Jason Garrett: Dez Bryant needs to stay until the game is over

AP

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant walked off the field before the game was over in Sunday’s loss to the Packers. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett plans to tell Bryant not to do it again.

Garrett said 105.3 The Fan that Bryant needs to know he’s expected to remain with his team until the game is over.

“We’ll address that with Dez today,” Garrett said, via ESPN.com. “I understand why to a certain extent, they’re kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over, he’s an emotional guy, we’re all very emotional about what we do. But he needs to stay out on the field and I’ll address that with him today. And just explain why it’s important to do that and he’ll understand.”

Garrett added, however, that Bryant is a good teammate, and Garrett has no questions about Bryant’s commitment to the Cowboys.

“He loves his teammates he loves this team, has a great passion for winning. You have to understand how to handle yourself in those situations. He’ll learn from this situation,” Garrett said.

With two games to go and the Cowboys still in a position where winning out will get them in the playoffs, Dallas needs Bryant to be committed for a full 60 minutes.

92 responses to “Jason Garrett: Dez Bryant needs to stay until the game is over

  1. It must be getting close to Christmas, cuz the Cowboys are melting down! You can set your watch by it.

  2. He’s the modern day Terrell Owens. Great talent, terrible character. Him leaving the field early will have everyone talking about that rather than the good game (statistically) that he had.

  3. His passion is more important than the team. Said no man ever. What a punk, stay out their with your teammates. Next week they should let Dez run the offense by himself. He seems to think he can pass, catch, and block for himself.

  4. Jason – he’ll smack his mother, don’t be surprised when he smacks you.

    This is something that NEVER even should have to be explained to someone.

  5. Dez Bryant: “Jason Garrett/Tony Romo/Jerry Jones should call better plays so that the Cowboys are winning when the game is over.”

    I think Dez did his teammates a favor by leaving the sideline. Somebody was going to get hurt.

  6. Dez Bryant is a crybaby….

    Not all players come with the class & skills Cordarelle Patterson come with.

    Future All-Pro / Hall of Famer Cordarelle Patterson I mean…

    #DezWishesHeWasCordarelle

  7. A true professional and teammate would never need to be told such a thing. Would be nice if they’d just stop covering for the guy and force him to face his decisions.

  8. He put out an incredible effort including somehow snagging that late TD on an atrocious throw by Romo, and couldn’t stomach watching his coach and quarterback bumble away the win. Can’t say I blame him – maybe if he had a coach and QB who sounded like they actually cared as much as he did, he’d stick around for the curtain.

  9. after coaching this guy for what? 2 full years? I don’t know what says more, that you have to tell him not to walk off the field before the end of the game or that he doesn’t know. Either way I’m sure Jerry gives you/him his full support.

  10. the whole team is LOSERS!!! This hasnt changed in like 20 years. They are the most hyped mediocre team of all time, its ridiculous!

  11. Dez Bryant has to grow up and if not he should be traded but that will not happen because Jerry Jones won’t fire himself and go to his booth like other owners and watch the game.

  12. I don’t even know why dez walked off. They were forcefeeding him the ball? Maybe he should make more plays? If anyone had a right to walk off it was Murray. Played great and tony kept losing the game and taking the ball out of his hands.

    Plus, dez needs to realize he isn’t even a top 5 WR in this league and to quit being a baby. If Calvin walks to the locker room (which he’s too classy to do), he can do that. Dez hasn’t earned that right. Hasn’t accomplished anything. At least TO and Moss were actually the best 2 WRs in the league.

  13. I am glad to see that Jason Garrett understands what sportsmanship means. Dez Bryant showed a lot of disrespect for the Packers and his team. Garrett acts like this is something we. He is not the first player from Dallas to walk of the field before he met the other team in the middle of the field.

  14. If that picture was replaced with Jason Garrett, Monte Kiffin and Tony Romo walking off the field and off the Cowboys after another failed season, it would be perfect.

  15. what’s so pathetic is I guarantee you in Dez’s mind he thinks he can’t win. If he stays on the sideline and yells he gets picked on, if he leaves the field early he gets picked on. He doesn’t comprehend there is a third option.

  16. This is so overblown and so irrelevant. Dez was NOT the problem.

    His amazing TD catch was almost enough to win the game.

    What’s relevant is the following:

    (1) The Cowboys defense (if you wanna call it that) cannot stop the run or the pass.

    (2) Garrett/Callahan/Romo (take your pick) are all responsible for the mind-numbing play calling. WHY do you call multiple pass plays while nursing a five-point lead (36-31) with more than 4 minutes to go — and DeMarco Murray averaging about 7 yds per carry?

