Troy Aikman: Cowboys won’t miss the Dez Bryant of 2017

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The Cowboys released their No. 1 receiver in the offseason. Dez Bryant‘s departure has left Dallas with Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin at the position, with the six wideouts expected to share the catches this season.

“I don’t see deficiencies. I see strengths in the numbers,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday. “I don’t like the term committee of receivers or whatever. The group as a whole I think will be our strength. I think all of them add significant strengths to our offense. They’re going to play significant snaps. Not just three guys. I think you’ll see four or five, even maybe six potentially play in games this year. So it’ll be fun to watch those guys grow and develop in our system.”

Cowboys fans wonder how their team can possibly win without a go-to guy, but Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman doesn’t expect the Cowboys to miss the Bryant of last year. Bryant did not have a 100-yard game in 2017, making 69 catches for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games.

“The Dez from 2017 I don’t think they will miss at all,” Aikman said during a conference with local reporters leading up his broadcast of Sunday’s season opener, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “No matter who they’ve got coaching the receivers. I don’t think Dez was a threat for most, it not all, of last year. When you get one-on-one looks, no matter who you are as a receiver, that is what you are looking for as a quarterback, and if you can’t beat defenders one on one, then you simply can’t play in the NFL.”

It’s much the same sentiment expressed by the Cowboys front office — specifically Will McClay and Stephen Jones — in explaining the team’s decision to move on from Bryant.

Bryant remains unemployed, with only the Ravens and the Browns offering him a contract.

But Cleveland could renew its interest next week when vested veteran deals are no longer guaranteed for the entire season.

20 responses to “Troy Aikman: Cowboys won’t miss the Dez Bryant of 2017

  1. You don’t produce, you are out the door, out the gate and down the road. Too many drops by Dez and too many drops by T-Will. If they had cut their drops by half the Boys would have been in the playoffs.

  2. I agree the game has evolved to the point where a team can have success without a true #1 receiver, for example; New England, but the Falcons sure like having Julio Jones. That being said, the Cowboys will have little chance to succeed if Scott Linehan doesn’t expand his play calling and actually adjust at halftime. It’s been said opposing defenses were calling the Cowboys plays with surprising accuracy last year. Not even Tom Brady could win with that playbook.

  3. As a lifetime cowboys fan who isn’t a fanboy and doesn’t drink cowboy koolade it’s time to tell it like it is with aikman. He won 3 superbowls yes but he only played great in one of them, when emmitt held out he was helpless and the cowboys started 0-2 until jerry paid the man. When Irvin and Smith were gone aikman STUNK ! yes he stunk. If you stuck romo on those 90’s cowboy teams they win three easy probably more. When you talk bus driver you talk troy aikman.

  4. Aikman was a statue surrounded by great skill players and a fantastic offensive line. I can’t think of a player who benefitted more from those around him than Troy Aikman.

  5. New era for the Cowboys. And really hope that maybe it is a blessing in disguise for Dak to have Dez gone. If you look at it from the flip side.

  6. For whatever reason, once he signed that big contract he was never the same. Missing the training camps, injuries or if he was Haynesworthing the Cowboys, who can say. Ol’ Roy UT Williams, Roy OU Williams, Marcellus Wiley,etc, after signing the big dollar contract they don’t seem to have the drive they once had.

  7. Troy is a hater. Dez scored 6 TDs last year, that’s a many as Keenan Allen & Larry Fitz. Dez could be a solid 2 receiver and a game changer at 3 or 4. His attitude is his biggest challenge but he can be a difference maker.

  8. dionoil says:
    September 6, 2018 at 10:47 pm
    No one has ever used the term ‘committee of receivers’, Troy.
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    Aggree – That would be like “running back by committee” Who ever heard of such nonsense {{{sarcasm}}}

  9. Aikman was not the creator that Staubach and Romo were, but he won more games over a 10 year period than any quarterback in NFL history and won 3 Super Bowls. His success was a product of the players around him, but he was an accurate passer and produced. I think Aikman is a good analyst too and his observations about Dez are on point. In 2014, Dez did not run great routes, but was able to out-athlete cornerbacks. This is why Romo would throw to him despite being covered. In 2017, Dez could not out-athlete cornerback and it was time to move on. I am skeptical about this committee approach and looking forward to Sunday.

  10. One last thing, evidently- the NFL does miss Dez, that’s why he’s been offered a few opportunities 2 sign- which HE has declined. The other teams that will come forward are waiting for the deadline which allows a team not to have to guarantee a veterans contract in total. He will be playing this season- where HE wants 2 play & for the contract HE deems acceptable in both amount, TERM & future opportunity. Wake up haters!!!

  11. The Truth says:

    As a lifetime cowboys fan who isn’t a fanboy and doesn’t drink cowboy koolade it’s time to tell it like it is with aikman. He won 3 superbowls yes but he only played great in one of them, when emmitt held out he was helpless and the cowboys started 0-2 until jerry paid the man. When Irvin and Smith were gone aikman STUNK ! yes he stunk. If you stuck romo on those 90’s cowboy teams they win three easy probably more. When you talk bus driver you talk troy aikman.
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    1st of all you are not a true Cowboys fan if you think that Aikman was just a “bus driver”, he is one of the most accurate passers in the history of the league and is a Hall of Famer in case you forgot. Plus Aikman was a tough s.o.b in his fist few years and the last few years as his teams were not very good and he took a beating physically but he kept coming back.

    2nd of all you praise Romo now that he is retired, but i guarantee that you ripped him to shreds like you do with our current q.b. & if you are old enough you probably would have ripped into Danny White, Roger Staubach, Don Meredith etc, it’s in your cowardly nature to criticize whoever is the quarterback of America’s Team and frankly it is very tiresome to see your daily moronic posts as 99% of them are just critical and hardly ever make sense.

  12. Dez thinks someone is waiting with a 10 million dollar contract. Defensive coordinators don’t fear him anymore and offensive coordinators don’t want the disruption of a slow old cantankerous reciever who constantly demands the ball.

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