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Dallas got 88 problems and Dez Bryant is one
North Carolina (BASN)—His off the field problems have been highly publicized from his unpaid debts from purchasing expensive jewelry, a domestic violence incident involving his mother, and being banned from a Dallas mall for violating the dress code.Plus, his on field play has been helter skelter of lately, which has some Cowboy fans placing more blame on Bryant than Romo.
In other words, Dez Bryant is “dangerous” on and off the field.
For instance, he can make an unbelievable catch one minute and then make a bone-head play the next.
It’s obvious Bryant and Romo aren’t on the same page offensively.
Because, anytime you see Tony Romo, checking out of a play with the play clock running down, something bad is going to happen.
Whether it’s Dez running a wrong route, Kevin Ogletree getting an illegal procedure penalty, a bad snap from the center, which sails over the quarterback’s head or an interception thrown by Tony “Two Steps”
Despite all of that, it’s obvious Bryant has the potential to be one of the best wide receivers in the game.
Channel your energy
But, in my opinion, he must learn, however, to channel his energy.
Why? Because, it seems, as if, he exhorts too much of it in the beginning of games, which leaves him with little left in the later quarters.
Let me explain myself, Dez, whom I called the Adrian Peterson of wide receivers, due to the brutal way he plays football, exhort too much energy on simple screen passes, on punt returns, or when he attempts to return kick offs by refusing to go down and taking on five or six tacklers in order to get just two extra yards.
This was made evident when he misjudged a punt against the Giants, which led to a fumble and against the Ravens when he took a violent hit trying to return a punt, which resulted in him being sidelined for a few plays.
As a result, his body takes such a beating so early in the contest, it affects is level of play making throughout the game as well as his concentration on the field.
This, of course, is only my theory.
I, understand, the Dallas Cowboys must utilize Bryant’s athleticism as much as possible in order to win as well as to keep him happy, especially when you consider the number of weapons the Cowboys have on offense.
For instance, despite losing to the Giants 29 to 24 in week 7, Bryant had five catches for 110 yards, while teammates Jason Witten caught 18 passes for 167 yards and Miles Austin snatched down nine balls for 133 yards.
Now, that’s a lot of firepower for a Cowboy’s team to have and not have a winning record.
But, in the process of trying to win games, they must also preserve Dez’s body as well as his energy level.
Currently, Bryant has 41 receptions for 488 yards and only two touchdowns.
But his potential game-winning touchdown against the Giants, will probably be one of the most memorable catches of this season, despite it being waved off.
Dez’s last second grab, in fact, would have erased the drop he had against the Ravens in week 6.
But, unfortunately, the football gods are still cursing Dallas in Cowboys Stadium, where they are only 14-13 since it opened in 2009 ,when the instant replay footage captured Bryant’s hand barely landing out of bounds.
“When they took it away, my heart just dropped,” said Bryant.
Living up to expectations of the Original 88′s
With his latest shortcoming, Bryant still has the pressure of living up to the number 88 on his jersey, which was once worn by Hall of Famer Michael Irvin and the Original 88, former Cowboy Drew Pearson, who expressed his disappointment in Bryant’s play after the Bears’ 38 to 17 Monday Night loss in the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
“He’s not living up to the expectation that were placed on him by wearing that number.” Pearson told the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
“Drew Pearson took it to the Ring of Honor level and Michael Irvin took it way beyond that to the Hall of Fame level. When Michael and I had a chance to talk to Dez when he came in his rookie year we told him, ‘Don’t do what Drew Pearson did in it. Don’t do what Michael did in it. Do more than that.’ I know that’s a lot to live up to, but what else is there? You live up to those expectations and people will cherish you for the rest of your life.”
Despite Pearson’s criticism of Bryant, stat wise, in his first three seasons between 1973 to 1975, Pearson had 130 catches for 2,297 yards and 12 touchdowns while Bryant, on the hand, in only two seasons and seven games has 149 catches for 1,977 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Don’t misinterrupt this comparison, these are two different eras of football history.
Plus, Dez, despite his troubles with the law, hasn’t done anything, besides allegedly slapping his mother, that is more shameful than Michael Irvin did during the “high-rolling” years of the “cocaine Cowboys.”
With that said, hopefully, Bryant will continue to mature on and off the field while playing for the Cowboys and wearing the highly acclaimed No.88 jersey.
Because, his athleticism and talent will be needed if the Cowboys are going to be successful.