Dez Bryant Arrested: Is bringing T.O. back to the Cowboys such a bad idea?

Ok, I know what some of you may be thinking. But, hey, I have to say this much. So much for all of the B.S coming out of Valley Ranch about how much Dez Bryant has matured. It amazes me how this organization continues to try and patronize us as fans. I guess at this point, I should be saying so much for Jason Garrett’s “The Right Kind Of Guys” theory.

Terrell Owens was one of the most controversial players to ever wear the star. Was he really as poisonous in the locker room as so many members of the media led us to believe? A lot of people have their opinions about him, but lets do a little comparison to Jerry Jones’ latest poster boy. Before I do that, let me start by saying I find it amusing that an organization the size of the Dallas Cowboys has actually proven that they feel threatened by a ‘lil peon like me.

You are probably wondering what I mean by that right? Ok let me explain. The main reason I started writing about the Cowboys was because I got tired of all the hype and propaganda coming out of Valley Ranch year after year that did nothing at all but fill us ‘lil people, the fans, with false hope, only to set us up for one disappointing season after another. Did you ever hear the expression “To Live In Hope Is To Die In Despair”?

Yup, I had to become a realist. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love my Cowboys, but that doesn’t mean I have to love the current management structure. My whole objective was to report the truth to the fans. Yes, an honest assessment of whats going on in Dallas, in regards to needs on the roster, as well as evaluations of both free agent signings and draft picks.

Now that my audience of readers has grown to a certain point, every time I post a comment or a link to one of my articles on it gets deleted. Hmmm , I guess they don’t want the fans seeing the truth (but they can’t control what I say here). Lets face it, hating on Romo, posting spam, bashing coaches, and in some cases even bashing the staff writers is fine. I have even seen direct attacks on fans by other fans. That’s allowed, but let someone post a fact-based comment on how bad off the offensive line is, or any other fact-based comment and it gets deleted. Grins, Smiles, Giggles and Laughs. I am flattered.

Nov 6, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) on the bench during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

As everyone knows, Dez Bryant (yes the overgrown teenager) has been arrested . So much for all the hype this year about how much he has matured…it was just more B.S. Lets do a little recap of history here, shall we? Almost immediately after coming in to the NFL, it comes out that he is being sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bling he charged and obviously had no intention of paying for. Then it was the run in with the mall cops. At that point, I said trade him while he still has some value because this pattern of behavior is telling me it will only get worse. Then, it was the run in with the police in Miami. Now, (and this one is a sore spot with me as a woman) domestic violence. Trust me, they dont actually arrest you unless you put your hands on the girl.

Is this the kind of guy you want in the locker room? Is this the kind of guy you want the young receivers around? Was T.O. really that bad in retrospect? I think not. I had the opportunity to speak with a reliable source inside Valley Ranch who was actually there and close to the situation with T.O. As usual, the media twisted everything around. I have to admit, I was not among the majority, but I was not a happy camper when they cut him. However, that’s because I have learned not to believe half of what gets reported from Valley Ranch. Kind of like JJ’s statement that this would be a Romo-friendly draft. Chuckles again. How many offensive linemen did he draft.

Feb 23, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

After speaking to my source at Valley Ranch, I actually had to eat a little crow myself. I have had some pretty harsh things to say about Jerry Jones over the years and I have learned that it isn’t all him. I have come to learn that JJ makes most of his decisions based on input from his coaches. Namely Jason Garrett, who seems to have some magical power of persuasion over him. The biggest problem was that T.O. called him out on not only his play calling, but the way he coordinated the passing game. The fact is, Coach Sherman didn’t like it either. According to a source close to the situation, the T.O. cutting and the way the passing game was managed was why Sherman left the Cowboys coaching staff. We know 1st hand this isn’t the 1st good coach that didn’t want to stay in Dallas. Rumor has it that JG was constantly undermining Wade Phillips, but that’s another story.

It was JG’s decison to draft Felix Jones over Rashard Mendenhall,  just like it was his decision to cut T.O. In fact, Jerry really liked him. Believe it or not, so did most of his teammates. The fact is, Coach Sherman raved about how much time he spent helping to coach the young receivers. T.O was that leader and mentor that was needed in the locker room. He set the tone for how elite NFL players train and condition to be the best they can be. After all, he learned from Jerry Rice. Who is that leader among the WR’s now? Dez Bryant?  The guy Stephen Jones said is ready to be the #1? Chuckles again. The fact is, in any place of employment there will be some personality clashes.

