Cowboys coach seemingly takes shot at Dez Bryant
The Dallas Cowboys seem confident they made the right decision by parting ways with Dez Bryant, and some comments made by the coaching staff and ownership throughout the offseason support that. The latest, which came from wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, could even be interpreted as a shot at Bryant.
At training camp this week, Lal was asked if the Cowboys have anyone who can “go up and get a ball” the way Bryant did during his time with the team. His response indicated he believes Dallas is better off without Dez.
“I would think so. I would rather have down-the-field guys that go run down a ball and score than live in the back shoulder world,” Lal said, per Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We want touchdowns. We have some of those.”
Bryant and Tony Romo used to connect on back-shoulder throws all the time, and the play was impossible to stop when the two were in sync. Bryant and Dak Prescott were unable to duplicate that success, but Lal is plenty confident in a receiver group that is now headlined by Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin and Cole Beasley.
“(Prescott) can throw blind. He doesn’t have to double hitch. He can cut the ball loose,” Lal said. “We are always preaching cut it loose on time. How can you do that if you don’t have confidence in your receivers? It’s our job to make it that way.
“… they will be where they are supposed to be and they will run detailed, nice-looking routes. We are going to turn the tape on and be proud of what we put on tape.”
Some unkind words have already been exchanged between Bryant and his former teammates, and it’s easy to see that many members of the organization grew tired of his act. Perhaps that is one of the reasons he remains unsigned with training camp well underway.