Oct 2, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts to an incomplete call with assistant coach Jimmy Robinson against the Detroit Lions at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

There are no temper tantrums in football, Dez Bryant!

Watching the Dallas Cowboys play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, I started seeing a pattern with Dez Bryant, #88, Cowboys wide receiver.  He begins the game excited and raring to go; give me the ball attitude.  Then, as the clock ticks by and Tony Romo, Cowboys quarterback throws everywhere but Bryant, he gets agitated.  Bryant has always been animated; don’t expect that to change anytime soon.  What does need to change is his attitude when he doesn’t get the ball often enough, in his eyes.  That temper tantrum right before halftime, where the cameras zoomed in on Bryant cussing out his wide receivers coach, Jimmy Robinson, shows a side that is very unbecoming of a man.  This was to be his breakout season; so far, it’s more bust than breakout.

In the first quarter, Bryant caught a pass for nine yards.  Later, he couldn’t catch an overthrown pass by Romo.  In the second quarter, the graphics technician designed a fancy nameplate that followed Bryant around on the field.  The announcers then used circles and said fancy nameplate to point out where he was positioned.  On another attempt, he lost yardage on a catch.  His first half production was a total of 15 yards.  Just minutes before they went to the locker room, the camera zoomed in on the sidelines.  There sat Bryant screaming and cussing at his receivers coach, Jimmy Robinson.  To say that was embarrassing is an understatement.  I have seen three years olds act better in public.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being passionate about sports.  We are all passionate about the teams we love.  However, this draws the line.  Coaches do not get paid to babysit these grown men and should not be expected to take, what looked like, a brow-beating by a player.  Some may not agree with me, but maybe Bryant should stop screaming and team up with his quarterback or peers for some suggestions on how to be more productive instead of yelling at his coach.

With that said, his production did pick up in the second half.  Early in the third quarter, he gained eighteen yards on a pass from Romo; then another eighteen at the end of the quarter.  Bryant made two big plays when it was needed, but it is imperative that he keep focused and leave the temper tantrums at home.   In the fourth quarter, he had a nine yard completion, as well as the huge punt return for 44 yards.  In three games, Bryant’s numbers are:  85 yards, 17 yards, and 62 yards.  He has yet to put up a 100 yard game, nor does he have a touchdown.  He’s had his share of drops and a fumble, but the glaring issue is the lack of touchdowns.  This is not entirely his fault, as he has to get the ball to score a touchdown, but he needs to take that energy and focus on scoring.  A promising season for Bryant was discussed by every media outlet in the nation prior to the first kickoff. So far, it’s been anything but promising.

To be fair, Bryant is doubled-up on, but when he does get the opportunity to shine, he needs to do so.  There are many wide receivers in the league who do work, put up solid numbers, and do not throw tantrums.  Some names that come to mind:  A.J. Green, Torrey Smith, Julio Jones, and Jeremy Kerley; all receivers, in Bryant’s age range.  Bryant isn’t even in the top 60 of fantasy football performers as of week four.  He will improve, I have no doubt, but the childish behavior needs to stop.


It was just me being emotional and passionate like I’m always, that’s how I play the game. If I didn’t be that way, I wouldn’t be myself.


Yes, Dez, you are emotional and passionate – understood and appreciated.  Just act like a grown man, especially while cameras are pointed at you 90% of the time.  Even our TLH editor, Steven, gave Bryant the H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock award of the week.

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  • merchantofchaos

    You call it like you see it, Tonni. That’s always to be respected. And I know times have changed, but when I read this I tried to picture this happening on a sideline in the late 60′s. Yes, times are different now.

    • http://twitter.com/osupride97 Tonni Shook

      No way this happens even 20 years ago. Very unbecoming and uncalled for, IMO.

      • Karen Robinson

        Hi Tonni. Love when other women are interested and knowledgeable about football ! I think the NFL has almost as many women fans as they do men! It is great for the sport! In 32 years, I have never commented to a radio show, newspaper article or (now) blogs. But, in my google alerts I have seen so many comments about this tv shot of Dez and now your blog, that I must comment. Dez Bryant was not cussing out his coach. Dez was upset about several things on the field and my husband, his coach, was talking to him as his coach. Tempers flair on the field and the sidelines sometimes. And when that happens, it is part of the position coach’s job to make sure that everyone just gets back to the job at hand. It happens all the time. You, nor anyone else knows what Dez was saying. But I assure you, he was not cussing out his coach. And you are very wrong that this didn’t happen 20 years ago, yes it did. It just wasn’t all over the internet. You and everyone else who is a Cowboys fan has the right to criticize players and the coaches as you see fit. But people need to do a little fact checking before just looking at a picture and think you know what was being said. Thanks and go Cowboys!

        • http://twitter.com/osupride97 Tonni Shook

          Thank you for commenting Mrs. Robinson. I will use your advice for future articles. Appreciate the insight to what really happened. And yes – Go Cowboys!!!!

  • californy

    I said this very early in this season off season program, I wanted to draft 3 OL, and 3 DB, I wanted to trade Miles Austin and Felix Jones. We would of had no line issues, new DE-LB, no CB issues, New WR to replace injured Miles Austin and new RB (Chris Ivory) to replace Felix Jones, and saved us 65 million in the next 4 -5 years, and another 8.8 million by not signing Spencer. I would trade Dez in next year off season once our new WR developed for us. Miles Austin would of been worth a top 40 pick for me, and that where I would of drafted his replacement with. Dez doesnt have the seperation speed so he must play similar to the way Mihael Irvin plays. he may wear Michael Irvin number but he definetly no Michael Irvin. Part of Dez issue he only play for Sunday. he is no committed to staying healthy and does miss to many practices that he lack game day stanima.

  • run4est

    Maybe we need to get Randy White in and explain to him about being a professional. Or maybe better yet turn him over his knee an spank his tush.

    • http://twitter.com/osupride97 Tonni Shook

      I’m all for that!

  • BeirutWedding

    The only thing is, you actually don’t know what was said. For all you know, he was screaming about the defensive backs holding him and the refs not calling it. It seems to have affected the team not at all so why not just leave it alone.