Stephen Jones: Dez Bryant’s emotional outbursts “can be a distraction”

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The Cowboys are not going to pay Dez Bryant a $12.5 million base and take a $16.5 million cap charge next season for a wide receiver who has no 1,000-yard seasons the past three seasons, doesn’t click with quarterback Dak Prescott and occasionally blows up on the sideline. The question is: Do they want to keep Bryant, and if so, how much are they willing to spend on him?

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones admitted the team has a lot to weigh when deciding Bryant’s future this offseason.

“Tony [Romo] certainly his game, they kind of tailored it to one another,” Jones said on the team website, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “When Dak came in, he certainly is not going to play the game exactly like Tony played the game. I think it hasn’t ever just hit on all cylinders yet in term of how Dak-and-Dez the connection works. I think it’s a work in progress. I think it could improve if given the opportunity.

“The other thing that we all see and it is certainly visible to anyone who watches our games, watches our sideline, is Dez is certainly a fiery guy who plays with a lot of emotion both on and off the field. Sometimes that can be a distraction. It can be a distraction for Dez; it can be a distraction for other teammates. We just have to really get our hands around when you put all the full body of work together where that’s headed.

“Of course, we pay Dez a lot of money, and he knows that. He’s as aware of it as anybody. . . . He knows when you get paid that kind of money there’s high expectations in terms of the productivity. . . . Those are all things we have to look at as a team, as an organization when we start to put our team together for next year.”

Bryant has indicated he will resist a pay cut, but the Cowboys already have paid Bryant all $45 million of his guaranteed money. So Bryant’s future currently is in the Cowboys’ hands.

64 responses to “Stephen Jones: Dez Bryant’s emotional outbursts “can be a distraction”

  1. The whole thing about dez and dak not being a good match for eachother is lame. They’ve been together 2 yrs. Wentz and alshon had the same situation but worked through it. Alshon and dez are similar wrs. They need a qb to give them opportunities to make plays by putting the ball up for them. After about half of the season wentz and alshon started clicking. If you’re a good qb and a good wr, you make it work. I think dallas’ problem is dak and dez arent as good as they thought. Ive never heard of a good qb that says they cant work with a certain type of wr.

  2. Dallas’ problems is a head coach who is not as good as the general manager thinks he is. Nor is the general manager for that matter. 22 years of mediocrity is not the fault of Dak or Dez. A coach who can’t adjust when the left tackle is getting killed play after play is the problem.

  3. Haven’t we seen this act down there before? Overpaid diva receiver that shouts and pouts when he’s not getting the ball thrown his way? Seems lik T.O. all over again.

  4. I don’t blame Dez. How many times has Dez beat the coverage and be wide open, only for Dak to completely miss him…by miss I mean Dak didn’t see him? The few times Dak does see him, Dak either throws high or behind the target.

  5. Dez wouldn’t last 10 seconds with the Patriots. Timing and discipline are so important when running routes, and Bryant never runs the same route twice. He’s good inside the 15 yard line if you want to throw a jump ball. He has the physical tools, but he doesn’t have the other tools necessary to be a top WR in today’s NFL. The Cowboys are so much better when he’s not on the field. They do need to pick up another receiver or two, but Dez isn’t the answer. The sideline blowups don’t bother me. It’s what he does between the lines that I don’t like.

  6. doctorrustbelt says:
    January 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm
    antonia brown is much more annoying and distracting.

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    But a heckuva lot more productive.

  7. doctorrustbelt says:
    January 22, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    antonia brown is much more annoying and distracting.
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    AB is unstoppable. Dez isn’t. See the difference?

  8. thisissparta332 says:
    January 22, 2018 at 6:38 pm
    Dallas’ problems is a head coach who is not as good as the general manager thinks he is. Nor is the general manager for that matter. 22 years of mediocrity is not the fault of Dak or Dez. A coach who can’t adjust when the left tackle is getting killed play after play is the problem.

