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Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant hasn't done anything

Posted on: September 13, 2011 11:45 am
Former Cowboys great Drew Pearson is unimpressed with Dez Bryant. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Tony Romo got a name check in our Week 1: Coach Killers column, not so much because we think he'll get Jason Garrett fired, but based on the perception that he has a knack for making the worst decisions at critical points in the game.

Against the Jets on Sunday night, Romo did just that, throwing a back-breaking interception late in the fourth quarter. The pass was intended for Dez Bryant, who had been limping around the field for some time with cramps, but was easily picked off by Darrelle Revis.

At the time, we wondered why Romo would throw in Bryant's direction since it was clear that he wasn't 100 percent. To his credit, Romo took full responsibility for the loss but former Cowboys great Drew Pearson isn't concerned about the quarterback. His issues are with Bryant, the team's 2010 first-round pick.

Appearing on 103.3 FM Monday, Pearson, according to the Dallas Morning News said, “You saw what happened in the fourth quarter. We had wide receivers that couldn’t finish the game. Come on! Jeez!”

He was just getting warmed up: “The first quarter was spectacular. Great job, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah,” Pearson said. “But now we need you in the fourth quarter and you can’t even run? You catch three passes in the first quarter and then you get targeted five times after that and you don’t make any catches? . . . Let’s not be so high on this guy who hasn’t really done anything. He missed four games last season, he comes in this game and he can’t finish it out."

Bryant seems to attract scrutiny. Former mentor Deion Sanders distanced himself from Bryant after the "droopy pants at the mall" incident, saying in March that "[Bryant] needs help. I told the Cowboys from Day 1 that he needs help. Matter of fact, they have a team in place to help him. But you cannot tell a grown man what to do." Then there's the civil suit for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid debt.

As for the play in question against the Jets that led to the Revis interception, Pearson observed, "Dez's first move was a jump, a hop-step. What is that? That's one second gone from the pass route. I mean, what is that? Come on. …

"Yeah, he's raw. He's a monster. That's what monsters do, I guess. You see that in high school kids running routes like that."

We're pretty sure Pearson was being sarcastic there.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:07 am

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 1:55 pm

Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant hasn't done anything

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Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:31 pm

Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant hasn't done anything

Agree to disagree. Good luck with everything.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:55 pm

Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant hasn't done anything

@LT 1. I'm not concerned with what you do because its not germane to my original comment. Now let me deconstruct you. My comment was in reference to Drew Pearson, a blackman living in this society, criticizing another young blackman unneccesarily. In my culture sometimes my race tends to not think about how their comments can be harsh, especially to a young blackman trying to make his way in a highly competitve business with powerful people. Since you brought up your vocation you shoudve understood my point. You didnt and I understand why.

2. I feel Mr. Pearsons comments were out of jealousy, not coming from a genuine place of constructive criticism. You have seemed to forget the whole point of the comment by Mr. Pearson because you referred to a white commentator making a statement about a black player. I have no idea where that came from. (go back and read wht you said its in print) Lets try to keep up!

3. My "BUT" was the choice of word I used, it wouldve made no difference if I said "However." I was simply saying that Mr. Pearson shouldve, in my opinion, shown some compassion for a young man who is black and struggling to find the right mannerisms in life. I dont expect you to understand the point I was making, its very hard for people such as yourself to do that. And by the way you have responded to me I can see it even more clearly now. Also, my comment was nothing close to emotional, however, yours was very emotionally charged. I will give you the last word because we will agree do disagree, and thats fine, but I believe in what I said and I stand by it. If you truly work with troubled youth then your words wouldve reflected it, not try to defend your personal beliefs about how you see race in America.  

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 4:13 pm

Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant hasn't done anything

You claim you do not want to make it racial yet you're the one who decided to bring race into the issue? Huh? And you had the courage to attack MY INTELLIGENCE on this point. lol. It's like arguing with an insane person. Your post was not intellectual but emotional...and it shows because you've contradicted yourself multiple times. Here's a direct quote from your last post with the key word "but" underlined for you: 

I hate to make it racial but its hard enough as a blackman to make it in this world...

The pressence of the word "but" means that you decided to make your post racial. There is no argument on this point. It's a fact that cannot be disputed. You decided to bring race into a discussion and then backtracked when someone called you out on it. If you only knew my job you'd laugh because I work with black people on a REGULAR BASIS. Not only do I work with them, I am an advocate for THEM every day of my life. I.e. I empathize with their plight and talk to black men and women in-depth about poverty, children at a young age, growing up with drug-addict parents, crime, and things you probably couldn't imagine.

That being said I do not condone race being used as an excuse to treat anyone differently. You apparently do- you claim that it was inappropriate for a white guy to talk poorly about a black wide receiver who is known to showboat and not give his best effort because....he's black and blacks have "a hard enough time making it in this world." That was a direct quote from you my friendn and that is RACISM--treating someone different because of the color of their skin. It is also called lack of reality (can you imagine if every time a sportscaster made a comment about a player that was negative he got in trouble? It would do away with reporting. In your world, you want this reporter to be sweet and kind and caring to Dez because he's black. Keep on going through life with that view...very sad. 

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:02 am

Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant hasn't done anything

@LT I know you wanted and tried to sound intelligent but you helped further the point I was trying to make. I said I didnt want to make it racial, but if you are caucasian and you sound like you are, you wouldnt know rascism is still prevelent in todays society and NFL. My point was merely that Drew Pearson attacked the young man just to create conversation as you say, thats weak. I'm not saying Pearson didnt have the right to criticize Dez, but the way he did it was uncalled for. Dez was out there trying his hardest to compete, he didnt have the ball in his hands when Romo threw the pick, he had no control of the situation. Mr. Pearson seems to think that bc Dez couldnt run led to the INT. Then proceeded to pile on for no reason. His motives were suspect and yours are to for trying to WHITEWASH my intepretation of his comments.

Drew Pearson is flat out jealous of Dez and you can hear it in his comments, and he did get set up by his employers to hate on a fellow Cowboy! Drew is just mad that he is an old man and Dez will one day break all his records further pushing him down in obscurity in Dallas Cowboys history.

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:01 am

Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant hasn't done anything

Eaglechokeagain- get over yourself and stop trying to make everything racial- it's embarassing. There is no racial animus in the NFL- period. Just take a look around. In regard to what you would have preferred- sure maybe giving guidance would have been one way to go, but Pearson went a different route. In all fairness, he's a sportscaster- that's what he's paid to do-- analyze and provide some color to what might otherwise be a boring recap of Bryant's 70 yards receiving and a score. What's wrong with that? Everyone in the world is blaming the game on Romo (a guy who threw for over 300 yards in the game and 2 scores). Is that racially based? No it's just analysis. Pearson had a different view of what happened and that's what makes for good discussion. People don't have to act the way you want them to act. Pearson is not Dez Bryant's personal mentor so he owes him no ethical or moral obligations as you seem to believe. Reality check: Racism is dead in the NFL. You need to get over yourself before you get laughed out of every intelligent conversation you get yourself into because of tired and emotional rhettoric you want to espouse.

Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 2:45 am

Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant hasn't done anything

Bryant might be to blame for the int. But the game and momentum turned on Dallas when Tony ( butterfingers) Romo fumbled at the 1 yard line reminded me of the playoff game against Seattle he blew

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