Potential is a word I hear often when scouts are evaluating high school talent going to the college level. Once you are at the college level, “potential” doesn’t get you drafted. Results get you drafted. In 2010 23 NFL teams passed on a chance to draft a barrel full of “potential” with Dez Bryant, and the Cowboys got stuck holding the check.
If it weren’t for Randy Moss, the Cowboys wouldn’t be in this situation. Jerry Jones, upset with himself for passing on Moss (like many other teams did) because of character issues snapped at the bait, and were caught in the Dez Bryant trap – hook, line, and sinker.
“Freakish athlete” is the most commonly used phrase used when trying to describe Dez Bryant, and it’s true. His athleticism is second to none.
“High football IQ” was never a phrase used to describe Dez Bryant. It shows.
Dez Bryant is the league leader in dropped balls. He is also the worst lightning rod for turnovers. Bad routes, poor decisions, and a mean temper don’t mix. Garrett knows it, and should have benched Dez Bryant.
A professional athlete needs to hold himself to higher standards, become a student of the game. Dez just doesn’t seem to get it. He is good right now, but he will never become one of the greats to wear No. 88 like Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin.
Dez Bryant needs to do what is expected of him, or he needs to be let go. It’s very simple.
Dez Bryant’s headaches are national news. He was banned from a Dallas area mall because of sagging his pants and arguing with a police officer. He got into a physical altercation with rapper Lil’ Wayne at a Miami nightclub. Dez was even arrested for domestic violence for assaulting his mother.
Does this sound like the type of character that Jason Garrett wants on his team?
Does this sound like the type of headache that any head coach wants on his team?
Dez Bryant’s big play ability was apparent his rookie season, with multiple punt returns for touchdowns. This year, he has had one decent return that setup a game clinching score (but he couldn’t juke the kicker to get into the end zone). He’s had several ill-advised decisions that have left the Cowboys with worse field position than if the they had no returner in the game.
His last ill advised decision cost the Cowboys a turnover.
It is easy to like Dez. His swagger and fiery attitude on the sideline is infectious amongst players and fans alike. The only problem is that swagger should come from accomplishment, not potential.
His potential is limitless.
But the Cowboys don’t need potential. They need results.