On the first day of practice in pads on Tuesday, the New York Giants erupted into a full team brawl after a late hit. The outcome certainly wasn’t what the organization had in mind for what should’ve been a normal offseason practice.
Many were concerned that something like the fight could’ve happened so early in camp, but Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin took a different approach to the matter. The NFL Network analyst delivered a full-scale testimony on why the Giants’ coaching staff should be thrilled at seeing the team so competitive in early August.
“And the Giants on the first day of pads are out here competing so they end up in a brawl. Are you joking? That is incredible…” Irvin said passionately. “… Because if you’re competing at practice, on what I call the battleground, you’re going to have so much fun and win on what I call the playground, on game day. That was incredible. I love the Giants fighting on the first day of pads.
“And everyone saw this incorrectly. You got to see this the right way. Then I said ‘Michael, that’s why God has you on TV to bring it to ’em right.’ Yeah, I gave it to you right.”
Here’s the full clip of Irvin’s impassioned speech, which is an absolute must-watch:
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Michael Irvin loved that the New York Giants got in a brawl earlier this week pic.twitter.com/gTtm5lqsQg
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First of all, this is an all-time “football guy” rant, so props to Irvin on the delivery. This should be playing on loop for the next 24 hours.
Apart from the theatrics, Irvin makes a valid point. The Giants coaching staff very well could’ve seen the passion that erupted on the field on Tuesday as a positive sign from the team. If New York’s players were willing to escalate the situation that far in practice, once the season starts they should be amped to get on the field.
However, Joe Judge clearly wanted to send a message to his team that while hunger and desire can be positive traits, fighting will ultimately result in consequences on game day. The Giants head coach had his team run 100-yard sprints at the end of the practice to get his point across.
Judge did say after the fact that what happened on the field, stayed on the field.
“When we walked off the field yesterday, there wasn’t any carryover in the locker room, the cafeteria, or anywhere,” Judge told reporters. “The lesson has to be to eliminate penalties, bad football, and take away anything that puts us in a position to be penalized.”
The Giants coaching staff obviously wanted to get the point across that fighting in-house won’t be tolerated. The team will need to show some growth moving forward headed into an important year, but still need to bring that fire that gets Irvin so pumped up.