I know, I know, it’s all too easy — and common, for that matter — to bash Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant for his obnoxious comments– but it’s also hard to stop. This time around Bryant is spouting about how he will become the first receiver in NFL history to collect over 2,000 yards receiving in a single season.
Putting the cart before the horse, yet again. As the old saying goes you have to have the basics before you can have any extravagance — without the horse the cart is useless.
While I’m happy to admit that Bryant’s 2012 season, in which he caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns was a vast improvement, and a signal of what the uber-talented but bizarre wideout can do when focused and healthy, suggesting he can reach 2,000 yards in a single season requires much more than that.
Suggesting he can catch 2,000 yards in a season would require an average of 125 yards receiving per game and that he play a full season of 16 games — without injury or distraction — and be highly productive in each. Bryant has done none of these things so far, so to suggest that 2,000 yards is in his future is getting way ahead of reality.
Reaching the 2,000 yard mark would also require a pass-heavy, gun-slinging offense to be the norm, and as we all know, in Dallas neither Jerry Jones nor Jason Garrett will be going to the Pistol or Spread anytime soon. I know, shocking stuff.
While I can’t decry having goals by any stretch of the imagination — hell, we all need them just to be able to continue to carry on — making those goals more reasonable certainly isn’t a bad idea.
Dez– how about you focus on playing 16 games without injury, with full concentration, without off-field incidents (the horse) — letting the numbers fall where they may?
The cart will take care of itself.