Dez Bryant’s Passion Now Affecting Cowboys Negatively

Last week’s tirade on the sidelines during the Dallas Cowboys last minute loss to the Detroit Lions shined an even brighter negative spotlight on Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant. The Cowboys coaches and players spent a lot of their time after the game defending Bryant’s actions as simply a result of his unbridled passion for the game. But it appears that same passion that was spun so positively by the Cowboys all week, has hurt them negatively on-the-field during Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) on the field before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

With Dallas narrowly holding on to a three point lead at the end of the third quarter, Bryant was called for an offensive pass interference penalty on a third down and 15 play. While the referee was attempting to announce the call, Bryant removed his helmet and began screaming at the official. That resulted in a unsportsmanlike penalty.  Due to this additional call, Dallas lost an opportunity to retry the third down play and was forced to punt.

Bryant was bailed out by his defense, as the ensuing Vikings’ drive was stopped due to an interception by cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Still, Bryant’s passion could have really hurt the Cowboys in this close game. What did actually hurt them was his two dropped balls on critical third down plays. Despite being targeted 11 times, Bryant recorded just six receptions for 64 yards.

Dez did redeem himself a bit when he made a critical 34 yard reception with 1:20 on the clock during Dallas’ final and game-winning scoring drive. It was the Cowboys longest play of the day.

The 24-year old Bryant plays with a lot of passion and is considered one of the best wide receivers in the game. But it’s hard to defend him as a coach, teammate or a fan when his mouth starts writing checks his play doesn’t cash.  At some point, either Bryant will grow up and become more of a professional…or his passion, on and off the field, will be come his ultimate undoing in Dallas.

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant

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  • TheJaikster

    I would take 53 Dez Bryants any day of the week!!!

  • Unc Forrever

    Honestly that OPI call was total BS. NOONE but a Cowboy would be called for that crap! Dez barely touched the guy who was moving backwards. I dont blame Dez for complaining. Hes a competitor. Shame on you for following up all of last weeks Talk Dez Down BS on ESPN and NFL Network with this piece. If you want to run Dez down go write for another NFC East Team ;) He is not perfect but that stuff last week was way over-hyped and I am surprised someone writing for a Cowboys site would latch on to that again.

  • THE TRUTH

    STEVEN MULLENAX’s writing now negatively affecting landry hat.

    See how easy that is to do.

  • oneputter

    STFU!!!! DB!

  • Juanito Juanito

    the cowboys players never succed in clutch time

  • tomf41

    He needs some humble pie!

  • yingyangpalms

    Speaking of passion, has anyone noticed how Garrett acts like a stupid giggling fan-girl when a Cowboy makes a great play?
    Its like hes got a schoolgirl crush on his team. Or maybe he thinks he’s their Mommy when they need a Daddy to get them in line!

    • navyvet50

      Make a intelligent statement….or STFU.

    • Jared Watson

      Yeah, whatta bafoon….most head coaches just scowl at their team after a great play…getta life palms.

  • IBleedBlue

    Not only should he have taken his helmet off but he should have cracked the official in the kneecap with it. What a B/S call. That makes two weeks in a row that NFL officials have PICKED UP a flag that should have been thrown at the opponent but then went on to throw OFFENSIVE PI calls against Dallas. The Witten call was every bit as much bullshit as the one on Dez. And THEN, when Dez dropped that pass over the middle, #36 for Minny runs up a claps wildly IN DEZ’S FACE……but that’s NOT Unsportsmanlike Conduct? Yeah right. Why don’t you wake up smell what you’re shoveling, dude. You sound like one of those hack writers from ESPN just trying to angle a splashy headline for your readers.

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