Much has been made of Dez Bryant’s ill-fated decision to walk off the field in the midst of the Cowboys’ inexplicable loss last Sunday. The mercurial receiver said he only did it because he was on the verge of tears.
He may need a few more tissues.
In an online chat with fans on Monday, longtime Dallas columnist Rick Gosselin called Bryant “classless and immature” for exhibiting a lack of accountability.
“Walking off the field is class-less and immature. If the losing team shakes your hand when you win, you should be there to shake the winner’s hand when you lose,” Gosselin said. “But there is so little accountability on this team. Dez can walk off. Romo can check out of a run to a pass. The players run the show at Valley Ranch, not the coaches. And that’s why this team won’t win the way it’s currently structured.”
Gosselin is right in the sense that the inmates may indeed run the asylum in Big D, and the team’s problems extend far beyond Bryant. There seems to be a severe disconnect between coaches and players, evidenced by none other than Tony Romo’s questionable decision to audible out of a run prior to his back-breaking interception.
“Tony Romo doesn’t want to run. Jason Garrett doesn’t want to run. And that one play aside, Bill Callahan apparently doesn’t want to run, either,” Gosselin added. “It seems DeMarco Murray is the only guy over there who wants to run. The Cowboys cut their fullback before training camp and then brought three tight ends to camp who could catch but offered little in the way of blocking. How can you expect to run the ball when there’s no commitment to it? You don’t avoid the run all season long and then decide in the final minutes of the 14th game that you want to run the ball. Running the football is a mindset. That mindset hasn’t been cultivated since Garrett became head coach.”
Until that mindset changes — or Garrett is removed from the equation — Bryant’s waterworks likely won’t be a one time occurrence.
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