Everyone seems to have an opinion on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. Troy Aikman gets paid to state his opinion about the talented but mistake prone second year player.
“I don’t know of any player in this league that can do the things that he has done to hurt his football team and stay in the game,” Aikman said, according to the New School show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM].
Aikman is clearly referring to Bryant’s muffed punts, poor rout running and at times lack of interest in the game.
With Aikman being one of the Cowboys most beloved figures it did not take long for his comments to get to team owner Jerry Jones.
“No one that I’ve been associated with appreciates protecting the ball or practiced or played the game to protect the ball more than Troy Aikman,” Jones said. “So I can clearly understand his comment. And Troy, one of the reasons we won, one of the reasons we had the great success is he was able to play the quarterback position, which handles the ball more than anybody, at an amazing positive turnover rate for his team, and yet still have the ability to go out there and throw the ball and make a play. That’s why we had that success. I understand his comment.”
Clearly Jones’ statement was more praise on Aikman then actually talking about the criticism of Bryant.
When asked to elaborate on Bryant’s fumble in the first quarter the owner said that “turnovers in the kicking game are even more hurtful than turnovers in the regular part of the game.”
Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris took over punt return duties for the remainder of the game. Bryant was set back to field the final punt by Giants punter Steve Weatherford but the kick went out of bounds.