Posted December 16, 2013

Dez Bryant: It was ‘wrong’ of me to leave Cowboys’ loss to Packers early

Dallas Cowboys, NFC East
Dez Bryant had seen enough.

Apparently, Dez Bryant had seen enough. (FOX Sports)

Update (1:30 p.m. ET): Dez Bryant apologized Monday morning and attempted to contextualize his early exit.

“I was wrong,” Bryant told reporters during a visit to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, via ESPNDallas. “It didn’t have anything to do with my teammates. I just … I couldn’t watch Green Bay kneel the ball down on the field after a tough loss like that.

“I was very emotional. I cried when I got into the locker room. I didn’t want to show that stuff on the sideline.”

Jason Garrett said that the behavior isn’t acceptable.

“I understand why to a certain extent: They’re kneeling the ball, the game essentially is over. He [Dez] is an emotional guy; we’re all very emotional about what we do,” Garrett told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas-Fort Worth. “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.”


With 1:24 left in the fourth quarter of the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo checked out of a run play and threw a horrible interception to Packers cornerback Tramon Williams on a pass intended for Cole Beasley. Romo’s attempt was off-course, and it was an awful decision. The score was 37-36 in favor of Green Bay, and the Packers had come back from a 26-3 halftime deficit. Romo had the ball at the Dallas 29-yard line, the Cowboys had been gashing the Packers’ front seven with the running game and all Romo had to do was to avoid the major brain-cramp and get his team into field-goal range — which he had the time and the resources to do.

One of Romo’s resources was receiver Dez Bryant, who caught 11 passes on 17 targets for 153 yards and a touchdown on the day. Bryant’s touchdown was an amazing play — he went vertical and grabbed the pass despite the efforts of more than one Green Bay defender. That showed Bryant’s freakish talent, but what happened after Romo’s interception also showed Bryant’s immaturity. After the pick, and the review allowing Walt Coleman’s officiating crew to catch up with the idea that it was a pick, Bryant was caught by FOX Sports’ cameras as he walked off the field.

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Bryant tried to explain the incident on Twitter.

I walked back to the locker room because I was emotional…it had nothing to do with my teammates we had it… We fought and didn’t finish

— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) December 16, 2013

Is it possible that Bryant walked at that point because he knew that he might explode on the sideline if he stayed? There’s certainly a history to indicate that. When the Cowboys lost 31-30 to the Detroit Lions on Oct. 27, Bryant appeared to blow up at his teammates several times on the sideline, though it was later passed off by all involved as the inevitable aftereffect of Bryant’s competitive spirit. In actual fact, Bryant was trying to tell his teammates to keep going — he was exhorting them to not lose heart.

But as Mike Ditka said on ESPN’s Mike and Mike show Monday morning, there are a lot of factors at play when a guy with a history of weird decisions does something like this.

“If you accept that, you get it. If you don’t accept it, then you put him on the bench for the rest of the year. You’re not going anywhere now. I think that sometimes, the lessons you learn in life seem pretty harsh, but you’ve got to get them. Dez is a good player and a great kid. I think you’ve got to be careful with perception and reality, and the perception of what he did is really bad.”

It’s also possible that Bryant was unhappy because it was the second time in two plays that Romo targeted Beasley, who caught three passes for 19 yards in the game. At that point, Bryant would have cause if he felt that he was the most explosive and expansive weapon against the Packers defense. After all, he’d been proving it all day long. On the drive before the interception, Bryant caught a pass for a first down, taking the ball from the Dallas 18-yard line to the Dallas 31. But Romo then threw a pick to Packers defensive back Sam Shields on a pass intended for Miles Austin. Bryant wasn’t even on the field for that play; he was getting stretched on the sideline. Green Bay scored what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown on the subsequent drive, and Bryant’s day was effectively over.

It appeared that the game-killing pick was as much on Beasley for not completing his route as it was on Romo, and Beasley agreed with that assertion after the game.

