NFL Legend Michael Irvin Rips Texans' Bill O'Brien For DeAndre Hopkins Trade

Three-Time Super Bowl Champ Joined 'Joe And Evan' Friday

Joe & Evan
March 20, 2020 - 4:43 pm

Dallas Cowboys legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin joined Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on WFAN Friday afternoon to break down the DeAndre Hopkins trade from the Houston Texans to the Arizona Cardinals, Todd Gurley signing with the Atlanta Falcons, Tom Brady joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and more.

"When you are blessed to be in the presence of greatness like Bill Belichick," Irvin said. "You should take as many crumbs off that table as you can and take those crumbs to wherever you go. But you have to know how to implement those crumbs with you as you can't try to be Bill Belichick. You are an individual and Bill Belichick is able to do certain things because of his resume of winning.

Hopkins, a four-time Pro Bowler, is coming off his third straight 1,000-yard receiving season.

"People will get on board because they know what he has done works," Irvin continued. You can't just say well, 'I've worked with Bill so I'm going to take these crumbs and implement them over here' and make everybody eat these crumbs because you don't walk in with that same cache. You haven't won anything yet."

The Texans traded Hopkins and a late-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick.

"You went and got a third trade on a running back," Irvin said. "When everybody else is talking about the diminishing position of running back, you went and gave up one of the best players in the NFL to trade for your third running back after you traded for Duke Johnson, after you traded for Carlos Hyde. That is incredible. Instead of trying to justify the trade, just say man, I'm not good at what I do."

It's been a busy NFL offseason with free agency starting on Wednesday. Running back Todd Gurley agreed to a contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, a day after he was released by the Los Angeles Rams.

The deal is a one-year, $6 million contract, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing that," Irvin described. "I know they played him sparingly during the season and tried to turn it on at the end of the season. Todd Gurley went along with it last season but he really wanted the load. I can't even tell you where that knee must be, where that injury must be.

Gurley's usage last season was down from 2018, when he rushed for 1,251 yards and scored a league-high 21 touchdowns. Gurley rushed for a career-low 857 yards in 2019, which led to questions about injury issues with his left knee.

"If he can get back anywhere near where he was when he was Offensive Player of the Year and add anything near that to the Atlanta Falcons, boy they got something," Irvin explained. "Because he's such a threat out of the backfield and then you gotta worry about Julio Jones going up the field. I mean, it could be incredible. It's all about how much does he have left in that knee.