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Michael Irvin says Garrett’s ‘compete period’ sends wrong message

Hall of Famer Michael Irvin doesn’t like how Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett uses his “compete period” in training camp practices.
Hall of Famer Michael Irvin doesn’t like how Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett uses his “compete period” in training camp practices. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

OXNARD, Calif. Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin visited camp Wednesday and the Hall of Famer shook his head in a disapproving manner when witnessing coach Jason Garrett’s “compete period” in practice.

The “compete period” highlights one-on-one battles in front of the entire team, putting the players on a stage to up the intensity.

Irvin doesn’t like the “compete period.” He says it sends the wrong message. He said they should be competing throughout practice, not just during the “compete period.”

“Subliminally, it means I got other times I don’t have to compete,” Irvin said. “I don’t like that. You compete period. I don’t need to call it a compete period. Compete period. That’s how you win. That’s what you got to create out here.”

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