Last week, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said this when talking about matching up with Detroit Lions All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson (via ESPNDallas.com):
“Truth be told, I don’t compare myself to nobody,” Bryant said Monday during an appearance on 103.3 FM ESPN in Dallas. “I think Calvin’s the best at what he [does]. I think I’m the best at what I do.”
The pregame talk set up a juicy matchup on Sunday, and Johnson and the Lions got the best of the Cowboys in a 31-30 win. In the victory, Bryant had two touchdowns including this catch of the year candidate, but Johnson was his usual Megatron self.
Actually, he wasn’t. He was better. Johnson had 329 receiving yards — eight shy of a single-game NFL record for receiving yards, and the Lions won on an improbable game-winning drive in which the Cowboys’ pass defense was abused by not just Megatron, but Kris Durham.
But that’s not what’s getting all the attention today. It’s all about Dez, who had not one, but TWO tirades on the sidelines during the game:
Here’s one, Bryant yelling at assistant Derek Dooley and quarterback Tony Romo.
And …. two, Bryant going at it with tight end Jason Witten before defensive end DeMarcus Ware steps in as peacemaker (or at least tries to).
Bryant’s sideline supernova set off national commentary. Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel said Bryant may have had a point with his tirade, while CBS Sports’ Greg Doyal said Dez might need to be put in time out.
Bryant was unapologetic after his outbursts, says NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal. ESPNDallas.com’s Jean-Jacques Taylor said the Cowboys’ composure was lost in the blink of an eye. FOX analyst Brian Billick blasted Bryant for his sideline meltdown.
Going back to his days with Oklahoma State, no one can question Bryant’s competitive drive and love for football. But his maturity (or lack thereof) was put back in the spotlight on Sunday.
Dez is a warrior,great competitor,supreme talent- but he makes the same mistakes over and over socially
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) October 28, 2013
No one is suggesting Dez Bryant shouldn’t have passion. Lots of guys have passion. They don’t all act like that. #Cowboys
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) October 28, 2013
Dez Bryant was targeted one more time than Peyton Hillis this week, so let’s maybe consider the idea that he has a point.
— Greg Tepper (@Tepper) October 28, 2013