Dez Bryant's Rant Not a Bad One
Remember when we saw Dez Bryant flipping out during the Dallas-Detroit game?
The way he looked, it looked as if he was pulling a TO and ripping his teammates.
Prior to game day, Bryant made quite an issue of comparing himself to Calvin Johnson. On the day, Johnson was putting up pinball numbers, and the Cowboy wide receiver wasn't. It fit with his image to assume he was taking out his frustrations on anyone near him.
The broadcast announcers thought so, at least in this instance:
But looks can be deceiving.
Apparently, if you watch and listen to the audio that accompanies the video, Bryant was not ripping his teammates at all. In fact, he was encouraging them.
Tony Romo seems to appreciate Bryant's passion.
“I’m sure you have seen him get emotional, which happens every game,” Romo said. “He’s a competitive guy. He’s never complained to me about getting the ball. He knows that the ball’s going to where it’s supposed to. He knows that. When you guys sometimes see emotions from Dez, it’s just trying to ‘rah, rah’ more than it is being a ‘me’ guy.
"That’s not who Dez is. I think that would be completely out of character for him if there was ever a ‘me’ situation. He does a great job. Sometimes he gets emotional just about, ‘Come on guys, come on, we’re better than this.’ Things like that, really emotionally. He’s never a self-first guy."
Watch the NFL.com video and judge for yourself if Bryant's rant was justified.
How refreshing to actually see a guy encourage his teammates rather than rip them apart.