Despite the limited production and maximized slander, the Cowboys biggest problems surrounding Dez Bryant have little to do with the Dez himself.
Sadly, facts have become an undervalued commodity over the past year. Facts have taken a back seat to people just saying words, often loudly, regardless if they make sense. This is the new norm in this country.
This culture now consists of spouting off with no evidence to back up your position. Denying facts when they are readily available is common place as well. This is not limited to real world applications solely. The sports world also subscribes to this horrible trend too.
Sit down and watch a game and the broadcasters will insinuate that Bryant is no longer an elite option at his position. Fans, largely due to frustration over their fantasy team, will slander his name on social media. Cowboys fans looking for target their anger over a team loss will direct their fury towards #88.
Just like the other mediums in which this type of behavior is now acceptable, the concept that Bryant is no longer great is equally preposterous, unintelligent and lazy.
If you are who dislikes fact, this would be a good time to turn your head in a different direction. The facts are coming and they will be unapologetic.
There are three main reasons that Bryant’s production has fallen off.
One issue currently surrounding Bryant is the fact that the Dallas Cowboys offense misuses his talents. For whatever reason, the Cowboys refuse to use Dez in different positions. Almost all of his routes are exclusively outside the numbers.
Unquestionably, Dez Bryant is one of the most physically imposing receivers in the game. His combination of size, speed and physicality is what sets him apart from 95% of the league.
For whatever reason, the Cowboys offense only chooses to utilize this advantage inside the red zone, however. This explains why Bryant’s yards per catch, both over his last ten games and over the past three seasons, are significantly down from his peak seasons from 2011-14.
Slants, screens and other routes that get the ball into his hands in open space should be much more commonplace. Instead, Dallas relies too much on difficult “jump ball” type throws when it comes to Bryant.
That leads to the next issue that is limiting Bryant’s production. The quarterback.