Yes, T.O. had an ego problem. But, how many times did you see his name in the paper for off field issues? How many times did you see him disappear in the second half because he was out of shape? How much time did you see him spend getting paid to watch because he wasn’t conditioned properly and had the type of injuries that result from that? My point exactly. Love the man or hate him, he earned his pay every Sunday and left all he had on the field.

Don’t forget the media circus Michael Irvin created. Don’t forget the cap hit and draft picks scarificed by cutting T.O. to get Roy Williams at Garrett’s request. How did that work out? How did Garrett’s decision to put Amendola on the practice squad work out? If you saw Hard Knocks, you heard T.O. say he should be one they keep. You also heard the praise T.O. got from Romo and his other team mates as well as the coaches.

The fact remains that the NFL is a business. The fact also remains that no receiver in the history of the Dallas Cowboys ever put up the kind of numbers T.O. did over a three year period of time. 235 receptions for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns. Prior to his injury in Cincinatti in 2010, he had already amassed 72 receptions for 983 yards and 9 touchdowns while sharing touches with Ochocinco.

Oct 24, 2010; Atlanta, GA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) tries to fight off a tackle by Atlanta Falcons safety Erik Coleman (26) after making a catch in the third quarter at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Bengals 39-32. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Over the last 2 seasons, Dez Bryant has amassed 108 receptions for 1,489 yards and 15 touchdowns. After 2 years he still didn’t know the play book, nor how to run all the routes properly. As you can see, even at his age, in an injury shortened season, T.O. put up better numbers than Bryant. You can love or hate the man, but the fact remains that the Cowboys need a complete WR who is capable of stepping up to the #1 spot. Especially in light of the fact that this last incident could very well result in Dez getting suspended from the NFL. Hitting women isn’t taken lightly among the moral majority of this great nation. Especially not by me.

One thing I can say, at least we were winning with T.O and he is still capable of spreading the field. As you can see in the pictures, the guy is in great shape. A little food for thought? Randy Moss, as old as he is, won the #1 WR spot this year. Don’t think for 1 second that T.O couldn’t push for that job in Dallas.



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  • Antonio Silva

    At 39 years of age, Can T.O. still produce at the NFL level? and is JG going to welcome T.O. with open arms? Dez Bryant just forced the Cowboys to look for another receiver even he doesn’t get suspended. Best bet for the Cowboys is find another Laurent Robinson type.

    • boysteamusa

      JG is the problem. He would not welcome T.O back to the team.

  • Jbbravo2007

    Im not saying Dez didnt hit his mom but we dont really know what happened that day. Also i would not put it past Dez mom to lie and lets not act like a when a woman says a man hit her that it doesnt always ends up going the womens way even if it did not happen. I have a uncle that his wife would attack him and he would push her away but all she had to say was he hit her and off to jail he went. I do like the idea of bringing T.O. back since last season. To me most receivers are drama you deal with it. T.O. should have stayed and just worked with him.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      jbbravo, your right we don’t know exactly what happened, the Captain of the police force said they had detectives investigate prior to charging him. Trust me they were not going to arrest a professional athlete without making sure there was enough evidence to do so. Jerry called in favors for him when he got in trouble before. I doubt he will do it again.

  • californy

    My view on Dez is no differnt what is was months ago , this hasnt change a thing. I have always though the boys should of trade one otheir WR and signed Laurent this offseason for a top 36 pick in this year drfaft, but that is all water under the bridge. I still stick to my gun in trading both WR Dez and Miles Austin in the next 2 years. We just need to staggard the trade to develope other WR. A 9 million dollar WR who doesnt get 1200 yards just doesnt work for me, that is the reason I want to move both WR. A 9 million dollar contract represents 1/12 of the dallas current budget, If DEz become the number 1 receiver then we will have 2 player earning 9 million a year and representing 1/6 of the team budget. Those number dont add up to a team that need and has good balance. There are other 53 people who must shair the rest of the 102 million per year, which come out to a average of less than 2 million per year, we know about the other large contracts of Witten, Romo, Ratliff, Carr, Free, Scandrick, & Spears. Then you must factor in future contract like Lee into the budget, and these number just dont make sence. My guess is these player I just mention yearly contract come out to 46 lillion, then add that to the 18 million, that 64 million for 9 player. Yup that why this team is no where near winning the big game, you have 9 player making over half the team budged, and the rest of the 45 player mush shair 56 million dollars. This problem has nothing to do with Dez, It has to do with this team GM. Something has to give and it the lack of depth, and the poor quality of player on the team, and the team poor record in the last 15 years. GB top WR will make 4.95 million a year and he had like 1300-1400 yards.

