Is anyone really surprised? I mean, Dez Bryant has been the subject of character issues for quite some time now and although the Dallas Cowboys organization fails to admit it, he hasn’t changed since coming to the NFL. In case you missed it, Bryant was very upset on the sidelines during the Cowboys’ game against Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon. So upset, in fact, that he took to the sidelines to scream at assistant coach Derek Dooley, Tony Romo and Jason Witten.
If you haven’t seen the videos, here they are:
It doesn’t look very promising in Dallas and no one in the Dallas locker room was admitting that it was an issue — too bad they aren’t fooling anyone. This is a huge problem and an increasing distraction for a team looking to make a run at the playoffs. Sure, it’s one loss and the Cowboys still have a good chance at making the playoffs, but things like this can’t happen.
The Cowboys should praise Jason Witten for standing up to the disgruntled receiver. I’m not sure if Bryant was angry that his team was on the verge of a tough loss in the final seconds or if he just wanted more targets, but either way, this kind of thing needs to be under control on the sidelines.
Bryant only had six targets in the game and scored two touchdowns on those six targets. Yelling at your quarterback and then a veteran tight end will not raise your popularity in the locker room. Check out DeMarcus Ware who stepped in and broke up what could have been a fight on the sidelines:
Sure, Bryant’s actions were toxic, but the veteran leadership on this team seems to be on the right track.