivalry like few other players can. But he wasn't impressed with shoving and trash talking between Redskins corner Josh Norman and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant on Thanksgiving.
Irving said as much on Sunday's NFL GameDay Morning. The conversation started with Kurt Warner objecting to Norman claiming Bryant only had three catches against him.
"That's the stuff that becomes so much about me, me, me, me, me and what did I do, when this is a we game, this is a team game," Irvin said.
But the five-time Pro Bowler pointed out what he believes is a bigger problem with Norman: Every week, the Redskins' corner is fueding with someone new. And he's the common denominator.
"We don't talk about this enough with Josh Norman. Watch the stuff that Josh Norman has done on the football field," Irvin said. "We spend so much time talking about Odell Beckham that we don't talk about all the extra stuff. Picking people up, bodyslamming people, [Norman] did that both times in the battle against Odell Beckham. This time, he's grabbing Dez's foot, twisting his foot.
"It's like 'Come on man, play the game of football.' You got talent, you want to be a shutdown corner, shut it down on the football field between the whistles. Don't be doing all of that junk.
"Every week it's something. One week Josh is arguing about the referee 88, now this week it's Dez Bryant 88, I don't know who it's going to be what 88 next week. Just play football."
In Bryant's case, Irvin wondered why he'd even want to talk about his matchup with Norman. He wasn't all that effective.
"Not just Josh, Dez is going to put out film where he shows he was beating Josh. They didn't throw you the ball! I don't want to see that. It doesn't matter," Irvin said.
"Let's be real here, all Dez should have said was 'I won the game, man. We won the game, we're 10-1 and we're moving on.'"
Needless to say, Irvin was never the shy and retiring type himself. So when he says you've gone too far, well, he's probably right.
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