Ever since A.J. Brown and Jalen Hurts got into a heated, fiery exchange on the sideline on Thursday, everybody in the NFL world has since offered their opinions on the spat. While the Eagles have since offered to keep everything in-house, after Philadelphia’s 34-28 win over the Vikings in Week 2, Brown has come out of this situation looking like the bad guy.
While we won’t speculate on what transpired here, as the Eagles have since detailed “competitive fire,” as leading to the exchange, Brown hauled in just four receptions for 29 yards in the team’s win over Minnesota. This came after he had seven catches for 79 yards in the team’s season–opening victory over New England in Week 1.
Regardless of the root cause of the argument, Michael Irvin was not having it on the set of Undisputed Friday.
“What I saw on the sideline, and I’ve always been careful with this, even what A.J. Brown was doing, I’ve always told players, ‘Don’t do that. Don’t do that unless you are balling out. Unless you’re ready to go make plays,’” Irvin said, via The New York Post.
“Because now, when you’re coming on the sideline, it’s a selfish look. Selfish look. Especially if you’re winning, ‘it’s just about me, just about me.'”
.@MichaelIrvin88 reacts to A.J. Brown & Jalen Hurts heated exchange in Eagles win vs. Vikings:
“I’ve always told players don’t do that, it’s a selfish look. Especially if you’re winning.” pic.twitter.com/hK88MdTQxC
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 15, 2023
Irvin said he understands Brown’s frustration, but he doesn’t think he should’ve handled it that way. Brown left the stadium without talking to reporters, leaving Hurts to answer for his actions. What effect this has on the Eagles remains to be seen, but Brown is a key part of the defending NFC champion’s offense, no matter how you look at it.