By Miles Liatos Sports Radio KJR
Mike Holmgren had something to say about Bruce Irvin and Adderall on his weekly visit with Mitch Monday morning.
He said the players know what they are getting themselves into when they take PEDs banned by the NFL, but they are willing to “roll the dice.” Holmgren said his daughter, who is a doctor, told him signs of Adderall leave the body in a week. Players are therefore able to take the stimulant with only some risk of being suspended.
Holmgren said he dealt with a similar situation in Cleveland with a player he didn’t identify. The player said he had taken Adderall, but told Holmgren he didn’t know it was a banned substance. Holmgren said that’s what all players have told him after being found to have taken a banned substance.
“It doesn’t matter if you don’t know. Ignorance is not an excuse,” Holmgren said. “They do it because they think they’re not going to get caught and they like the feeling.”
Mitch then asked Holmgren how a coach is to deal with a suspended player like Irvin. Holmgren said he couldn’t fine the player any money, but he could “Scare the heck out of him,” by giving him a kind of ultimatum.
“If he does it again … If he doesn’t care about me, if he doesn’t care about his teammates, I don’t want [him] here,” Holmgren said.
Mitch pointed out Carroll is a player’s coach, and questioned if such a mentality can be detrimental to a team. But Holmgren said trust is important in a player-coach relationship.
“When they get farther from arm’s length from you, all you can do is educate them the best way you can, and then pray for them,” he said. “Because they’re going to be out there and they’re eventually going to have to make choices themselves.”
Mike Holmgren was on the air for his weekly segment during the 9am hour.