Tony Romo thinks Dez Bryant is “misunderstood”

AP

When Tony Romo quarterbacked the Cowboys, he had the chance to work with some receivers known for their big personalities as much as their big plays.

But in discussing Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant recently, Romo said the current Cowboys star is “misunderstood.”

Bryant’s employment has been the subject of constant speculation this offseason, with the Cowboys apparently uncomfortable with his $12 million price tag and some of his antics in the past. But during a podcast with Cowboys radio host Brad Sham (via the Fort Worth Star Telegram), Romo defended Bryant.

“As far as personality between the two, they’re also a little bit different,” Romo said. “I think Dez is misunderstood in a lot ways. I know there a times where he can get talking and be volatile on the sideline and stuff, but a lot of it is positive. I’ve had every receiver who wants the ball. I think what you’ll find is there’s so many personalities on the football field. When the receivers are more demonstrative on the sideline and stuff, they’re just more demonstrative than offensive linemen. But people can be pouty in different ways. They can do anything in different ways. They just are vocal sometimes where you can see it on camera.

“I never had a problem really with either one of them. Even though T.O. got to the point toward the end, got to the point where he was very frustrated, he definitely was showing that on a daily basis where he might not talk to to you for a little bit. Dez would never do that. But at the same time, I never thought there was deep malice involved where they were trying to sabotage things that I’ve seen. What happens, ultimately, is as long as your production is high, they give you more wiggle room. When the production starts getting lower, the wiggle room gets less for some of the things that people perceive to be antics.”

That’s the ultimate bottom line with Bryant, and why the Cowboys were seemingly losing patience. When Romo was well, Bryant had a three-year stretch when he averaged 91 catches and over 1,300 yards a season and scored 41 touchdowns.

Since Romo left and Dak Prescott took over, Bryant’s production has dipped sharply, to the point they’ve looked for replacements (like their pursuit of Sammy Watkins and now Allen Hurns). If Bryant was still putting up numbers at his Romo-year levels, as Romo suggests, the ancillary problems would probably fade, and with the current market, $12 million for a star wideout wouldn’t sound out of line.

24 responses to “Tony Romo thinks Dez Bryant is “misunderstood”

  1. WAKE UP!!!

    Dez Bryant’s production has dipped due to replacing Tony Romo with Dak Prescott.

    WAKE UP!!!

  2. Doesn’t matter which star receiver you bring in to replace Dez. They need someone who can throw the ball like Romo use to.
    Then all this talk about Dez will disappear.

  3. Ever since he dropped that pass in Green Bay, he hasn’t been the same.

  4. Since 2014 no 1000 yard season not even a 100 yard game, it’s
    Dez. Did you see the drops? Did you see the bobbles that led to
    interceptions. He wasn’t even double covered last year and he still
    couldn’t separate. It’s Dez fanboys.

  5. askeddie11 says:
    March 23, 2018 at 9:09 am
    Since 2014 no 1000 yard season not even a 100 yard game, it’s
    Dez.

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    Between 2015 and 2016, he had four 100 yard games. That’s not enough for his salary, but at least do some research.

  6. THANK YOU, Tony Romo!!!!! (Boy, does this fan miss you, & apparently so does Dez 🙁 ) This problem is a 3 way street, between Dez, Dak, and Linehan, who was a horrible play-caller last season. Any OC who calls 3 pass plays at 3rd and goal, with a q/b who is struggling and, with Zeke being fresh and just looking on, needs a reality check…smh! Dez MAY have lost a few steps, but he cannot catch a ball that is 10 feet over his head or out of his reach!!! Dak is NOT Tony and he and Dez have zero chemistry. I surely hope they are working on said chemistry this offseason!!!! Dez has to be frustrated going from Tony to Dak…my opinion….. IF they had signed Watkins, I would have literally croaked! Talk about the lack of evaluating talent…smh

  7. YOU CAN NOT BLAME DAK! HE IS SMART NOT TO THROW TO DEZ WHEN HE IS COVERED LIKE A BLANKET AND CAN NO LONGER GET OPEN! HE HAD NO SEPARATION FROM ANY DB’S LAST YEAR PERIOD! WHEN DAK TRIED TO MAKE HIM HAPPY AND THROW TO HIM HE EITHER GOT PICKED OFF OR DEZ DROPPED IT! DAKOTA AFTER SMITH WENT DOWN FOR SEVEN GAMES LOST HIS FOOT WORK AND HAD HAPPY FEET BECAUSE THE POOR GUY WAS GETTING CLOBBERED! NOW BACK TO ROMO THAT CAT HAD DEZ WHEN HE WAS IN HIS PRIME AND HUNGRY! DEZ NEVER HAD GREAT SPEED, BUT AT 29 HE IS SLOWING DOWN AND HIS POCKET GOT FAT WITH COIN SO HE NO LONGER HAS THE HUNGER PAINS TO BE GREAT! HIS MOUTH IS JUST A DISTRACTION!

    yep there those caps again!

    OH AND FYI DAKS MECHANICS AND FOOT WORK WILL BE BACK THIS SEASON, JUST LIKE HE HAD IN HIS ROY!

  8. Who cares? The Cowboys will still battle the Giants for the last place in the division next season.

  9. There are so many throws that Dak can’t make that Romo could. Dez has never been one to get the most separation but if you throw it up, he can get it. Those tight-window throws Romo made, Dak doesn’t have the arm strength to attempt.

  10. Translation: “Dak just doesn’t seem to be capable of getting Dez the ball as much as I did. Dez is pissed”
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    …and if you do get him the ball, he drops it.

  11. Bryant is not misunderstood. He should be unemployed for being lazy, unprepared, underwhelming, and stupid.

  12. Hurns wasn’t looked at as a replacement for Bryant. Hurns got lazy once he got paid going from a 1000 yard receiver to a guy that only had 800 yards over the following two seasons combined. He needs another prove it season before he can really even be considered a WR2.
    If someone was looking for a replacement, it MAY have been a replacement for TWill. Your offense will go nowhere if your top two WRs average 450 yards a piece. Even in a down year, he caught more balls as TWill and Hurns combined.

  13. I love Romo. He understood his receivers and placed the ball in there sweet spots. And his receivers loved him. Ask Laurent Robinson he’s a millionaire because of Romo.

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