“I’ve got to keep running,” he said, per ESPN Dallas. “That was on me. That’s all it was. … I stopped when I should have kept going. That’s about it. I saw the corner and I throttled down a little bit. I don’t have the option to do that on my play. That was my fault. We didn’t execute how we were supposed to. I take full responsibility for it. I’ve just got to keep running and catch the ball and take the hit.”

No matter the reason, Bryant’s move to effectively give up on the game before time had elapsed seems to sum up the Cowboys’ season — yet another frustrating year under head coach Jason Garrett, with owner Jerry Jones always pulling the strings. Blame Bryant all you want, but until things above him change, you can probably expect more drama down the road.

127 comments
mikerader
mikerader

You guys have no clue, Dez Bryant is the least of the Cowboy's worries.

Maybe you should start with the owner.

Then the coaching.

Then the defensive line.

And all the draft picks that have busted.



reshannon
reshannon

Dez is another T.O.  All about ME and not about the TEAM,spoiled brat is what most people see and it seems to get worse everyday or every game. Fire the titty baby and get some team spirit. He's good but when you need him he drops the ball everytime, he is not as good as he thinks he is. Like I said ANOTHER T.O. Spoiled BRAT, bench him for the rest of the year and then fire the POS and get rid of him. YOU SUCK T.O. OOO I mean Dez.

mikerader
mikerader

Dez, is not the issue.

I would take a whole team full of players with his emotion and dedication! It is clear most of the defense does not have the same desire to win.

The problem with the Coyboys is the Organization.

1) Poor draft choices leave gaping holes for talent. He tries to fill them with high priced FAs. When one gets injured not one can step up.

2) Poor head coaching that has not instilled a wining attitude. How many blown games have we seen the past 3 years.  Very poor game management also.

3) The worst defensive coaching job I have seen in 40 years of watching football. This may be the worst performing defense I have ever seen but it is not worst talent wise.

JennyTonyRobles
JennyTonyRobles

The problem with the Cowboys it seems -- 

that here is no discipline or consequences for their actions. I can bet my last dollar that if Jimmy Johnson or Landry was still coaching the boys this would not be happening. The organization is lacking discipline. Lombardi would have fined and or have benched these prima donas and eventually  rid the team of all negative issues. As for Romo -- excuses are like butt holes everyone has one! Jones needs to own and coaches need to coach and run the team with an iron hand when needed and not be looking over their shoulder.

Dick Nuggets
Dick Nuggets

Who REALLY believes he was crying?  Come on MaaaaaAAAAN.  You know he was just being a b*tch, and then later realized he had to come up with some other story.  F*ckin' weak .s.s biiiiiiZATCH.

Tom_Weiland
Tom_Weiland

Dez stomped out of the room to go cry like a little baby-mon, instead of staying with the team to finish earning his millions?  Wow... that only makes the victory that much sweeter.  Go Pack!

Baldeagle
Baldeagle

I'm sure if DB had gone to Denver, he would be crying tears of joy. Having a QB that can play the position better than most, if I was a QB I would be throwing to him all the time. There is so much more wrong in Dallas than Tony Romo and I for one couldn't be happier. It's time to stop calling them America's Team.

Stewart3
Stewart3

spoiled child can't stay on the field like a man.  time for him to go

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Maybe....just maybe...if the rest of the team showed the same intensity/emotion, they'd win more. (Oh. And a new QB would help that along too. And a new defense...)

Brian7
Brian7

Romo makes many a WR cry.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

Other than injury, sickness, or loose bowels, there is no excuse to leave the field before the game is over.  He needs to be fined by the 'Boys, otherwise it will continue, and spread to other players.

matthix
matthix

Don't know what he's crying about. At least he doesn't play for the Lions.

BigBubba
BigBubba

selfish ballplayer.  That's all there is to it.  He is the natural outcome of Terrell Owens.  Incredible talent, but a cancer on a team.

