For the second straight week, television cameras have caught a player in the middle of yelling at another member of the organization on the sideline.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler airing out tackle J’Marcus Webb became a big story last week and now it is Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant was caught yelling at wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson in the first half of Dallas’ 16-10 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Bryant said that he didn’t want to get into specifics about what prompted him to lose his temper, but eventually let the reason loose while talking to reporters after the game.
“I don’t want to say too much of being upset,” Bryant said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “It was just me being emotional and passionate like I am always. That’s how I play the game. If I didn’t be that way, I wouldn’t be myself. I just felt like, ‘Hey, I can beat this guy’ and basically that was it.”
It’s not the first time we’ve seen Bryant (or plenty of other wide receivers) get a little animated on the sideline about not getting enough looks in the offense, but spreading the wealth worked out for the Cowboys on Sunday. Bryant was targeted five times in the first half on Sunday and three times, finishing the day with six catches for 62 yards. Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree each had five catches and the three wideouts combined for 226 receiving yards as Tony Romo found success spreading the ball around during the moments when the Cowboys leaky offensive line gave him time to make throws.
Bryant caught all three balls thrown his way in the second half for 47 yards and added a 44-yard punt return to set up a Dan Bailey field goal. That helped his outburst from becoming the flashpoint it was for Cutler as does the fact that the Cowboys won the game.