    Jerry Jones is their coach. Garret is a puppet. Howdy Doody to be exact

  9. The problem is Dak. His accuracy is questionable, can’t hit small windows and he’s afraid to throw 50/50 balls that Dez can win. Dak unfortunately, because I’m a Cowboys fan, cannot do certain things. The 3-5 step timing routes, Have you seen him do that? He’s good on the rollouts and when plays breakdown. Dez can still be productive provided they run slants, back shoulder fades and some deep balls that he can high-point, all throws that Dak cannot make.

  10. Been playing fantasy football for a couple years now and never think about adding Dez to my team. Getting rid of Romo was a good move but if the cowboys want to get to next level they also need to get rid of Dez and Garret in my opinion

  11. Dez is a distraction that needs to go. I don’t understand teams who let
    a player do as he pleases. If a player like Janes Harrison or Levion Bell
    doesn’t show up at a walk through or shows up late …constantly ..
    you need to suspend when it happens from the beginning.
    When you allow players to run the show ..you are in big trouble.
    Sometimes I think Jerry Jones is too nice a guy.
    I don’t think players get away with lack of effort or poor training
    under Belichick. Who knows what is going on …but the on the field
    Dez is not getting it done. Watch his attempts to create separation.
    he is incapable unless he does so by physically pushing the DB
    which is really offensive pass interference. Then when Dez can’t make the
    play he complains he was interfered with. Rightly so ..the refs let it go ..
    Because Dez is more than guilty.

  12. theandy59 says:
    … Seems lik T.O. all over again.
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    Totally disagree. TO was really pretty effective as a fast TE/WR with bad hands. In any case, don’t confuse TO’s pretty good career for this chump’s career.

  13. Jerry Jones is their coach. Garret is a puppet. Howdy Doody to be exact

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    Which is exactly why it will take a run of below .500 seasons for the Ginger to be fired…

  14. Interesting Jones is putting this out there. Pretty clear they are making a case to avoid fan backlash when they parts ways.

    Dez is a limited WR- he’s always gotten by using his adequate speed to get position on guys to out muscle them for catches. Now he’s lost a step and he can’t get position any more. A move to the slot might be good for him but his route running isn’t precise enough.

  15. In other words, we put up with his bullcrap when he was productive but now he’s not, so we’re going to cut him.

  16. Bryant is vastly overrated and overpaid. Dallas would be better without him. It’s obvious that he and Dak have no chemistry. Cut or trade Bryant and move on.

  17. Can be? When a 29 year old man acts like a 5 year old throwing a tantrum on a regular basis, when his best years are more 3 years in the past, yeah, that’s a problem.

  18. “AB is unstoppable. Dez isn’t. See the difference?”

    Not unstoppable enough to beat theJags lol

  19. @vargavarga says:

    He’ll probably get picked up by the Pats and score 20 TDs…
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    Or he could go there and be like Ocho Cinco.

  20. @joenomouth says:

    Cowboys, Packers, and Steelers have the most over-hyped Head Coaches in the league.
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    Well…2 of the 3 can at least claim multiple playoff victories including a SB.

  21. Totally disagree. TO was really pretty effective as a fast TE/WR with bad hands. In any case, don’t confuse TO’s pretty good career for this chump’s career.
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    “pretty good career”…..I’d love to know what you would consider a great career because TO’s numbers stack up there with the very best to ever play the game.

  22. biffbiffington says:
    January 22, 2018 at 10:45 pm
    theandy59 says:
    … Seems lik T.O. all over again.
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    Totally disagree. TO was really pretty effective as a fast TE/WR with bad hands. In any case, don’t confuse TO’s pretty good career for this chump’s career.

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    Pretty good career? T.O. averaged 72 rec for 1062 yards and 10 TDs for 15 years.