  • californy

    Great Article Cowgirl the best one you have every written, and trust me I seem many of them by now. What kind of stange Cowgirl, is you mirror my though in this article and my feeling toward the Dallas Cowboys. I feel I owe JJ half an appology, I always though it was him who was setting us back in the future. I am also here to expose the truth for what it is. I didnt realise JG had his hand in he Cowboys future even to the point of underminding Wade Phillips. I guess when you see Wade sucess in Houston, it should come as no surprise to me. I always knew he was a great DC, it too bad JG was not a willing participant in this ackward partnership that JJ had scheme out, when he hired him as HC. Yeah there way too much propoganda that I dont buy into here in Dallas, Why were the boy so interested in a player like Gordon in the supplemental, when it was well know of his 3 incidents with drug use. Where the Cowboys going to hide these fact from the fans, and circumvent the right kind of guy policy. I even think this policy is a sham as well. I believe in the policy they have purge the nasty and leadership we need in having players who are driven.

  • californy

    I was doing some research on TO the other day and I think I learn somethings about him that help explain the flambouyant style he is today. TO was raised by his mother and Grandmother, was not allow to play ball untill he was of HS age. He was a skinny kid of 6-3 167 lbs, who use to sneak out of the house at 2;00 AM just so he can practice and expercise. He took up weigh training and bulk up to 185 when he graduated school. He did weight training to protect himself from the bullies who use to pick on him. TO continue his weight training and build up to 220 lbs when he graduate from College, today he is 3 lbs heavier, and during this process in college he went from a 4,65 40 speed to 4.36 at combine number. Dont you think TO was still not happy with those number, that through his training, in 2001, he beat a player on the 49′ers who was a know track athlete and had 4.19 40 speed. So what is TO speed today, I dont know but the fact he is in top condition, I believe it is close to 4.19 than the 4.56 that Dez was time at. There are stories out there that say that TO even press 81 time at 225 lbs, I dont buy those number at all. But I do by into TO being a top notch athlete even at 38 years old today. Those who say he flunk out in Cincinatti, have to keep in mind the number he put up there. The number he put up in Cincy where better than all the number of all player here in Dallas last year, and yes he didnt even play a whole season either, he started only 11 games out of 14 splitting time with Oucho Cinco.

  • californy

    I had a conversation earlier this year with a friend of mine and she know who she is, about trading Dez or Miles Austin before the draft. I wanted a top 35 pick in this year draft. I had a couple of trade down senario the first was with Cleveland for the 22rd pick and for the rights to the best NT in football in Atayba Rubin, the secound Senario was a trade with the Rams 33 and 39 Pick in this year draft for our pick at 14. I also wanted to move one of our WR so we could of extended Laurant Robinson. The 49 ers were also a target for one of our trade also, this conversation was just said in the passing, i would of switch Pick with the 49 ers and traded for Dashon Goldson Safety and their pick in this draft. All these teams needed and drated WR, including Cleveland in the supplemental. The Rams at Pick 33 selected a WR in Brian Quick, who is 6’5 4.50 speed who is lighting up the camps for the Rams, his contract would of been for 5.2 million on a 4 year deal, that saving of 7.2 million off of Miles Austin Contract in the next 4 years. By the way Ray Sherman Ex Cowboys Receiver coach of the Rams is compairing him to TO, his former player he wanted here in Dallas.

  • osnappp

    I can never forget the 19 passes TO dropped in his last season with Dallas. People will say that number is not official, but i watched and counted them (I know he had an operation on his finger, but if you can’t catch you shouldn’t be on the field). Some of them were game winners. I was almost happy when he dropped them, because it was the only thing to shut him up. just not a fan of “me” players. That’s what he was on the field and still is today by refusing to go to away games in the arena league. So what your saying is you rather trade a young, immature player that has vast potential (whether or not he hit his crackhead mom) for a 39 year old, wash out that refuses to pay his child support? News is that he might get jail time for that. You can disagree with cowboys management, but this ones a no brainer. And money saved from letting TO go and the money paid to Dez is a wide margine. Remember, very rarely do rookie wr breakout. It’s usually the third year they find their stride. I know this from 10 years of FF. My prediction, his mother will drop the charges, he will get a slap on the wrist and maybe a game or two suspension and then go on to have a great season. Week five you will look back at this and eat crow.

