Stephen Jones: Dez needs to understand it’s not just about him

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Cowboys executive Stephen Jones didn’t back away from earlier comments about wide receiver Dez Bryant being a distraction, and even though his dad said Bryant was staying around, it’s clear there are some issues to work out.

Stephen Jones went back to previous criticisms of Bryant, and said that the veteran wide receiver has to be more cognizant of the impact he has on others.

“Well, Dez is an emotional guy. He plays with emotion. That’s part of his game,” Jones said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We work with him constantly on trying to really channel his energy in positive ways. I just think when he has those type of emotional roller coasters, I think at the end of the day he needs to understand that it does affect more than just Dez. He loves his teammates. He obviously has made so many great plays for us over the years, but when you start to look at the things that we need to be better at that’s one of them.

“I think he needs to understand that it’s not something that’s just affecting him. It does affect his teammates.”

The topic has been a big one of the Cowboys already this offseason, for several reasons. But owner Jerry Jones seemingly put questions about his future to rest by saying he expected Bryant to be on the roster next season.

“You know what Jerry thinks of Dez. He’s like a son to him,” Stephen Jones said. “He really loves Dez and thinks the world of him. His heart is in the right place. He wants to win and he wants to be the very best. We just have to channel all these energies and things in a positive way so we can be better.”

There’s also the simple economic reality that Bryant has underperformed since signing his five-year, $70 million contract three years ago. He hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since then, and he didn’t have a 100-yard game last year, and he’s carrying a $16.5 million cap hit. Coupled with the sideline outbursts that are just part of the deal with Bryant, it’s made it a reasonable question to wonder about his future, even though Bryant’s adamant he’s not taking a pay cut.

And the fact that Stephen Jones is sounding a different tone than Jerry adds a layer to the story, as the son has been known over the years as the steadying voice for his emotional father (i.e. keeping them from drafting Johnny Manziel and taking guard Zack Martin instead). Jerry’s love for Dez might keep the wide receiver around, but the son is making it clear that some things need to change, regardless.

18 responses to “Stephen Jones: Dez needs to understand it’s not just about him

  1. The Cowboys didn’t worry about Dez being all about Dez when he was putting up numbers but what choice do they have at this point but to keep him because they have no talent at WR behind him.

    Dez isn’t going to change because he has never been asked to until this point. It’s a process, not a switch you flip.

  2. He was a top 3 receiver until the ref took away his catch against the Steelers. He hasn’t been the same since he was robbed of that.

  3. It’s time to cut bait with a diva wide out that is 30 years old and lost a step
    he draws only single coverage and normally the slowest DB on the field.
    Changing Dez at this stage of career isn’t worth the effort and is not possible.

  4. He was a top 3 receiver until the ref took away his catch against the Steelers. He hasn’t been the same since he was robbed of that.

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    It was the Packers (the Steelers of the NFC), but point taken.

  5. eagleswin says:
    January 25, 2018 at 7:03 am
    The Cowboys didn’t worry about Dez being all about Dez when he was putting up numbers but what choice do they have at this point but to keep him because they have no talent at WR behind him.

    Dez isn’t going to change because he has never been asked to until this point. It’s a process, not a switch you flip.

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    I actually thought this was Jason Garrett talking at the end when you said that it’s a process…!!!

  6. It’s good to see that Steven & not Jerry is kind of playing hard-ball with Dezmond, he isn’t as good as he used to be and he is not worth the cash he is due to make this season.

  7. Now he needs to change because he’s no longer productive, but the Cowboys put up with it until now.

  8. Please identify ANYTHING about the cowboys that has not been over hyped and underperformed in the last 20 years?

    The cowboys have been consistent in this for more than two decades.

  9. Keep him only if he takes a pay cut. Draft or pick up a speedy receiver in FA (they have no speed at WR), drop Williams, Butler might need to be cut as well if the “dropsies: can’t be remedied. Beasley is a great short yardage/slot guy, so they have that covered. Witten is clutch, but getting older and has never had speed, so bringing in or developing another TE (Gathers?) is a priority as well.

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