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Jim Schwartz: We doubled Dez all day and he still scored two TDs

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Dez Bryant’s play on Sunday in Detroit was overshadowed by the play of Calvin Johnson, and by Bryant’s own sideline antics. But it should be pointed out that Bryant did, in fact, turn in a big game and nearly lead the Cowboys to a victory over the Lions.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said the Lions made stopping Bryant the focal point of their defense, and that they were double covering Bryant on both of his touchdown passes. According to Schwartz, the Lions were using the coverage they thought would force Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to go to other receivers, but Bryant beat them anyway.

“We were doubling Dez Bryant just about the entire game and he still made two touchdown catches,” Schwartz said. “Both of them, he was doubled. One of them was an over-under zone, and the other was a true double man. And he kept on making a play on us.”

Sunday marked the ninth time Bryant has scored two touchdowns in a game. Unfortunately, the Cowboys are 1-8 in those games.

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36 Responses to “Jim Schwartz: We doubled Dez all day and he still scored two TDs”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 12:47 PM

    This is not a compliment to Dez. This is an indictment of our own Defense. We have personnel problems and coaching problems on our Defense and we have had these HUGE problems every single year. We don’t come close to playing proper or respectable football.

    And they would have scored a lot more if Dez wasn’t exactly right about his complaints that Romo was missing him on wide open obvious plays that he should have read and targeted Dez and made the actual throw. Still a lot of people seem confused by this, but if you break down the film as Dez suggests, you can see how Romo and the coaching staff were frakking up ALL DAY LONG, and it stifled their team quite a bit.

    We were lucky is the only takeaway here. Our team played poorly and Dallas played poorly, and nobody deserved that win. Dallas just wanted it the least, and that’s why Dez was upset. They needed to listen to him earlier in the game and that would have made the difference. But I don’t know what Jason Garret and Tony Romo were thinking about all day. They weren’t thinking like winners though, that’s for damn sure.

  2. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 31, 2013 12:50 PM

    That is a bizzare stat.

  3. johngaltwho says: Oct 31, 2013 12:52 PM

    That says more about the Lions defensive backs than it says about Dez Bryant

  4. heyguru1969 says: Oct 31, 2013 12:56 PM

    Yeah, Megatron agrees Dez is better. Yeah.

  5. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 31, 2013 12:57 PM

    That isn’t a huge feat against the Lions’ secondary.

  6. conormacleod says: Oct 31, 2013 12:59 PM

    1-8 in those games???? That’s a lot of moral victories!

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 31, 2013 1:01 PM

    They’re both great receivers but they’re on teams that will never win anything.

    One handles his business with class, sophistication, and maturity. He does what it takes to get the job done.

    The other flails around like a little crybaby when he doesn’t get his way.

  8. trollaikman8 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:02 PM

    1-8 in those games sounds just about right. Those are typical games where the Cowboys are desperately trying to catch up and Romo chucks 50 attempts.

  9. noeffinway says: Oct 31, 2013 1:03 PM

    Lions secondary is very suspect. They give up big plays all too often. Luckily the d-line steps up and covers for them at times. Doesn’t hurt to have that explosive offense to back you up too. IF that secondary was fixed this team would be very very scarey.

  10. tindeaux says: Oct 31, 2013 1:03 PM

    Dez Bryant totally owned Calvin Johnson in that game…. on the sideline.

  11. iceicebaby32 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:04 PM

    Fine, it’s not a huge feat because it came against the Lions secondary.

    So neither was Megatron’s because it came against the historically bad Cowboys defense.

  12. logic4sale says: Oct 31, 2013 1:12 PM

    Really? Complaining about the Lions pass defense? How about the 32nd ranked pass defense with a secondary full of injuries who just gave up the second most yards to a WR in NFL history? Give Dez his dues, he made two great plays against the 25th ranked pass defense, in double coverage, with limited looks. Calvin exploded because his QB looked to him early and often, tossed it up and let his playmaker do what he is the best in the league at doing. I wish Romo would do as much.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 1:14 PM

    noeffinway:

    Yep, but we need some LBers too and better coaching of the LB group. It’s the whole back 7 that has been our most consistent weakness on Defense. Everything is needing serious improvement there.

  14. dirtysouthironmen says: Oct 31, 2013 1:16 PM

    …and Megatron was Triple-Teamed most of the game, but still put up 329 yards on 14 grabs with 1 TD.

    You can’t stop greatness!

  15. glenuendo says: Oct 31, 2013 1:18 PM

    Well, of course he did. He’s a stinking ray of positivity.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 1:18 PM

    logic4sale:

    And the tipping point that made Dez explode on the sidelines were TWO plays on that same short field drive where Romo didn’t have to throw him a jump ball, he was the best option and the most obvious option and he was wide open on both of those plays in addition to flat out screaming for the ball before they even snapped one of them. No hail mary needed for those 2 plays, just a simple toss.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 31, 2013 1:20 PM

    dirtysouthironmen:

    We need to stop comparing anybody to Megatron though. Playing with CJ isn’t like normal football, it’s just disguised cheating. Nobody else has that kind of wild card.

  18. eaglesnd18 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:22 PM

    Seems like all teams do lately is talk about their past game!

  19. floratiotime says: Oct 31, 2013 1:28 PM

    P.S. Megatron is a lot better … a LOT.

  20. justintuckrule says: Oct 31, 2013 1:44 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Oct 31, 2013 1:01 PM
    They’re both great receivers but they’re on teams that will never win anything.

    One handles his business with class, sophistication, and maturity. He does what it takes to get the job done.

