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Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: October 22, 2011 12:26 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Cowboys are currently 2-3. They're a tremendous disappointment thus far in 2011, and have some, ahem, trust issues, but, as we talked about on the most recent podcast, Dallas dealt with a tough schedule through the first five games and are just now getting healthy, setting them up as a sleeper to make a run in a wide-open NFC East.

Unless Dez Bryant decides to blow their cover by saying ridiculous things. Like, for instance, that the Cowboys are "unbeatable" and the "pros is much easier" than college football.

"I like to keep my personal goals to myself," Bryant said during a recent interview at the Dallas House of Blues, via the Dallas Morning News. "As far as the team, I like our chances. I feel like, it may sound crazy, I think we are unbeatable."

Yes, the obvious counterargument is that the Cowboys have already lost. Three times. But apparently it doesn't count in the L column if you beat yourself.

"I think the losses, we lost those games ourselves," Bryant continued. "I feel like once we get back in that meeting room and regroup, and we learn from our mistakes, the sky's the limit."

This is very, very true. The Cowboys don't have issues with the people that are on the field for them, insofar as athletic skill and raw talent is concerned. They're fielding a team that's capable -- on paper -- of winning the Super Bowl.

But, as Bryant points out, the Cowboys make silly mistakes. Like giving a Tom Brady and the Pats the ball back with 2:43 left in a game at home and down less than a touchdown. Or like insulting NFL defenses by saying that it's easier to play receiver than in college.

"I really think the pros is much easier," Bryant said. "The reason I say that is because in college I didn't see too much man, too much 1-on-1. I always got double-teamed and a lot of zone coverages. When I see that one-on-one in the league, my eyes get big. I start visualizing what I'm going to do after the play."

OK, real quickly: why is it that people can't delineate between statements that are "team-oriented" and "silly"? Because surely Bryant doesn't think NFL defensive backs are no good, and surely he understands he only gets a ton of one-on-one looks because there are other good receiving options on his team. Surely he gets that. Right?

Look, Bryant was saying these things on an episode of Inside the Huddle, a weekly FSN show which is filmed at the Dallas HoB and co-hosted by Miles Austin and Tashard Choice. It's a relaxed environment in front of Cowboys fans, and no doubt he felt comfortable saying some outlandish things to his teammates. (See for yourself here -- spicy quotes begin at 13:43.)

Additionally, Choice is the one interviewing Bryant. So Bryant didn't look at TMZ, pound his chest and scream "we are UNBEATABLE!" -- he's just telling a teammate in front of a bunch of Cowboys fans (albeit with a camera rolling) that he thinks Dallas is really good.

The problem is those darn cameras. Dez needs to realize that they're usually running whenever he or someone on the Cowboys says anything.

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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:18 pm

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

I really can't understand why anyone would have a problem with this. A player on an underacheiving team tells his teammates he thinks they're unbeatable. I don't see how this would hurt the Cowboys. All it could do is motivate them, but prolly not coming from a second-yr receiver

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:02 pm

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier


I picked the Cowboys to go to the Super Bowl -- if anything I'm biased TOWARDS the Cowboys!

-- Brinson 

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:48 am

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

I thought, well, maybe he's talking about the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but alas, Dez Bryant was not.  Oklahoma State has a chance to run the table, Dallas, not so much.  Good try Dez.  

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:41 am

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

Wil Brinson needs to take off his bias goggles or he'll never write a decent article. If you don't want every player on your team believing your are unbeatable when you play up to your abilities then you are a fool. As for the college nonsense, he never insinuated in any way that pro defenders are not as good as Wil for some reason eludes to. He was actually saying the opposite and it makes perfect sense. Pro defenders are expected to be better than College and because of that Bryant sees more man to man than he did in College and any receiver would and should be excited about this and chomping at the bit to test these defenders. Bryant is big and physical and more often than not he beats defenders in man to man situations. Trash talk all you like but this kid has the perfect attitude any coach would want in a rookie player. 

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:37 am

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

Dallas has never gone for smart players just dumb jocks from around the South. What makes Aaron Rodgers so good is that he has brains-  had way over 1300 SATs when he got into Berkeley.  Brains do count but idiots can't (2-3 isn't unbeatable lol)

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:12 am

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

This guy needs tested for a concussion! Nothing says hammer me in the NFL like college is easier. Dez better get mirrors installed on his helmet cause everyone that read that is gonna be trying to drill him for the rest of the season. I am predicting Dallas doesnt win out, Dez develops a case of the droppsies and maybe he should play for Rex Ryan.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 22, 2011 11:07 am

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

Not too smart there Dez.  I don't care where the statement occurred - he should have known that the cameras are always rolling and the mics are always open.  He's now the guy who's woken up every corner and safety in the league.  Easier in the pros, huh Dez?  If ESPN's Monday Night Football crew still did "Jacked Up", he'd be on it every week.  He's probably going to get a little extra "care" from DBs for the foreseeable future.  The kid's got talent, no doubt, but he's a neophyte in this league and has no idea how hard it really is.  It's easy when you've got Miles Austin on the other side to take some heat off.  I'd like to see this kid in AZ in place of Larry Fitzgerald as the far and away #1 threat with a struggling QB or Jacksonville where MJD is the offense and he'd have to be #1 with a QB who, let's face it, for all Romo's problems, he's still better at getting the ball to his WRs, let's see, who's the QB in Jacksonville?  Oh, that's right, it's rookie Blaine Gabbert who's hitting less than 50% of his passes and averaging less than 200 yards a game.  No disrespect intended to Kolb, Gabbert, either team, or their fans.  But Dez needs to be careful about what he says in public, especially since nobody's mistaking him for Jerry Rice, on the field or off.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:35 am

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

Who's got a problem with this? If the Cowboys play up to maximum capability, they could run the table.  But if otehr teams also played to their maximum, the Cowboys won't.  This has to do with talent, coaching and performance.  The Cowboys truly are one of the most talented teams on paper.  But they don't show it four quarters on the field, and their coaching decisions aren't up to the same level.  Case in point: never in their history have they lost a game with a double digit lead in the fourth quarter.  It's already happened twice this year, against the Jets and the travesty against the Lions.  And even in the Patriots game, they had a lead late in the fourth quarter with the ball.  They could have run out the clock or scored a clinching touchdown. Instead, they lost.
    On the other hand, their two wins required comebacks late, winning in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Dez, there's only a slight difference between winning 9 or 10 of your next eleven and losing 9 or 10 of your next eleven.  I'm not from Missouri, but show me.

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