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Ray Sherman’s “close bond” with Dez Bryant may have led to departure

Dez Bryant, Ray Sherman AP

Before Jason Garrett was hired as the permanent head coach of the Cowboys this offseason, the team interviewed Ray Sherman for the head coaching job.

When Sherman didn’t get the top gig, Garrett didn’t bring back Sherman as receivers coach.  One reason for Sherman’s departure may have been his relationship with Dez Bryant.

“Sherman developed a close bond with Bryant, and that probably led to his firing,” notes Matt Mosley, now writing for FoxSportsSouthwest.com.

Sherman was tight with Bryant, allowing him to vent on the sidelines.  He also instituted something called “Keepin’ It Real Thursdays” to allow receivers to blow off steam.

Miles Austin lamented Sherman’s departure in a PFT Live appearance at the Super Bowl.   The Cowboys have hired Jimmy Robinson as wide receivers coach in the meantime.

Perhaps Garrett felt Sherman let the receivers get away with too much — just think of the Terrell Owens era in Dallas.   Still, it could be even more challenging to manage Bryant without Sherman there.

You know, when the team is actually allowed to speak to Bryant again.

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15 Responses to “Ray Sherman’s “close bond” with Dez Bryant may have led to departure”
  1. duanethomas says: Mar 30, 2011 8:47 AM

    The jury is still out on Garrett and the Cowboys still have a long ways to go, seems to me he needs playmakers on his side. Right now if it comes down to a disagreement between Dez & Garrett, Jerry will side with Dez. Now that being said, Dez get rid of the leeches and pay your bills.

  2. russrpm says: Mar 30, 2011 9:07 AM

    The problem wasn’t “Keeping it Real Thursdays.” It was “Read all about it in the Dallas Morning News Fridays.” Everything discussed at these so-called private meetings showed up in the paper within 24 hours.

  3. paulnoga says: Mar 30, 2011 9:09 AM

    What is with these crazy prima donna WRs? Randy Moss, TO, Ochocinco, Dez Bryant, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Marshall, DeSaun Jackson, and now I hear this years draft — Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh.
    I guess its not as many as I thought, but they seem to always be in the news. That makes it seem there are more.
    Are they treated special in High School and College? how did they become monsters (or as in the movie – Monstars).
    As a group they are not worth an Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald as team players.

  4. chapnastier says: Mar 30, 2011 9:12 AM

    Maybe Sherman is/was the problem. Guys with potential like Crayton never developed, TO was a giant distraction and now Dez doesn’t seem to understand professionalism or what it is like to be a grown man.

  5. jw731 says: Mar 30, 2011 9:14 AM

    How about a “Keepin it Real Sundays”….The assistant coach drama for the CowTurds just never ends…Then again, what do you expect from an organization where the owner sits in on the coaches monday morning film meetings and has GM’d them to one playoff win in like 14 years….

  6. abninf says: Mar 30, 2011 9:35 AM

    JJ, what the hell has been going on at Valley Ranch? How about “Practising Real Hard Thursdays”. I know young guys today are more emotionally fragile, but as they say……… “Come on man!”

  7. melonnhead says: Mar 30, 2011 9:44 AM

    First things first, Sherman’s contract was up and it may have been his decision to not return. Secondly Sherman may have served the cowboys wide receivers well as a friend and mentor but that could be a function of the fact that they needed one because they had a creampuff as head coach in Wade Phillips. They need a coach more than they need a friend. Especially Roy Williams. If it was Garrett’s decision to not pursue Sherman then what other proof do you need that Jones is letting Garrett run the show?

  8. MichaelEdits says: Mar 30, 2011 9:48 AM

    When I think Dallas Cowboys, I think “keeping it real.”

  9. turgidsen says: Mar 30, 2011 10:11 AM

    Did Ray give Dez financial advise?
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    And now in honor of boysfold
    What a Joke of an Org. LMAO!!!!!

    HAIL SUCKAS!!!

  10. melonnhead says: Mar 30, 2011 10:33 AM

    oh I KNOW redskin fans aren’t calling some other team a “joke”.

  11. whathappenedtovox says: Mar 30, 2011 10:55 AM

    What is with these crazy prima donna WRs? Randy Moss, TO, Ochocinco, Dez Bryant, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Marshall, DeSaun Jackson, and now I hear this years draft — Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh.
    _____________________

    DeSean Jackson is playing with an absurdly horrible contract, and is constantly fielding questions from the media trying to bait him into complaining about it. And yet, he hasn’t made much more than a peep about it. Meanwhile, his coaches and teammates all love the guy and refer to him as a leader.

    As a rookie, he drops the ball before he reaches the end zone (the team scores on the next play anyway), and he’s a “prime dona” for the rest of his career? Could somebody please inform me exactly how else DeSean Jackson has ever hurt his team, with specific examples? Cheers.

  12. packerrube13 says: Mar 30, 2011 11:28 AM

    @Whathappenedtovox,

    I agree. I have no interest in the Eagles, but from everything I have seen and heard about Deshean is that he is weird and firey at times, and ultra competitive. Definitely not a diva. Plus, what he did for that kid that got bullied more than overrides the touchdown spike before the endzone. He was a rookie, let it go.

  13. oumoonunit says: Mar 30, 2011 11:57 AM

    Ray Sherman is still unemployed. Maybe professionalism was the reason he got let go. Being too good of friends with his receivers was only a small part of his problems with being a professional. If he deserved to keep his job in Dallas, he would have been hired by someone else by now (he couldn’t even get a UFL job).

    This is also very old news. They were talking about this when he was first fired. If Dez Bryant keeps jumping ahead of real news (like Talib shooting people), I am going to start boycotting your crappy TV show. I know the lockout is hard, but you might not be able to fill 2 pages with real news every day. Can you please stop filling 2 pages with this crap?

  14. thefiesty1 says: Mar 30, 2011 12:25 PM

    Cow Babies, Nuf said.

  15. melonnhead says: Mar 30, 2011 7:41 PM

    As a rookie, he drops the ball before he reaches the end zone (the team scores on the next play anyway), and he’s a “prime dona” for the rest of his career? Could somebody please inform me exactly how else DeSean Jackson has ever hurt his team, with specific examples? Cheers.

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    Counting all the times he’s disappeared in big games that may or may not be associated with his habit of not taking pre-game warmups very seriously? Counting times that he basically got frustrated with coverage and got lazy with his reads and routes? Want specific examples? Before the Bears game he flat refused to field practice punts then he sleep-walked through the entire game.

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