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Jerry Jones trying to help Dez Bryant, within limits

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Jerry Jones is willing to stand by Dez Bryant — for now.

But the Cowboys owner is also making it clear that Bryant’s running out of chances.

“If Dez doesn’t have football, it’s a personal tragedy for him. He knows that’s at stake,” Jones told FoxSports.com’s Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I’m sure he knows there’s a plane ticket waiting for him if he doesn’t understand that. Without trying to be cute, this is a serious matter.”

Jones is walking a fine line here, because he’s quick to acknowledge his teams have taken their share of chances on players with equivalent if different off-field problems than Bryant, who was recently arrested on domestic violence charges after an incident with his mother.

“Games aren’t won with Sunday school teachers,” Jones said.

Whether it was Pacman Jones or Terrell Owens, he’s always been a safe harbor for problem children. But with this case, the accumulated evidence against Bryant was enough that Jones wouldn’t talk to him at first before relenting and giving him conditional support.

But part of that was demanding changes, with Jones insisting on “lifestyle adjustments.”

At the same time, Jones is trying to reach him with a personal element, trying to get through to the talented wideout that what was once OK simply isn’t any longer.

Jones told Bryant he grew up at a time: “when adults could sit at a drive-in  and have a liquor bottle on the side of the car and a drink sitting right there and police all around. You could drive and drink. Society said, ‘That’s no good. We’re doing away with that.’ I agree with that, by the way. People don’t do that anymore. If you do it, you’ll find you can’t work at corporations [or] teach.

“There are a lot of things that used to happen in behavior in the NFL that we don’t want players to do. At one time it was OK. It’s not OK anymore. You’ve got to get that. I don’t care how you grew up or what was done around you. Times change. That’s what I mean by changing surroundings. We’re not talking about my beliefs but as it pertains to Dez, a player or, frankly, an owner. You’ve got to adhere to a certain behavior pattern or you’re not going to be in the NFL.”

The talent Bryant has displayed thus far makes it clear why the Cowboys are willing to work with him.

But when a team that’s given so many chances to others in the past finally draws a line in the sand, Bryant would be wise not to cross.

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9 Responses to “Jerry Jones trying to help Dez Bryant, within limits”
  1. rajbais says: Aug 3, 2012 12:51 PM

    I hate to anger Dallas Cowboys fans, but I think that Jerry Jones will bring Terrell Owens back.

    The Dez Bryant fiasco is causing the socially lenient Jones and Deion Sanders to get pretty pissed at him. Even though I believe that Bryant will turn around in 2012, I think that the rest of the wide receivers will struggle and Miles Austin cannot stay healthy.

    Who is out there and is familiar with Jason Garrett’s system? Terrell Owens.

    Plus, if Plaxico Burress and Tom Coughlin were unable to get along in New York, but there were talks of him going back to the Giants why can this not happen? What about all of this flirtation going on between Owens and Jones? It sounds like there may be something close to a reunion.

    We’ll wait and see.

  2. prince5000 says: Aug 3, 2012 12:51 PM

    you gotta love jera. can’t shut up – interview a couple of days ago said he wouldn’t sell the cowboys even if it meant them winning the super bowl. kinda makes ya feel sorry for cowboy fans.

  3. santolonius says: Aug 3, 2012 1:36 PM

    wasn’t reggie white a sunday school teacher?

  4. milkcan44 says: Aug 3, 2012 2:49 PM

    I have no love for big ego guys like Jerry Jones and always thought the Cowboys harbored bad character guys, but I totally agree with everthing Jones said and has done in this situation. Most teams stayed away from Bryant in the draft, and he’s had a rough life, but he’s never going to be any kind of a player unless he can focus on what his life could be through football.

  5. daysend564 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:21 PM

    Tough love through the media = no suspension for Dez

    Really, it is that simple…

  6. wrathofgodzilla says: Aug 3, 2012 5:10 PM

    I really love how Pat Bowlen keeps his mouth shut and just let’s football happen in Denver. I feel sorry for the Cowboys.

  7. SmurfJuice says: Aug 3, 2012 5:29 PM

    The Cowboys drafted Dez and immediately anointed him as the second coming of Michael Irvin (or third coming of Drew Pearson) by giving him the #88.

    I’m wondering if Jerry Jones couldn’t buy all the “BRYANT 88″ jerseys in the Nike warehouse and strip the #88 from him.

  8. calij5619 says: Aug 3, 2012 5:58 PM

    Dez u got a ton of talent don’t waste it on foolishness.

  9. stevenfbrackett says: Aug 3, 2012 7:45 PM

    Here’s a novel idea — how about disciplining him? The team can fine him. They can suspend him. They can drop him to 3rd string. They can tell him, “Son, sit yo’ ass down on that bench until you can show me you’ve grown up.”

    There are all sorts of options the teams have, but for some reason, they almost never use them. Did it ever occur to them that if they did, they would only need to do it a couple of times a years and everybody would fall into line better?

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