Skip Bayless unveiled FS1’s new look for their early morning show “Undisputed” by naming three new co-hosts: Michael Irvin, Richard Sherman, and Keyshawn Johnson.
The show has a new look since former co-host Shannon Sharpe left in a public dispute with Bayless. After months of scrambling, the FS1 flagship has found its footing, with the debate show growing to include three former NFL stars.
All the new hosts bring a mixture of sports knowledge and entertainment to the screen. The eclectic group will bring fireworks to the debates, and the debut episode did not disappoint.
Michael Irvin and Richard Sherman Get Into It
Well, that didn’t take long. Irvin and Sherman had a heated exchange surrounding advice Irvin, the former star receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, gave current Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb.
Richard Sherman said Michael Irvin gave ceedee lamb bad advice because he told him to learn how to catch the ball with your body instead of your hands & Michael Irvin went off 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/Ekc3tYbVHG
— Shannonnn sharpes Burner (PARODY Account) (@shannonsharpeee) August 28, 2023
Irvin instructed the Cowboys receiver to use his body to make a catch when surrounded by multiple defenders, bracing for the contact to come. Most coaches advise players to catch the ball with their hands, away from their bodies, so it was not surprising to see Sherman jump in and question Irvin’s advice.
Sherman said, “That’s the worst advice I’ve ever heard from a receiver,” which prompted Irvin, a Hall of Famer, to jump up from the desk and defend himself and his credentials over the years as one of the better receivers to ever play football at a collegiate or professional level.
Sherman, who played receiver at Stanford, had one of the best pairs of hands at the NFL level during his playing career. He quickly reminded Irvin that he had more interceptions than any other player during his career.
In theory, most would agree with Sherman that if you can catch the ball with your hands rather than your body, you should use your hands.
As with many things, the devil is in the details, and co-host and former Pro Bowl receiver Keyshawn Johnson played peacemaker, attempting to provide context to what Irvin was explaining.
Johnson explained the natural inclination is for the body to tense up and embrace the hit when surrounded by multiple defenders. This reaction causes the ball to slip through the WR’s hands and into the waiting arms of a defensive back for a tipped interception.
Johnson backed up “The Playmaker,” stating in these situations, the receiver’s best course of action is to catch the ball in their body since they know they are about to get hit. While cooler heads prevailed, this won’t be the last fiery exchange from the new-look Undisputed team.