Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco committed three turnovers in a 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night, sparking a back-and-forth conversation about the quarterback between NFL Network analysts Michael Irvin and Steve Smith Sr.
Irvin claimed Michael Crabtree may be the first wide receiver Flacco could trust since Anquan Boldin, who played three seasons for the Ravens from 2010-12. Of course, Smith also played three seasons in Baltimore, from 2014-16, and he didn’t take Irvin’s comments too kindly:
Michael Irvin said Joe Flacco hasn’t had a WR he can trust since Anquan Boldin.
Steve Smith let Irvin know that he was wrong, and his routes were 🚮
— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) September 14, 2018
“I got a doctorate in route running,” said Smith, who ranks seventh all-time with 14,731 receiving yards, far ahead of the No. 27-ranked Irvin (11,904). “You got an associate’s degree, playa. That’s community college.”
Smith Sr wasn’t here for the disrespect on live television and the g check was warranted. Smith only played seven games in 2015, but he still caught 46 passes for 670 yards and three scores. In the final year of his career, he snared 70 balls for 799 yards and five touchdowns. The wide receiver finished his career with 1,031 catches for 14,731 yards and 81 touchdowns, total numbers that blow away Irvin’s career numbers.