    • californy

      I never said to trade one player for the other. TO is not on any team right now, and he could be a good mentor to Austin and Bryant by the way he prepairs for the season. If TO had no value he would of caught 14 TD and 1812 yards in 27 games started the last two season in the NFL, vs Dez 1489 and Miles 14 TD 1620 yards, and keep this in mind he was 10 years or older than both player. TO would be a good third string WR for Dallas, TO is not the long term answer here.

      • boysteamusa


    • Tomuch

      That same season he had all those drops he also led the league in receptions. Man isn’t perfect, can’t catch every single pass, but he caught the majority.

      • Cowgirlcas22

        amen to that tomuch

    • Cowgirlcas22

      do you really think it was worth his time to travel to away games for a louzy $200.00? I get more than that in per diem money when I travel for work

      • Gary

        shows how much of a “team” player he is…and he can use every penny he can get his hands on right now.

        • Cowgirlcas22

          . He was lured there to be a part owner and invested money in the team. try to get your facts straight before commenting.

          • Gary

            Really? This is how you defend your article? By attacking your readers? You’re very professional. By the way, in your above comment you said it was “personnel” (you meant personal). This isn’t personal. He is nearly 40 and has had a drop in his play. He isn’t the same guy. I don’t play Madden or playstation. I’m a 40 year old white collar professional. You don’t know me or anything about me and to be honest your comments about my income are quite foolish and serve no purpose. TO is a locker room cancer. Harmony in the locker room isn’t the only ingredient for winning, but it is one. Just because we haven’t had all the other ingredients before doesn’t make it a good idea to add him back into the mix. Discounting everything else, he is still VERY old for a WR in the NFL. This is a young man’s game.

          • Cowgirlcas22

            you are right about the manner in which I replied. I apologize. I was in a bad mood, had a few drinks and shouldn’t have taken it Out on someone else. I agree on the fact that T.O is 38 yrs old, but at the same time, the guy is a freak of nature. I watched his workout and he can still play for at least another season. As the QB of the Dallas Cowboys, It’s Romos’ job to be politically correct with the press. I am certain that he is upset with Dez. The decisions that Dez makes are affecting the whole team. I am certain that Tony will give him a tongue lashing if he hasn’t already.

          • Gary

            Romo (your favorite player and mine) is sticking by him:

            “None of us are directly involved in what’s going on in his life,” Romo said. “So everyone, the speculation, the articles and things that are written are just people that are guessing. And they’re going to have their opinions based on it but no one knows exactly the way that Dez grew up, the way that things have shaped his life and his difficulties.”

    • osnappp

      Looks like i was right on…

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  • Thrill

    Yes, bringing TO back is a bad idea.

    • californy

      why is 3588 yards and 38 TD such a bad deal? I doubt JJ will pay the farm on him this time. he doesnt get hamsptring issue and misses game because of nagging injuries, even his down year of 2 years ago, he had more yardage than our top receiver last year. The TO dislike is personnel. I like TO only base on what he does on the field, he is averaging over 1028 yards per year in his career, Miles Austin got about half of that last year, so why is TO the problem. How much has locker room harmony won for us lately any way. Llast Count we have been a losing record without TO the last 15 years

    • B-rad

      Here here

  • Castrated Carl

    From what I understand, his mom grabbed his shirt. He knocked her hands away. She screamed at him. He slapped her with his baseball cap and pushed her away. There is no news on what started the argument and barely anything on what all happened. FYI, his mother is a known crack addict and dealer. There are scenarios where Dez can actually be vindicated at least to a degree. But we do not know anything yet. BTW, Dez’s numbers the first two years of his career are superior to T.O.’s. So this whole thing is a silly argument. Dez has the potential to be a far better player than T.O.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      did you even listen to the 911 call? his mom said she cant take it anymore she is putting a stop to it. Obviously this has happened before. If all he did was push her away how did he tear her shirt and pull her hair out? Listen to what Michalel irvin had to say in the video on as well

      • Gary

        Just because someone SAYS something happened, doesn’t mean it DID. Just because she SAYS she “can’t take it anymore” doesn’t mean anything has happened before. Her credibility has to be called into question. Maybe he did it (in which case, he is despicable) and maybe he didn’t (in which case, he needs to cut all ties with them) but either way none of us KNOWS what happened. You heard what you wanted to hear on that tape. I heard someone that was half paying attention and while continuing the confrontation.
        Dez is actually popular in the Cowboys locker room. He is NOT divisive, as TO was. Both had their off field controversies but there is NO WAY bringing TO back is a good idea.

