Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver had two meltdowns during Sundays game against the Detroit Lions.
The first Dez Bryant meltdown happened when the offense returned to the sideline for a 53-yard field goal try by Dan Bailey that gave the Cowboys a 13-7 lead. Tony Romo threw two passes, neither to Dez Bryant, who darted toward the receivers coach Derek Dooley on the sideline and shouted at him.
Then Dez Bryant headed to the bench where Romo, coach Jason Garrett and quarterback coach Wade Wilson were. The first time Garrett tried to steer him away with an arm bar. The second time Bryant yelled at Romo.
“My passion is always positive,” Dez Bryant said about his meltdown. “I’m not saying anything wrong. I’m not saying anything bad. It’s all positive. I’m expressive on the field and off. Even when I look angry, it’s all good passion. I feel that’s what I need. I love this game. In order to win you have to be passionate about this game. You have to let that dog come out and put it all on the line.”
There wasn’t just one meltdown for Dez Bryant though. According to Dallas News, the second meltdown happened after Stafford drove the Lions 80 yards in six plays in just 50 seconds for the winning TD. Only 12 seconds remained, and Bryant was beside himself, again ranting. Jason Witten started screaming back at him, pointing to the scoreboard, before DeMarcus Ware separated the two.
“We were all upset,” Witten told Dallas News. “But there was still time left. I tried to communicate that. We were going to get the ball back, and he was going to play a big part in the play we had drawn up. We were trying to get him to calm down, because we were going to try to get him the ball on that play. I love that kid like a brother. He’s emotional. The guy loves to play, loves to win. There are no hard feelings. He’s a great receiver and plays his tail off week-in and week-out. It’s a disappointing loss. Dez is a guy who plays with his heart. We all do. Those things come up.”
Dez Bryant is not sorry for his meltdowns on the field Sunday, saying his intense passion is a critical for the Cowboys. He said he isn’t concerned if his expressive emotions look bad to others.
“That’s the media’s problem, because everybody knows up in this locker room who I am,” Bryant told ESPN. “It’s been that way since day one. The day that I got drafted, like I told y’all, don’t get it twisted: I love this game. I love my teammates. That’s what it is. It’s going to forever remain the same. It started in Pop Warner, went to middle school, went to high school, went to college, and it’s here. It’s going to stay that way. It won’t change.”
Defending Dez Bryant, owner/general manager Jerry Jones says that maybe the his first passionate meltdown could have helped the Cowboys.
“Not in any way did it concern me,” Jones said. “It’s not a negative for our team. Matter of fact, when he started that as I saw, timingwise, we started playing better on our offense, and the defense didn’t hear it. They were out on the field. It’s not an issue. I’m not trying to make light of it. But he’s a very passionate player, and he competes and works and does all the things that give him the collateral to use with his teammates and with me relative to a few awkward moments on the sideline, overexpression of passion. He’s bought enough slack with me.”
Detroit Lions beat the Dallas Cowboys with a final score of 31-30.
Dez Bryant Meltdown
Dez Bryant has a tantrum and the Detroit Lions miraculous finish to beat the Dallas Cowboys. Final Score – Detroit – 31 Dallas – 30.
Dez Bryant Tantrum
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant talks about his sideline demeanor after the Cowboys’ last-second loss against the Lions.