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

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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.

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  1. golforepar says: Dec 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    Dez Bryant – Classless and immature for walking out!

  2. 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.

  3. wrm1230 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    Keep coddling him. We all can’t wait to see the inevitable implosion.

  4. malek773 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    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.

  5. dhardy8207 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    Poor Sport maybe?

  6. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    Terrell owns 2.0..

  7. squinn21 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    What sore loser. Better get used to it with Romo as your qb though.

  8. jbaxt says: Dec 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    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.

  9. diehardpackfan says: Dec 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    Dez Bryant is an immature cry-baby!

  10. teal379 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    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.

  11. berniemadoffsides says: Dec 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    He’s a professional athlete… he should already know.

  12. jimmysee says: Dec 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    A big fine is warranted for the diva receiver.

  13. hgamatt says: Dec 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    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.

  14. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    I remember the hilarious time when people thought this guy was better than Pierre Garcon. Puh-leez. #GarconisthebestWRinFootballnotnamedCalvinJohnson

  15. upperdecker19 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    Conversely, Jerrah needs to stay off of the field until the game is over.

  16. hellafiedfc says: Dec 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    actions…not words… after the lions game and yesterday…grow up Dez!!!

  17. getyourownname says: Dec 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    Truthfully, could he not say the entire Cowboys offense needs to stay for the whole game?

  18. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 12:04 PM

    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

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:04 PM

    10 cent head.

  20. patriots123456 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:05 PM

    Who ever is calling the offensive plays should have left before the game was over…

  21. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 16, 2013 12:05 PM

    It’s called play 60 son.

  22. britishteeth says: Dec 16, 2013 12:05 PM

    The game was over as soon as Garrett strapped on the headset

  23. 4evrnyt says: Dec 16, 2013 12:06 PM

    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.

  24. randy8123 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:06 PM

    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.

  25. grantgoodman93 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:06 PM

    Just stop talking and win football games.

    Signed,
    Cowboys Fans

  26. richcranium2112 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:07 PM

    Dear Jason,

    Dez recognized immediately the the game WAS over.

    Signed Dez’ Mom

  27. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 16, 2013 12:07 PM

    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.

  28. obsession55 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:08 PM

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

  29. fanofevilempire says: Dec 16, 2013 12:08 PM

    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.

  30. pillowporkers says: Dec 16, 2013 12:08 PM

    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.

  31. timbambam says: Dec 16, 2013 12:09 PM

    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.

  32. aintasinner says: Dec 16, 2013 12:09 PM

    The whole team should have walked off the field after Romo’s first interception. It is December, after all. They had to know what the outcome would be.

  33. joerevs300 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:10 PM

    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.

  34. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 16, 2013 12:11 PM

    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.

  35. deweyaxewound says: Dec 16, 2013 12:11 PM

    To clarify – it’s not over until BJ Raji sings.

  36. h2ftw says: Dec 16, 2013 12:12 PM

    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

  37. Bob Loblaw says: Dec 16, 2013 12:14 PM

    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.

  38. America's Team is God's Team says: Dec 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    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.

  39. promickey says: Dec 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    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……..

  40. tavisteelersfan says: Dec 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    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.

  41. missingsock215 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:16 PM

    As an Eagles fan, this is awesome. Like.

  42. honkerdawg says: Dec 16, 2013 12:17 PM

    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

  43. nebster21 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:17 PM

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

  44. bloodisred says: Dec 16, 2013 12:18 PM

    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?

  45. nebster21 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:21 PM

    We lost by 1 point and we only had 2 turnovers. Its not like we lost by 1 point and had 7 turnovers

  46. fanaticks says: Dec 16, 2013 12:23 PM

    Win like a man, lose like a man.

  47. blacknole08 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:24 PM

    Why wait til today to address this? I would have ripped him apart immediately after I got to the locker room!

    Garrett is the SOFTEST HC in the NFL.

  48. favrewillplay4ever says: Dec 16, 2013 12:26 PM

    Jason Garrett needs to go when the cowboys season is over.

