Dez Bryant has had a rough month. There was the mall incident. His good friend Deion Sanders dropped him like a bad habit. There have been a couple of embarrassing lawsuits. Texas sweats the Cowboys 24/7/365, so the local media is hammering Bryant. His outstanding rookie campaign? Forgotten. It was only a matter of time before someone uttered something really silly. Like this: “The Cowboys never should have drafted this idiot … Like I said, I never would have drafted him.”
Let’s peek into Jennifer Floyd Engel’s archives, shall we?
Jan. 14: There also is the “absolutely must keep” crew, who do not merit much discussion, either, with Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware and Dez and Witten and Ratliff and Bradie and Miles and Spencer and Doug Free and Mike Jenkins.
November 18, 2010: “The dude is a beast, one of those players teams will kick themselves for years for skipping over. Turns out, all of the “expert” reasons to draft Dez have proven valid while none of the reasons to take a pass has materialized. Not only is he dripping in raw talent, but he is an incredibly hard worker and a play-hard-no-matter-what guy.”
July 27, 2010: Jennifer Floyd Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram thinks Bryant making some uncomfortable is a good thing: “This team needs Dez; his swagger, his cocky, his intense drive to show up and show up big, his burning passion to not just be great but do it right now, immediately. Because if this team is going to navigate the distance between good and great and from close to there, competition cannot just be a word Coach Wade uses at news conferences.”
And yes, when Bryant scores twice in week one, we’ll revisit this post.