Monday, June 7, 2010

Dallas Cowboys Revamp Going into 2010


Austin, Tx.--Excitement still fills the air six weeks after the Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant in the 2010 draft--and rightfully so.

The Cowboys got their man, deemed a top 5 talent by most scouts, at the #24 spot in the draft. A truly phenomenal player, Dez Bryant has all the potential in the world. However, some scouts warn about a troubled past, which begs some questions from Cowboys fans.

When was the last time Dallas was burned by drafting a player who had a poor relationship with their parents?

I don't recall this ever being the sole reason a player didn't work out for us in the past. Correct me if I'm wrong.

When was the last time the Dallas Cowboys passed on drafting someone based on their family life?

Everyone, everyone in the know at least, knows the question posed to Bryant by Jeff Ireland. Hey everyone! Dez Bryant has a dysfunctional family! So we should put stock in what Ireland says while simultaneously watching Dez's stock fall.


Because, somehow, coming from a dysfunctional family affects what kind of football player you can be....(and I've got some ocean front property in AZ.)

Hey, it works for me. But that's only because I'm a die hard Cowboys fan. And we got Dez with the 24th pick. That's value! To put it simply, it's thrilling we drafted a top 5 talent with the 24th pick. We fans love Dez's ability and we all know how much value we got this year. With a new feeling amongst us, we ponder the endless possibilities we now have on offense.

Dallas is obviously building for the future by drafting a player like Dez when the oldest pass receivers on offense are Jason Witten and Roy Williams, who aren't bad players themselves. And they certainly aren't too old at this point in their careers. So it's exciting to know that we have added to the talent already in place. The possibilities of Dez, Williams and Austin playing any position on the field enamors even the dullest of fans.

The kicker is, Dez Bryant wants to be here. During and interview he replied,"I'm not disappointed at all," said Bryant, who grew up two hours away in East Texas. "Me falling to the Cowboys, that's the best thing that could ever happen to me. I'm so happy. I'm exited. I'm ready to go to work." [2]

So much for the kid having a large ego, eh?
A close look at his on-the-field capabilities, coupled with his professional off-the-field demeanor, shows us that Dez's enthusiasm reeks of the stuff of the past. You know the stuff I'm talking about. The stuff #88 once awed us with. That pizazz.

Confident, Dez Bryant's on the field product is exciting to watch. He adjusts to the ball like a seasoned wideout. He makes yards after the catch. He goes up and gets it. The most exciting part is it comes down with him 95% of the time. The guy is a phenomenon, and he catches everything near his sight.

So why, again, did he fall to us at #24?

It turns out Jeff Ireland, a former Dallas Cowboys Scout, gives us a glimpse at why Dez Bryant fell to us. And it wasn't because of Dez Bryant. It was because of people like Ireland, who don't realize character comes from being given respect by others. Respect is really what molds a player into becoming great. Players sense respect. They're humans with instincts.

When he interviewed with Ireland, I'm betting Dez also sensed that he did not want to be part of the Miami Dolphins. To be honest, I could have seen his career taking a dive there had he been subject to the sort of prejudicial and psychological behind-the-scenes abuse in Miami. Of course, that's speculating to some degree. But it's often true that if you treat someone a certain way, they'll start to act like it even if they're not that way.

So surely we're making up excuses about why Dez fell to us, right?


Some of it may be excuse making. But the factor which diminished Dez Bryant (his family life) was something irrelevant and the fact it was even questioned is something in and of itself that utterly lacks class. Jeff Ireland and people like him have no business being involved in young people's lives. A question like that could send a young player reacting and going down the wrong path. He could give the media a field day starting off on the wrong foot like that.But not Dez. He's here to work. If you don't believe him, just ask him.

So you might take Ireland's word for it and say, but were merely the 24th pick.


But there were three factors as to why Dez Bryant became a Cowboy. Firstly, other teams had positions of need to fill before Dallas' turn on the board. Seconly, people like Ireland devalued Dez with their old school mentality. To me that's exploiting someone's youth and disrespecting his manhood. Thirdly, we traded up a few spots with New England and so we got him before Baltimore took him at #25. That's risky business. But that's the business of the NFL.

And the truth of it all is it doesn't matter why Dez Bryant fell to the Cowboys. Some of us like to believe it's the guy upstairs, looking through the hole in the roof, working his magic.

If Dez gives it his all and leaves some things to a higher power, I think the guy will thrive in the NFL. I see Hall of Fame potential.

The below video isn't just a highlight reel; it's a capability reel. Bryant has the capability to go down as one of the best in history. If you don't believe me, just watch for yourself.

In the past, the Cowboys have shown a knack for finding diamonds in the rough. For example, everyone knows that neither Austin nor Romo were drafted. Although make no mistake, Dez was drafted with high hopes in mind--high hopes for a championship. Dez Bryant adds a new feeling of confidence. As Dallas mounts its next attempt at a Super Bowl run for this year, they've also put themselves in a great position to win in the future with the right personnel and talent for years to come.

So from the first edition of Dallas Cowboys Daily, this one goes out to Dez Bryant.

A new era, and a new feeling, has begun. Nicely done, Dallas.


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