ClashOfTheTitans!
ClashOfTheTitans!

For all those ungrateful Cowgirl fans out there complaining about your star wideout....ya'll to trade him to us we will take him for sure! Better to have a guy who plays well and makes a scene than a guy that makes a scene and doesn't produce! Dez has earned the right to be made. Dude plays his heart out every game and you guys man that he won't watch a team kneel the ball when his QB throws the game away! You are Fans not coaches you can't control these players lives! Your job is to cheer and support your team not live to criticize their every action! Go Titans!

akattack
akattack

While I don't agree with him walking out early, if the alternative was him making a fool of himself on the sideline, then stepping away is probably the better option.

DavidAnders
DavidAnders

He always has and always will do what he wants...he is cancer to this team...i have called him out dozens of times in my blog...he has caused us to miss playoffs in previous years....and dont fortget the holing call at the end....but he doenst know what the penalities are...ask him....Romo and Witen lie for him...Jones kisses him on Tv....and fans want to throw up

lowdog84
lowdog84

Sometimes you gotta walk away (kinda like counting to 10...but at a distance)....What else do you do when ROMO blows it again...burn the clock don't throw a bomb on first down.....and by the way the OC should have got a tongue lashing too....the stupidity got so bad, I was actually hoping GB would win (and I am a Cowboy's fan).....I can't root for the team when they won't help themselves........I mean seriously, even tackle football at the lowest level would have ran that clock out

Marty2
Marty2

In non-celebrities his behavior would be best defined as a "impulse control problem."   

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

YO Dez!  I hear that Albertson's has Kleenex on sale, you might want to run down there and pick some up!!  LOL

RD
RD

Bryant is one class act.  What a punk, team cancer and horrible team mate!!

Mag533
Mag533

Someone with some manhood needs to take care of this situation.  He walked out on his team to cry when things went south.  What a disloyal coward.  Thank God he was not in my military squad.

TajHarris
TajHarris

Much to do about nothing... Andre Johnson did the exact same thing and the media and fans completely ignore it...

MathewBannister
MathewBannister

I'm siding with Dez this time 1 because that was the worst coaching and play calling I have ever seen and 2 just to be devils advocate. I think he did show he cares a great deal by walking off it sickens him when this happens maybe if more players would show they care that much when the coaches mess up that bad things may get rectified. Also I have a question why are we talking about Dez in the first place this conversation should be about how in able of coaching these coaches are. Especially Jason Garrett who has been notions throughout his tenure in Dallas with poor decisions. Fire Garrett and hire a real coach.

riley8
riley8

Herein lies the problem with this team.  Lack of maturity is always at the forefront.  Find a way to be a man Dezzie.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Dez what if the Cowboys got the ball back would have came running out from the locker room, yelling WE won........and be happy again.........

tlm773458
tlm773458

Time and time again Dez Bryant has proven to be completely immature on the sidelines.  Anytime I have ever seen any player at any level blow up on the sidelines the way he has NOT ONE COACH OR TEAM HAS EVER SAID IT WAS DUE TO "COMPETITIVE SPIRIT".  Like most professional organizations the Cowboys are simply hiding the whole truth.  What I find absolutely hilarious is how Dallas has blown decent leads all year long in the second half. Also, isn't it amazing that when Jimmy Johnson was the HC, they won 3 Lombardi Trophies because Jimmy told Jerry to stay out of the business of the game (essentially, there was more behind it).  Since Jerry has taken over and meddled, Dallas has been to one playoff game which they lost.  Cowboys fans, if you want a successful team again start hitting Jerry Jones with crap about the way he runs things.  Even a moron like him might get it eventually.

me1
me1

Which QB has more come from behind victories than any other active QB? Shocked me to learn it was Tony Romo. People want to blame Romo...that is their choice...but I place far more blame on the OC than on the QB.  

jgold24
jgold24

@mikerader 

Are you serious ? You want " a whole team with his (DB's) emotion and dedication?  Emotions that cause you to walk off the field during the game and dedication like abandoning your teammates?  They felt just as bad and frustrated as he did but they acted a little different didn't they?  The trouble with the Cowboys?  You mean the trouble with the Cowboy Dez Bryant>

scBlais
scBlais

@mikeraderBS about Dez.  He can't control his emotions and that makes him a liability to the team no matter his talent or dedication.  You need control, something he lacks.  If he learns that control, he will be great.

