Dez Bryant Criticized
Dez Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys receiver, draws much criticism for two sideline tantrums while Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson nears an NFL record. Cowboys lose 31-30!
From the outset, I must be clear and upfront on my commentary:
- I’m a Oklahoma State University Alumni
- I’m a long-time supporter of Dez Bryant the football player
- I’m an offensive minded former NFL quarterback
- I’m a product of the Al Davis football school — “Just Win”
- This is about football, not about etiquette.
When I first met the NFL legend Al Davis, he cornered me in the Raiders training room and asked this question: “What do you think about the philosophy… take what they give you?”
I had just begun to give my thesis explanation to agree with the “take what they give you” philosophy, when Mr. Davis stopped me in the middle of a sentence by saying, “Awe F*ck that… you’re a Raider now and we take what the F*ck we want!”
For the first time in my football life, I witnessed greatness.
Hall of Fame members Howie Long, Marcus Allen, and should-be-Hall of Fame talent like Bo Jackson were among a select few that could — single-handedly — change the outcome of a game.
Dez Bryant is one of those talents.
Throughout my career, I played with good receivers… but this Dez Bryant… he is one of the most dominant talents ever!
I don’t care if Dez Bryant is labeled as immature… that stuff deals with his personal life and has nothing to do with gameday. It does make for interesting media soundbites and conversation, but this is about football… and winning.
I’m a lifelong quarterback, and until I met Al Davis, every coach had taught the “take what they give you” philosophy. Simply put: “don’t throw the ball to players covered by defenders”.
With a Dez Bryant, coverage doesn’t matter… just pick the best spot so he has an equal chance and throw it. Don’t worry that Dez Bryant is covered, throw it anyway.
Dez Bryant Blows Steam
After only catching two passes – one was an incredible one-handed touchdown - Dez Bryant looked to Romo for the ball on a 3rd down play and Tony bypassed Bryant again, opting for a pass attempt on the other side of the field, which was dropped.
Dez Bryant blew his stack and ran to confront Romo on the sideline.
Some of his disgust (passion) was directed toward Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, Head Coach Jason Garrett, Wide Receivers Coach Derek Dooley, Quarterbacks Coach Wade Wilson, Tight End Jason Witten, and DE DeMarcus Ware.
NFL cameras captured the scene as it unfolded.
Dez Bryant I'm Rollin with u!! I love the passion
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) October 29, 2013
You may disagree with Dez Bryant, or his actions, but don’t let that “scene” mask the real issue.
Three catches is the issue. On this day, when Dez Bryant touched the ball, he scored 67% of the time and gained an average of 24 yards per touch. Three catches. Really? Even if you’re on dope, three touches is a crime, punishable by Dez opting for free-agency and a quarterback that understands the Al Davis “Just Win” philosophy.
Deion Sanders Take On Dez Bryant
On the NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Highlights” show, former Cowboy Deion Sanders said, ”I like the kid… at certain times he shows immaturity, but let me tell you something… you can’t want the passion, and the mental toughness, and his aggressiveness on the field, but you don’t want it off the field.” “I guarantee you he (Dez) is yelling about the way his team is performing and his lack of ball distribution.”
Sanders added, “If you know that ball is not coming to you, when you know it is supposed to be coming to you, oh, we have a problem.” “I guarantee you, you can’t ask for his passion, and his intensity in certain areas of the game, but you don’t want it when it’s really going down.” “It’s Okay for the quarterback to get on everybody, but it’s not Okay for the receiver?” “He’s the only guy on that team that plays with that kind of passion.”
Calvin Johnson Praised, Dez Bryant Shunned
While the majority is praising Calvin Johnson’s 14 catch performance, Dez Bryant is being shunned for not getting the ball!
Dez Bryant finished with only 3 catches, despite recording 72 yards and two touchdowns.
On the other sideline, the Detroit Lions and Matt Stafford were appropriately feeding the pigskin to Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. Calvin finished with 14 catches for 329 yards (7 yards short of an NFL record) 1 Touchdown, and 1 fumble.
Dez Bryant averaged 24 yards per catch; Calvin Johnson averaged 23.5 per catch.
Dallas didn’t lose the game because of Dez Bryant or his lack of touches, the Detroit Lions won it with last second heroics by Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford.
But believe you me… there are plenty of teams, and Quarterbacks, that would love to feed the pig…
No excuses from now on Dez Bryant, you’ve made you’ve case.
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