  49. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Dec 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    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……

  50. bryans49ers says: Dec 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    I have no problem with what Dez did but the rest of his sorry ass team should have left with him!

  51. blacknole08 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    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!

  52. backdapack4evr says: Dec 16, 2013 12:30 PM

    Cowboys are like Frosty in a greenhouse!

  53. daysend564 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:30 PM

    The defense didn’t come out of the lockerroom (they were replaced by a bunch of 3rd grade girls). Why does he have to be out there?

  54. stoptrippn says: Dec 16, 2013 12:30 PM

    Dez will be broke very soon. out of football. No education. great role model for youth. FULL fledge IDIOT

  55. hsvox says: Dec 16, 2013 12:32 PM

    Why is thepftpoet stealing logicalvoice’s gimmick? Be original dude

  56. shaggytoodle says: Dec 16, 2013 12:34 PM

    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.

  57. dolphinatic1978 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:34 PM

    “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!!

  58. hsvox says: Dec 16, 2013 12:36 PM

    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

  59. randomguy9999 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:36 PM

    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.

  60. fwippel says: Dec 16, 2013 12:38 PM

    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.

  61. kingpel says: Dec 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    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.

  62. mrtoddo says: Dec 16, 2013 12:39 PM

    I feel like I should apologize. I sneaked out of work a few minutes early on Friday.

  63. pacodawg says: Dec 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    You will never, ever will a Super Bowl with selfish players like Dez Bryant. It’s all about him.

  64. mutantman87 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:45 PM

    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.

  65. jaltreality says: Dec 16, 2013 12:46 PM

    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.

  66. mattson01 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:48 PM

    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!

  67. patsfan1820 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:48 PM

    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.

  68. trollingforjustice says: Dec 16, 2013 12:50 PM

    Afterwards, Jerry Jones said it was a moral victory……

  69. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 16, 2013 12:50 PM

    chokeboys!!

  70. wardawg42 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    Dez is a warrior. Leaves it all on the field.

  71. montysu says: Dec 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    where was all these haters when Andre Johnson walked out in the Texans? everyone gave him a pass on that.

  72. chiadam says: Dec 16, 2013 12:54 PM

    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?

  73. jgedgar70 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:55 PM

    “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…

  74. Paul Stagg says: Dec 16, 2013 12:55 PM

    I remember when Ravens fans were really upset that Newsome and Biscotti picked John Harbaugh over Rex Ryan and Jason Garrett.

    Heh. They knew.

  75. hscorpio says: Dec 16, 2013 12:56 PM

    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.

  76. jimiinpa says: Dec 16, 2013 12:57 PM

    says the coach who has control over nothing

  77. steelcurtainn says: Dec 16, 2013 12:58 PM

    No Class Receiver. Take the losses with the best of them.

  78. ocdn says: Dec 16, 2013 1:02 PM

    Look up Dez Bryant in the dictionary and you”ll find the letter “I “.

  79. dezbryant says: Dec 16, 2013 1:07 PM

    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.

  80. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 16, 2013 1:12 PM

    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.

  81. thesteelskirt says: Dec 16, 2013 1:22 PM

    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.

  82. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 16, 2013 1:53 PM

    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.

  83. packerbadger says: Dec 16, 2013 2:02 PM

    Funny how he didn’t mind being seen gloating when they were up 23 at the half…..

  84. granadafan says: Dec 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    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.

  85. craigkintexas says: Dec 16, 2013 2:37 PM

    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.

  86. larams29 says: Dec 16, 2013 2:43 PM

    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.

  87. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 16, 2013 2:44 PM

    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

  88. gammynomnom says: Dec 16, 2013 3:14 PM

    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.

  89. gammynomnom says: Dec 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    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”

  90. gammynomnom says: Dec 16, 2013 3:19 PM

    GOD I HATE THIS COACH!!!!!

  91. rcali says: Dec 16, 2013 4:01 PM

    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.

  92. purplehaze28 says: Dec 16, 2013 4:08 PM

    Who does he think he is?!?!?!?
    –Percy Harvin?
    That’s the only player that would rather watch his teammates from the TV…

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