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

@Baldeagle When Mcdaniels took Demaryius Thomas over Dez Bryant it was a bit of a  shock.  Obviously from a pure football perspective Dez is the better receiver..even if only by a slim margin.  But given all his mental issues, screaming at his teammates, leaving the game early etc.  Im glad the Broncos have DT, the guy has been a great pro.  He doesnt say much, just goes about his business and puts up great numbers.  


Let the Cowboys have the diva, its working out well for everyone.  Il have my popcorn ready for when they miss the playoffs.  

mikerader
mikerader

@Stewart3 

You are clueless.

DB, Witten and Murray are the only talent this team has right now

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

@btcvsolo 

by walking off the field? these are supposed to be grown men, not 3 year olds.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@BigBubba And to think of all the flak the Broncos got for picking Demaryius Thomas over Bryant in the draft. We're quite overjoyed with that decision...

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@akattack I actually agree with you on this! Leaving the field early and not sticking with your team is a cardinal sports sin. But him going ballistic on the sideline is even worse. He needs to be on medication or something. 

MoeLarryAndJesus
MoeLarryAndJesus

@DavidAndersIf you have a blog I hope you have an editor.  Maybe a team of editors.  What do you have against the English language that leads you to commit such atrocities on it?

RickHamby
RickHamby

@lowdog84Yes Romo sucks in the last few minutes of every tight game....you also have to credit the awesomeness that is the Cowboys defense.....32nd in the league overall.....

freighthogger
freighthogger

@Mag533Sports media routinely refers to professional football players as "Warriors."


Professional football players : "Warriors" ::

A. Queen bees : Warriors

B. Cry babies : Warriors

C. Pampered humans : Warriors

D. Entitlement-philosophized humans : Warriors

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@Mag533 Yeah, no one in the military cries. It was a (lost) football game, not a siege. 

ClashOfTheTitans!
ClashOfTheTitans!

@RobertJacke Got the ball back? This comment shows you know nothing about NFL football! The game was over only one time out with less than 2:00 means 3 kneels ends the game and that's if Cowboys call a timeout! What you think could happen Green Bay apologizes for intercepting the ball and hands it back to the defender? Get Real!

RickHamby
RickHamby

@me1Don't matter a hell of a lot if he can't win the BIG games....

CubanMustGo
CubanMustGo

@me1 How many come from ahead losses does Dumo have in December?

tlm773458
tlm773458

@me1Agreed.  I am not a fan of the Cowboys or Romo but all the blame he is getting is a bit of overkill.  He and the offense scored 26 points in the first half.  Then the defense, under the great Marty Kiffin who was hired after Rob Ryan because the defense Ryan ran was "too complex.  Guys had to think too much on their feet", completely gassed the game.  Remember the old adage, Offense gets the glory but Defense wins championships, and Dallas has NO D

wmkanejr
wmkanejr

@tlm773458 @me1 A team scores 36 points should expect to win.  This continues to not be a QB (solely) or offensive issue.  Defense is still the biggest contributor to the losses.  Romo can't control how many points the other teams offense scores.  He can only partially control how many points Cowboys score.  Jimmy Johnson always said to win the game you have to win 2 of the 3 aspects, offense, defense or special teams.  Cowboys will not win the defense side until big changes come into play.  That leaves the offensive game and the special teams game which has gone either way in most cases this season. Hence, .500 team.