    (3) TWO interceptions thrown by Romo in a four–minute span in the 4th quarter. WTF?!?!

    Yes, it’s a team loss, but Romo has got to realize that because the defense is NOT gonna stop anybody, he has to be smarter in the clutch because whether he likes it or not, he has to win it for them — or at least he has to put them in position to win it.

    All they needed was to get the ball in FG range on that last drive, and Romo couldn’t even get them close. He didn’t have to throw a touchdown pass, he only needed to get them into Bailey’s range. That’s it.

    I’m convinced that the Cowboys are the bizarro version of the Patriots — and Romo is the bizarro version of Brady.

    The Patriots seem to frequently find a way to come back from a deficit — and win games they should’ve lost. And the Cowboys seem to frequently find a way to blow leads — and lose games that they should’ve won.

    (3) Two interceptions

  17. The only mistake Dez made before leaving the sideline was not lunching Garrett in the face as he left. What a disgrace of a coach this guy is. Never in the history of the NFL has someone done so little with so much talent. I have not hated a coach more than I hate Garrett. Even when the Campos and Turners of the world were going 3-13 I didn’t mind because the Cowboys sucked. This is a team with all the talent in the world and a HORRIBLE head coach. The Cowboys could be the Chiefs of 2014 if they get a great coach to come in, but unfortunately, nobody will want to serve at the foot of the worst GM in football either. Thus, the mediocrity that will continue until Jerry dies or sells the team.

  18. Thumbs up if as a cowboys fan youd rather seem them do a rebuild the right way- draft a QB, build around their young talent, and get a new coaching staff who knows 1) What theyre doing 2)how to control hot head crybabies like Bryant.

    Even if it means 2-14 next year, 4-12 the year after, as long as there is progress and something that points to NOT being painfully mediocre for the unforseeable future.

    Jerry: losing isnt the issue. The issue is the mediocrity of a clown show you create.

    Signed,
    Hopeless cowboys fan.

  19. I’m sure that Dez Bryant will figure that out once the Cowboys display a billboard sign or some other extreme way of communicating with him what he needs to do moving forward……..

  20. If Garrett were serious he wouldn’t tell the media he plans to talk to Dez in a day or so. He or an assistant would have confronted him on the sideline, face to face. The message is simple, pout, walk off and miss the next game (check).
    But Garrett isn’t.
    Jones isn’t.
    Dallas isn’t.

  21. Garret’s a fool if he thinks Bryant will understand. If u want him to understand then BENCH him, but then then Jerry might not understand

  22. Bryant was trying to run out and grill a Quinoa burger. Ramsey was in the basement waiting for him with the grill on.

  23. I can’t excuse Dez for leaving but to quote Chris Rock, “…I understand.”

    How bullshyt is it to lose games in this fashion? Repeatedly?

  24. I feel ‘ya Dez. I walked out of my TV room after GB’s go ahead TD score….. then I threw my boot thru the TV after Romo’s 2nd INT……

  25. Better yet, I would have unleashed on Romo too! U RUN THE PLAY WE CALLED! Run the ball!

    I couldnt be a Cowboys fan. Year in and year out they lose these games, worst yet they are Home games! This team is unbelievable!

  26. The guy is a freak athletically, but who would want a guy like him on their team. Part of being a great football player is to not get too high or too low on yourself. He is no where close to level headed.

    I’ll take White Megatron (Jordy Nelson) over him any day.

  27. “With two games to go and the Cowboys still in a position where winning out will get them in the playoffs, Dallas needs Bryant to be committed for a full 60 minutes.”

    I think that Dez Bryant would like to Cowboys to stay committed for a full 60 minutes as well!!

  28. I don’t blame the guy at all. You have the ball with under 3 minutes to go and you lead by 5. Run the ball and you win. But this ego maniac romo needs to act like Peyton manning. You may get paid like Peyton, but here’s the difference tony, Peyton wouldn’t have checked out of that run. You lost that game for you entire team. I don’t blame Dez, I just wish more players would have followed him

  29. and Garrett needs to learn the basic idea of running the clock out on a lead when you are getting 8 yards a rush instead of calling pass plays until theres a pick.

  30. Bryant is starting to make Randy Moss’s first few years in Minnesota look tame.

    Without a drastic change in Bryant’s behavior and demeanor, there’s no way this ends well for Dallas, outside of a trade prior to an inevitable Bryant meltdown. Right now, Dez is making Terrell Owens and Randy Moss look like boy scouts.

  31. Jason Garrett should be shaking Dez Bryant’s hand for taking attention away from some of the worst head coaching I have ever seen in this league.

