Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made some interesting comments recently concerning wide receiver Dez Bryant. ESPN reported on Tuesday that Garrett sees Bryant as similar in some ways with another Cowboys legend. Garrett said that Bryant shares some traits with Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame star Michael Irvin.
This is the final year of Bryant’s rookie contract. Dallas showed this offseason, when they let DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher walk away, that they don’t have the money for big signings right now thanks to their salary cap problems. This could mean bad things since Bryant will be a huge money signing for whoever signs the star receiver. However, Garrett doesn’t think that will cause any problems in Bryant’s contract year.
Garrett said that Bryant has a passion for the game of football. He said that the receiver is more interested in getting ready for the upcoming 2014 NFL season than he is with his contract. Garrett then compared Bryant to Michael Irvin, saying both possess the same traits for setting the tempo for the team and working harder than anyone else. Despite what some people see on game days, Garrett said that Bryant is always trying to be the best.
That does sound like Michael Irvin. While many people fondly remember the Triplets of Irvin, Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, the fact is that it was not always rosy. All three men put the team first, but anyone who watched Irvin knows how temperamental he was. However, when watching Irvin, Dallas Cowboys fans saw someone who would do anything to win. For some reason, Bryant is seen as spoiled and selfish instead.
It is true that Dez Bryant’s off-field problems might color people’s views of the Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver. However, Irvin didn’t always keep his nose clean either. Both men went through off-field problems, and Bryant just needs to prove that he can stay clean and show up and play his hardest. Dallas needs Dez Bryant to be the best he can, and Garrett said that he believes the best is yet to come.