5 Ways the Dallas Cowboys Can Help Keep Dez Bryant out of Trouble
Leaving your idealism at home and your sense of hope on the side of the highway, how shocked are you that Bryant is having off-the-field issues?
By my superficial count, I would say that not many hands are being raised. Bryant had his fair share of problems before landing in Dallas, and for some, this is just a continuation of what he did while in college.
But regardless off what many may think about the young receiver, his problems pale in comparison to many NFL troublemakers. He doesn’t have a DUI, a drug charge nor has he been caught with an illegal weapon in his car.
He simply has some personal issues that probably stem from the way he was raised.
In order for Bryant to have success on the field, Dallas may have to take some actions off the field.
Here are five ways the Cowboys can keep Bryant out of trouble.
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The only problem with either offering counseling or forcing it is that he does not have to participate.
Oh, the team can force him to go, but that does not mean that he will listen or take any advice.
I’m not sure if Bryant believes that he has an issue or not. He held a joint presser (prepared statement via ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth) with his mom where lawyers announced that no charges would be filed against him.
In the end, I believe the team should offer counseling services to him. It wouldn’t hurt, and at least, it's another outlet for Bryant to possibly vent his frustrations.
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Bryant may already have a personal mentor on the team. I know that Tony Romo and Jerry Jones have his back, but is that just publicly, or have they had a personal chat with him?
Is there a veteran on the team who can provide guidance to the young Bryant? An individual who has traveled the same road as Bryant and can relate and empathize with his struggle?
For the sake of the team and his progression as a player, should the Cowboys assign a team representative to Bryant as they did with Pacman Jones?
Are his problems so bad that he needs a bodyguard to keep him out of trouble?
The situation may not be that dire, but he's simply too talented to fall through the cracks.
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Bryant signed his deal before the new CBA was ratified, so maybe there's a clause within his contract that allows the team to release him if his problems persist.
Should the Cowboys look at redoing Bryant's deal to absolve themselves of financial responsibility if Bryant's problems get worse?
While I believe this would be a good business move for the team, I seriously doubt this is feasible or that Bryant's camp would go for this.
I only see this happening is Bryant goes by way of Pacman Jones. If he decides to involve himself in a gas station shooting or make it rain in a strip club, Bryant should be fine.
Cut in Playing Time
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How bad would the Cowboys like to see Bryant succeed personally to sacrifice success on the field? Simply put, are they willing to cut his playing time to send a message?
I don't mean not starting him for the first three minutes of the first quarter. I mean really slashing his time on the field by sitting him for a certain number of games or only allowing him to play for 25 snaps per game.
If it gets to the point where the team has to cut his playing time, it may be best for Bryant to be released.
Let's just hope it doesn't get to that point.
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I believe that this one may already be in place. The team should have Bryant check in with Jerry Jones or team Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones.
This may set a precedent that is unfair to Bryant or other players on the team, but fairness was never promised to anyone on this planet or to any player on the Dallas Cowboys.
Ask some of the players involved in the infamous “white house” days of the 90s.
More than anything, the Cowboys want to help Bryant. He will soon be the team’s top receiver, and I believe they will not win a Super Bowl without him.
His issues aren’t crime-related, and he doesn’t have a drug problem. Bryant has personal issues of a domestic matter that may not be as bad as we think.
In all honesty, I hope that Bryant ends up OK. I would like to see him do well and aid the Cowboys in their quest for another championship.