    Year Team G GS Rec Yards AVG LG TD
    1996 SF 16 10 35 520 14.9 46t
    1997 SF 16 15 60 936 15.6 56t 8
    1998 SF 16 10 67 1,097 16.4 79t 14
    1999 SF 14 14 60 754 12.6 36 4
    2000 SF 14 13 97 1,451 15.0 69t 13
    2001 SF 16 16 93 1,412 15.4 60t 16
    2002 SF 14 14 100 1,300 13.0 76t 13
    2003 SF 15 15 80 1,102 13.8 75t 9
    2004 PHI 14 14 77 1,200 15.6 59t 14
    2005 PHI 7 7 47 763 16.2 91t 6
    2006 DAL 16 15 85 1,180 13.9 56t 13
    2007 DAL 15 15 81 1,355 16.7 52t 15
    2008 DAL 16 16 69 1,052 15.2 75t 10
    2009 BUF 16 16 55 829 15.1 98t 5
    2010 CIN 14 11 72 983 13.7 78t 9
    Career (15 yrs) 219 201 1,078 15,934 14.8 98t 153

  23. The Cowboys are equally responsible in Dez not taking any responsibility for his actions and being incredibly immature. The Cowboys have enabled his actions and coddled him like a typical rich Texan kid suffering from Affluenza. Jerry hired him a bodyguard/minder who would fix all off field issues: drugs, fights, arrests, payoffs, criminal posses, etc. No wonder Dez thinks he’s invincible and never has to grow up. Jerry and the Cowboys paid him tens of millions to play ball and let him do whatever he wants and they’ll “take care of it”. Are we surprised when he acts out on the field?

  24. bengalguy71 says:
    January 23, 2018 at 10:19 am
    Who’s the most overated player in the NFL:

    Thumbs up for Dez
    Thumbs down for Amari Cooper

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    Why no choice for Andy Dalton?

  25. DEZ is not what he was before but he is definitely good enough to make plays. He doesn’t mesh with DAK because DAK is a read-option play action pass QB, he isn’t a pure passer like some of the other QB’s in the NFL. He relies on movement and play action to create windows for him to throw the ball. I’m not trying to disrespectful but he is like Bortles. Very effective when the running game is working and not as effective and perhaps a bit of a liability when it isn’t working. DEZ works better with a pure passer like Romo. Just my observation. DEZ will go somewhere else and be productive. The Cowboys will focus on running the ball and play action and be just as effective without him. Comes down to return-on-investment. He should be released.

  26. The offense will be fine with a tweek at offensive tackle. Dallas needs to go full on for some tough, disruptive ‘lunchpail’ defensive players. Jerry needs to stop going all out for the prima donna, high visibility guys. Remember, he almost went all in on Manziel and Jerry Jr. got Martin.

  27. Don’t dump Alfred Morris. He’s a good ‘spell’ for Elliot. Played well this year. Forget the ‘toys’ that Jerry likes and go for and go full-on ‘lunch pail.’

  28. grant35 says:
    January 23, 2018 at 11:26 am
    OchoStinko – zero SBs. T0Owens – zero SB’s. Dez – uh – probly zero SB’s. See a trend here??
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    Once again, the lamest and dumbest argument ever in a team game. Barry Sanders -zero SBs, Eric Dickerson-zero SBs, Calvin Johnson has zero SBs. Yet, Lagarette Blount has a SB, Brandon Jacobs has a SB, and David Tyree has a SB…..hear how dumb your argument sounds?

  29. Dak goes his first year with throwing only 3 interceptions all season and the world loves him. Now, he’s afraid to throw the ball more than 5 yards, probably so his int count remains relatively low. He threw for 250 yards only 4 times all season. Yeah, Dez is the problem….

  30. OchoStinko – zero SBs. T0Owens – zero SB’s. Dez – uh – probly zero SB’s. See a trend here??
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    Yeah except T.O. played in a SB on basically one leg and had one of the best performances of all time..sure wasn’t his fault the eagles didn’t win

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