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The Seahawks DK Metcalf wide receiver may have full party Michael Jordan on Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, but the coach insists he only tried to show respect on Monday night.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday morning, Schwartz said he was trying to give Metcalf a compliment when he presented first-team All-Pro Calvin Johnson three times as second-year wide receiver.
“In my mind, it’s a little funny. Anytime you say someone’s name in the same sentence as Calvin Johnson, I don’t know how you can take offenset », declared Schwartz, via ESPN’s Tim McManus. « [I] Said I read his story, knew he got over an injury, he knew he was a worker, he reminded me a bit of Calvin, praised him after the game. And at the time, he said to me, ‘Hey, thank you coach, that means a lot to me.’ ”
And yet, apparently, Metcalf found Schwartz’s words so motivating that he had no choice but to score a 177-yard reception.
“If anyone wants to take offense at being compared to who I think is one of the greatest players in National Football League history, then yes – if you get your motivation that way, so good, ”Schwartz said. “But we’re not going to worry too much about it.”
If anyone were to feel any sort of solution to this comparison, Schwartz said it should be Johnson. Schwartz was Johnson’s head coach in Detroit from 2009 to 2013, the peak of offshore career.
“You just have to understand how much I hold Calvin in high regard,” Schwartz said. “The greatest honor of my coaching career has been coaching this guy day in and day out. He means a lot to my kids and my family and everything in between. So I tried to give a guy a compliment.
Schwartz’s comments to Metcalf probably wouldn’t have offended most people under normal circumstances. But that’s how some athletes like to find their motivation. Like George Karl at the restaurant with Jordan, Schwartz may have offended Metcalf no matter what he said or didn’t say.