The Booger McFarland-Myles Garrett rift on Monday morning continued into the late afternoon on The Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN.
It all started with host Paul Finebaum asking McFarland about the interview Garrett turned down at the last minute. McFarland told Finebaum the defensive end was scheduled to make a guest appearance on ESPN’s Mike and Mike on Monday morning since last week, but when Garrett learned McFarland was guest hosting, he declined to be interviewed.
Garrett explained on another ESPN show, Russillo and Kanell, that he declined to be interviewed by McFarland because he has been highly critical of him, specifically his run defense, in the past.
McFarland reiterated those criticisms late Monday afternoon.
“When you have freakish athletic ability such as Myles Garrett, when you are a freak of nature, the film should say that also,” he said on the The Paul Finebaum Show. “The film doesn’t say he’s a freak of nature. The film says, sometimes he doesn’t bring it all the time.”
McFarland also called Texas A&M’s run defense soft. It’s important to note, though (which McFarland didn’t) that Garrett was hurt most of last season and played through injury. The defensive end has publicly claimed himself that that’s a major reason why it looked like he may have “taken plays off.”
Regardless, the relationship between these two former SEC players appears to be turning into an all-out feud. McFarland was also very critical late Monday afternoon of Garrett’s choice to decline to be interviewed at the last moment.
“It’s a mistake when you are the presumptive No. 1 overall pick to back out of an interview on a national television stage when people are waiting to talk to you because here’s what it says: ‘Well, if you can’t talk to a country boy from Louisiana on a radio show, then how are you going to deal with Mary Kay Cabot from the Cleveland Plain Dealer when she writes an article about you that you aren’t living up to what you’re supposed to be?’ How are you going to deal with that? How are you going to deal with the national pundits saying you’re not J.J. Watt or you’re not living up to what you’re supposed to be?”