  32. Dez is immature, and definitely needs to grow up, but I think he will eventually. I’d rather have a guy who is passionate about winning (and who might wear his emotions on his sleeve and occasionally lose it) than someone who just shows up to collect a paycheck. Giving effort and playing hard is the most important thing, and Bryant does that. Eventually though, he should learn to become a leader, and that starts with some emotional maturity.

  33. Why is it the terms “classy” and “classless” largely only come up in sports? Am I missing these tux-wearing sports fans at the stadium? Most of us are beer guzzling idiots.

  34. If I was a Cowboy, I would feel the ultimate of disrespect!! He should simply stay away forever if he can’t stomach the pain with his team mates…this is the stuff of 10 year olds!

  35. Even though it’s an immature move can you blame him? He knew the Cowboys were going to lose and they will meltdown. It’s December the month of Cowboys choking. Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett and Bill Callahan all suck. What a pathetic franchise the Cowboys have become.

  36. It’s the sign of a bad teammate, but it’s also stupid. What if Flynn trips over his feet kneeling down and fumbles? What is the snap was botched? Now, neither one is even remotely likely, but both are possible. What would we be saying if Dallas got the ball back and Bryant was in the locker room crying?

  37. “We’ll address that with Dez today. I understand why to a certain extent, they’re kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over, he’s an emotional guy, we’re all very emotional about what we do. But he needs to stay out on the field and I’ll address that with him today. And just explain why it’s important to do that and he’ll understand.

    “He loves his teammates he loves this team, has a great passion for winning. You have to understand how to handle yourself in those situations. He’ll learn from this situation,” Garrett said.

    TRANSLATION: “Yeah, he’s a team guy. Just because every action he takes 24/7 screams “IT’S ALL ABOUT ME!” doesn’t mean he’s not a team guy. We just have to keep babying him until we win a Super Bowl.”

    Good luck with that…

  38. runmarshawnrun says: Dec 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    It must be getting close to Christmas, cuz the Cowboys are melting down! You can set your watch by it.
    ===================================

    I blame man-made Global Warming.

  39. Dez is an awesome wr.

    He has more heart then the whole team (especially the defense)

    He should have stayed until the end .

    Trust me I wanted to cry after the Denver,Detroit and Green Bay game. A man can only take so much dis-function.

  40. Bryant should be really smart because he keeps learning lessons from the mistakes he makes. A mature person can be emotional and still act like a professional. A child runs away and hides.

  41. I will take Dez Bryant on my team in a heart beat. He is frustrated and upset that Romo and the cowboys are making poor decisions at the absolute worst time and he is pissed. He didn’t yell at Romo on the sideline like TO he just separated himself from the situation like their owner did after that Favre like debacle.

  42. Sometimes it is very difficult to teach work ethic to somebody that never had it and is naturally lazy.

    Leaving the job site before your shift is over can get a person fired in the real world where real companies hold their employees accountable for their actions.

    The cowboys allow the intolerable and minimal standards of behavior are never met.

    Whether it is stabbing a coworker with a scissors, drug dealing, or killing a coworker in a DUI incident, the Dallas Cowboys never care how low of a scumbag character you are. There is no minimal standard of decency or morality with the cowboys.

    All discipline and morality ended when Jerry kicked Tom Landry out on the street.

  43. I would have laughed so hard if the Packers turned the ball over, the Cowboys take the field, and…… Dez is still in the locker room. Cowboys lose again.

  44. bobnelsonjr says:

    “All discipline and morality ended when Jerry kicked Tom Landry out on the street.”

    ======================================

    Actually the discipline and morality left when Jerrah bought the Dallas Cowboys.

  45. Ok Jason explain this one. Where were any of the offensive coaches when Dez walked off. Discipline wins titles! Just look at the New England Patriots. You get what you coach! So take control of this team and quit being the only male cheerleader in the NFL.

  46. I’ll take Garcon, thanks… Don’t need guys like him…” Can’t play with ’em!”…”Can’t win with ’em!”

    But seriously, the Dallas defense is allowed to get ONE STOP AGAINST A BACKUP QB THE ENTIRE SECOND HALF, before we all bash Tony this week

  47. I wish there was some rule in place that the head coach did not have to stay for the whole game.

    Right now that Ivy League diploma has as much clout as sheet of toilet paper signed in crayon.

  48. And saying Tony checked out of a running play is just admitting ” hey guys, we will have you know we called EIGHT running plays in the second half, not seven, so nyeea”

  49. He was just rooting on his team from the locker room. Cowboys had a chance to address this a five or six weeks ago and instead they affirmed his actions.

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