        • Cowgirlcas22

          your entitled to your opinion. My question is, Who have you actually talked to that is on the staff at Valley Ranch? Unlike you I have sources and report what really happened not what you heard on TV! BTW Dez has admitted he was guilty!

          • Gary

            Dez also hasn’t told the story of why it happened. I never said he was guilty or innocent. I prefer to wait for the investigations to be done rather than simply take a convicted felon at their word. The 911 tape was (and is) fishy. The 4 different stories that have come out are fishy. We’ll probably never now what happened.

      • MillaRed

        You ever deal with a drug addict man? She was 14 years old when she gave birth and the father was 45. She has been arrested like 17 times. You think people like that do not exaggerate the truth? She has already re-defined her story.

        Dez messed up. But this woman has major mental and chemical issues.

  • californy

    I believe The DEZ incident is a personnel matter between Mom and son and is no one business but them two, but DEZ mom made it someone else business when she made the call. Dez doesnt own anyone an apology or explanation other than to his mother. I will respect their privacy in this matter, and I wish them the best in resolving this matter.

  • Cowgirlcas22

    this is a breakdown of the top 5 FA WR’s available in the NFL
    n 2011 Mike williams had 18 receptions for 236 yds and 1 TD in 12 starts

    in 2011 Buress had 45 receptions for 612 yds and 8 TD’s in 16 starts

    in 2011 Braylon Edwards had 15 receptions for 181 yds and 0 TD’s in 5 starts.

    in 2011 Mike Sims-Walker had 1 rec for 11 yds and 0 TD’s in 1 start

    in 2010 T.O prior to injury in 11 starts had 72 receptions for 983 yds
    and 9 TD’s. It doesnt take a rocket scientist to see who is the most
    productive WR on this list and he was sharing touches with Ochocinco. He
    was on his way to well over 1,000 yds as usual. I don’t see much
    decline in his game. He logged more yads in 11 games than any Rec
    currently on the Cowboys roster did last yr.

  • MillaRed

    Until further notice drafting Dez was a mistake. One of many over the years. Too many weird things going on in a few short years. It looks like he is what he is. You can drag the kid away from the drug addicted mom, but the roots are deep.

    T.O. needs to stay far, far away. What are we thinking? Dez and TO? That’s just dumb. We are already paying the price of drafting a problem child. Who wants another? Especially a desperate one.

    Let’s just keep doing what we are doing. A veteran WR will be released soon with good character. Draft another next year and keep weeding out the wicked. It’s getting old!

  • boysteamusa

    This is football. T.O and Dez can play football, I would welcome T.O back in a minute, his productivity spoke for itself. Dez needs a short leash and to recognize just what he has to loose thereby choosing much better company to keep. Even if it requires cutting loose some family members and friends. T.O along with what we have already assembled would indeed make for a formidable passing attack.

  • B-rad

    When did sacrificing draft picks and incurring cap penalties to get Roy Williams become at Garrett’s behest? If T.O. is now defined as a mentor then that explains to me the divafication of the WR position throughout the league. Everybody would take Felix over Mendenhall when you already have Barber in the backfield. Lastly, I find the juxtaposition of Garrett’s inferior, weak scheme and play calling and Owens’ 3 years which were better than any other Dallas receiver curious to say the least.

    • Erasmus

      That’s a really good point. If Garrett’s play-calling and schemes were so bad, how could Owens amass such great numbers? You can’t have it both ways.

  • emb9396

    When will you people let go of T.O.?? He is finished!! He is the biggest locker room cancer in the history of sports!! He’s pushing 40 and no team in the NFL will sign him!! Its over for Owens!! He burned his bridges with the Cowboys just like he has everywhere else. It is foolish to keep suggesting they should bring him back. You think Romo and Witten want him back in the huddle? I dont think so!! No team in the NFL will sign him and no team should!! Maybe Dez has had a couple minor incidents off the field (notice I said minor) but T.O. divides locker rooms with his selfish behavior and he left on bad terms. I love when Cowboys fans call Dez a disgrace to the star while at the same time suggesting the Cowboys bring back T.O. (a real model citizen himself and the worst teammate ever in sports!). Michael Irvin also disgraced the star far more than Dez has to this point. We dont even know exactly what happened with Dez. But I guess it is pretty easy for the clueless to judge anyway!!

  • Josh

    It’s still too early to say that drafting dez was a mistake. Some of you so called fans need to support your team whether it’s doing good or bad example would be the browns