    The other flails around like a little crybaby when he doesn’t get his way.
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    Can’t believe I’m defending a Cowboy but maybe the all-powerful great Megatron could learn a thing or two from Dez about being a passionate force on your team. No, I’m not talking about acting a fool on the sidelines but it is no secret that the Lions are suffering from not having that vocal presence on their team. There is no excuse for the Lions to roundly suck year in year out with an offense like theirs. Maybe it’s about time that the Megatron takes ownership of that team in order to elevate the play of his teammates.

  21. paulsmith107 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:44 PM

    This idiot said Calvin was triple teamed lol. Watch the game he was wide open on 85% of his catches stupid. He destroyed our zone play that’s what he did

  22. bigbenh8tr says: Oct 31, 2013 1:46 PM

    logic4sale:

    And the tipping point that made Dez explode on the sidelines were TWO plays on that same short field drive where Romo didn’t have to throw him a jump ball, he was the best option and the most obvious option and he was wide open on both of those plays in addition to flat out screaming for the ball before they even snapped one of them. No hail mary needed for those 2 plays, just a simple toss.
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    Sorry but it wasn’t simple when dez jumped over a db on a backshoulder throw and caught that ball off his shoulder pads and completed the catch in bounds.

    And btw jusy bc megatron was triple teamed against the bengals doesnt mean he was this time carr had him 1 on 1 w safety help amd they played zone half the game. Feel free to watch film or the game next time though.

  23. logic4sale says: Oct 31, 2013 1:49 PM

    I agree with a lot of you, there is no comparison… as of right now. Remember this though, Dez is 24 and only has 4 years in, as opposed to Megatron who is 28 with 7 years of experience. In Megatron’s first 3 years, 3,071 Yds, 21 TDs and 15.9 YPC on 193 catches in 45 games… X-FACTOR is at 2,871 Yds, 27 TDs and 14.4 YPC on 200 catches in 43 games. I’d say they are pretty even stats to this point. While Megatron is currently the BEST doing it, Dez is destined to be up there with him.

  24. monkeyhateclean says: Oct 31, 2013 1:50 PM

    dirtysouthironmen says: Oct 31, 2013 1:16 PM

    …and Megatron was Triple-Teamed most of the game, but still put up 329 yards on 14 grabs with 1 TD.

    You can’t stop greatness!

    _________________

    CJ had 16 targets in that game. Dez had 5.

    Five.

  25. timmihendrix says: Oct 31, 2013 2:03 PM

    If Darius Slay was in on the coverage it wasn’t an actual double team because he is rarely within 10yds of his man.

  26. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 31, 2013 2:09 PM

    “Sunday marked the ninth time Bryant has scored two touchdowns in a game. Unfortunately, the Cowboys are 1-8 in those games.”

    There’s nothing unfortunate about a Cowboys loss.

  27. thedano says: Oct 31, 2013 2:15 PM

    Jim Schwartz is a total tool, and not a very good coach. I still love how he spazzed at Harbaugh for things that he does. The yellow flag situation and the fired up after game stuff. How many years will the Lions fans/staff talk about how they are one of the most talented teams in the league……not make the playoffs……and not fire Schwartz? A good coach in Detroit and they’d be a threat.

  28. bennyb82 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:17 PM

    To the poster that said maybe Calvin could learn a thing or two from Dez about passion…just because Dez was flailing about on the sidelines does not make him any more passionate than any player out there. If anything it says he cannot control his emotions. Passion is not necessarily something that can be deciphered by a person’s external behavior.

  29. justintuckrule says: Oct 31, 2013 2:32 PM

    @benny – As a Giants’ fan, I know a thing or two about our best player leading by example and not being a rah-rah guy. Still, the years we won SBs, we had that guy. In the other years, we really didn’t. It’s important. Maybe if CJ showed some outward emotion like he cared instead of being a stat robot, players like Suh etc. would fall in line and that team could finally take off instead of being the best 5-11 team each year. What do I know though, right?

  30. jbeagles23 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:43 PM

    At the end of the day tony romo is not a good qb. Dez is being handcuffed by bad qb play and still gets his. And this is comming from an eagles fan. The same fan that’s happy romo is under center for the cowboys every week

  31. thetroofishere says: Oct 31, 2013 3:35 PM

    jbeagles23 says:Oct 31, 2013 2:43 PM

    At the end of the day tony romo is not a good qb. Dez is being handcuffed by bad qb play and still gets his. And this is comming from an eagles fan. The same fan that’s happy romo is under center for the cowboys every week
    —————————————–

    …says the fan with Michael Matt Foles at QB

  32. danceswithflorio says: Oct 31, 2013 3:45 PM

    Harder to contain than smallpox

  33. bringbackwayne says: Oct 31, 2013 3:51 PM

    The first TD was just a great catch by Bryant. The coverage was good. The second one is where Delmas took one of his classic “bad angle” gambles and missed.

    Bryant would make a great #2 receiver on the Lions.

  34. tmac4454 says: Oct 31, 2013 5:25 PM

    The first touchdown he scored was not dbl coverage. The 2nd touchdown was due to poor tackling. I must say he should have had a better game than that being dbl’d bc he is Dizzy Bryant. If indeed he can do whatever CJ can do, I did not see Tomo go his way very often. You have to have confidence in your WR for dbl coverage. They dbl CJ and he just flatlined that coverage. Simple as that…

  35. eightandeightlions says: Oct 31, 2013 6:19 PM

    Worst secondary in the league. With the pass run Det generates these guys should at least look like they belong in the NFL.

    Det fans have such low standards the DBs just have to make a splash play every 5 games or so and the fans will vote them to the pro bowl.

  36. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Oct 31, 2013 6:24 PM

    One problem: Darius Slay does not count as a DB. He stinks.

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