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Passion of the Dez: Should Cowboys fans be worried about Bryant's attitude?

10/28/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates with kicker Dan Bailey (5) after catching a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsA lot is being made of Dez Bryant and his shouting episode on the sidelines during the Cowboys' soul-crushing 31-30 loss to the Lions.

Bryant was seen shouting at both QB Tony Romo and veteran TE Jason Witten at various points in the game, and offered no apologies when the media questioned him about it.
"I'm the nicest person off the field. When I'm on the field, even when I look angry, it's still all good passion. It's all good passion. I feel like that's what we need. I'm going to remain the same way. I feel like I love this game. I love it. In order to win, you've got to be passionate about this game. You have to be. You've got to let that dog come out and just put it all out there on the line. 

That's [the media's] problem, because everybody knows up in this locker room who I am. It's been that way since day one. The day that I got drafted, like I told y'all, don't get it twisted: I love this game. I love my teammates. That's what it is. It's going to forever remain the same. It started in Pop Warner, went to middle school, went to high school, went to college, and it's here. It's going to stay that way. It won't change.

Many people are looking at this and assuming that Bryant is just being another selfish diva WR begging for the ball, a la Keyshawn Johnson, Terrell Owens and many others.

The fact of the matter is that this is an entirely different case from those guys.

Owens and Johnson were both excellent possession receivers, and were outstanding at moving the chains and helping their team move down the field in long, sustained drives.

Bryant is a spectacular big-play receiver who is easily the best player in the Cowboys' offense, and can help break a game open at any time.

Yesterday, he was watching Calvin Johnson, his counterpart on the Lions, tear up the Cowboys' offense for 329 receiving yards. Bryant sincerely believes that he's every bit as good as Johnson, and probably was looking at the way the Lions utilized their star WR and wondered why the Cowboys weren't doing the same.

If Bryant was wrong, it would be one thing. But he's absolutely right.

The Lions targeted Johnson 16 times, resulting in 14 catches for 329 yards and a TD. Conversely, the Cowboys targeted Bryant only 6 times. Bryant finished with 3 catches for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Was there a reason Bryant was only targeted 6 times, while Terrence Williams was targeted 10 times, despite far less success (only 2 catches)?

The Cowboys' greatest chance to win is when they make Dez Bryant a huge part of their offense. He's their best player, and he can do some serious damage to opposing defenses.

He SHOULD be yelling at his teammates if he thinks they're not doing everything they can do to win. And quite frankly, they're not.

This isn't an attitude problem, and Dez Bryant isn't some sort of locker room problem for the Cowboys. He's just a man who is passionate about winning, and wants his teammates to be equally passionate. You can't blame him for that.

Just give him the damn ball, Tony.
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