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Drew Pearson Blasts Dez Bryant for Not Being Able to Finish Against Jets

Less than a full quarter into the Sunday night game between the Jets and Cowboys, people were already thinking “this dude is going to be a beast” while admiring Dez Bryant. Tony Romo looked toward Bryant early and often and Bryant rewarded his quarterback by coming up with a couple of fantastic catches. After firing up all of his fantasy owners to kick off 2011, Bryant suffered a quad injury and failed to contribute for the remainder of the night.

We know Dez has had some off-field issues and a few financial problems, but he has the type of talent that could make him one of the NFL’s top receivers.  In order to do that, Bryant will have to prove he can remain healthy.  According to a former Cowboys receiver who happened to wear jersey No. 88, Bryant needs to show he can finish games.

“You saw what happened in the fourth quarter,” Drew Pearson told 103.3 FM’s Ben and Skin Show Monday according to the Dallas Morning News. “We had wide receivers that couldn’t finish the game. Come on! Jeez! The first quarter was spectacular. Great job, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. But now we need you in the fourth quarter and you can’t even run? You catch three passes in the first quarter and then you get targeted five times after that and you don’t make any catches? . . . Let’s not be so high on this guy who hasn’t really done anything. He missed four games last season, he comes in this game and he can’t finish it out.

“Dez’s first move was a jump, a hop-step. What is that?” Pearson continued. “That’s one second gone from the pass route. I mean, what is that? Come on. . . . Yeah, he’s raw. He’s a monster. That’s what monsters do, I guess. You see that in high school kids running routes like that.”

Bryant obviously has a lot to prove and has not done anything worthy of being crowned, but Pearson clearly has some sort of personal vendetta against the Oklahoma State product.  He still has to show Cowboys fans he can stay healthy and produce for a full season, but shouldn’t we give him more than a season and a game to do it?  It sounds like Pearson would have Dez change jersey numbers if he had his way.

Chest bump to Pro Football Talk for the story.


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  • Anonymous

     Pearson might be a bit harsh but I can’t say he’s unjustified. His analysis of what happened in the game is right. 3 catches out of 8 balls thrown to you? Hmm. And, so far, Dezi is looking a little blown glass fragile. Let’s see what happens by the 8th or 9th game as far as his ability or inability to stay healthy enough to finish as strong as he starts and return to this conversation.

  • Anonymous

    I think Dez’s nickname should be ‘Dezi’. Then everytime he scores he could yell ‘BABALOO’ and do a few rhumba steps in the end zone.

  • Anonymous

    You have to be really old to get that folks. :D

  • Anonymous

    Dez is a PUNK, a no good trouble maker and will be out of the leagur ala Randy Moss

  • Anonymous

    Dez is a PUNK, a no good trouble maker and will be out of the leagur ala Randy Moss

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Albert/100000260811960 Anthony Albert

    DREW DEZ THE BEST THING SINCE IRVING AND YOU CANT EXPECT A YOUNG BUCK TO COME TO A LOSING ORG, AND MAKE MIRACLES, IT STARTS AT THE QB POSITION STOP ALL THAT USELESS SMILING, GRT YOUR GAME FACE ON AND WIN SOME FOOTBALL GAMES OR GET THE HELL OUT OF DALLAS

  • Jake Moore

    ala moss? so he’s gonna stick around the league 10+ years and put up hall of fame numbers consistently?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Johnson/100000569013665 Brandon Johnson

    Dez will be a fantastic player, once they get rid of hollywood at quaterback. He would be able to catch more if tony homo would throw them in catchable spots instead of the opposing team (Revis made a great Romo catch). We would all be singing another tune if retard wouldn’t have fumbled on the one yeard line. He had two turnovers that cost Dallas atleast 10 points. Talk about giving up, what about the defense. 

  • Anonymous

    I think Dez Bryant is young and one day will be a great reciever. Having said that he is a far cry from Drew Pearson or Michael Irving. As far as Tony Romo I can say this. He is a good quaterback that thinks well under pressure and throws the ball well. you can ask Drew and Michael both if Roger and Troy got the pass perfect every time they will say no. They will also say that it takes a great reciever to make a great quaterback

  • Anonymous

    tony romo will never get dallas to big party , sorry romo but it seems you are getting worse every year. dallas fan since 1961, why do you always fumble when it counts the most. we need a new qb.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if someone paid Romo to throw the game.  He couldn’t have done better if he had put a bow on the ball and given it to the Jets with a box of candy.

  • Talbert Reese

    All the Cowboy fans blasting Romo, wow what game did you watch? I guess you didn’t see the part of the game where your special teams got a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, and I’m an Eagles fan!!

  • Talbert Reese

    All the Cowboy fans blasting Romo, wow what game did you watch? I guess you didn’t see the part of the game where your special teams got a blocked punt returned for a touchdown, and I’m an Eagles fan!!

  • Anonymous

    Hey Anthony Albert, you would think being a Cowboys fan as you seem to claim, you would know that it’s Michael IRVIN. Of course, you also probably think the best running back ever was Emmit Schmidt. What a dolt…

  • Anonymous

    Hey Anthony Albert, you would think being a Cowboys fan as you seem to claim, you would know that it’s Michael IRVIN. Of course, you also probably think the best running back ever was Emmit Schmidt. What a dolt…

  • Anonymous

    You Monday morning quarterbacks can bash Romo all you want ( some of it warranted ) but the real problem lies with the General Manager, or lack there of. Jones bought the C-Boys just as the young nuclius of players were just ready to come into their own and hired the perfect coach to acclerate their rise. Rise they did and Jones let his jealousy get the best of him and changed coaches. Switzer ” coached ” the team Johnson built until he ruined them. No success until Parcells arrived and when success started to come Jones couldn’t stand not being the one in the spotlight. Parcells gone, Boys disappeared soon after. General Screw Up needs to hire a real General Manager and stay out of the way.

  • Anonymous

    You Monday morning quarterbacks can bash Romo all you want ( some of it warranted ) but the real problem lies with the General Manager, or lack there of. Jones bought the C-Boys just as the young nuclius of players were just ready to come into their own and hired the perfect coach to acclerate their rise. Rise they did and Jones let his jealousy get the best of him and changed coaches. Switzer ” coached ” the team Johnson built until he ruined them. No success until Parcells arrived and when success started to come Jones couldn’t stand not being the one in the spotlight. Parcells gone, Boys disappeared soon after. General Screw Up needs to hire a real General Manager and stay out of the way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_72SCXN5JVOEMA5BC27D34NP3IM H

    Pearson is correct, but, if he suffered a quad injury, why was he still on the field?
     His presence in the fourth qtr. actually did the team more harm than good.
     This has to be corrected.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_72SCXN5JVOEMA5BC27D34NP3IM H

    Pearson is correct, but, if he suffered a quad injury, why was he still on the field?
     His presence in the fourth qtr. actually did the team more harm than good.
     This has to be corrected.

  • JAMES WYATT

    BRANDON:Please refrain yourself from joke makijng by using the word retard.My niece is retarded and you should watch your MOUTH.

  • JAMES WYATT

    BRANDON:Please refrain yourself from joke makijng by using the word retard.My niece is retarded and you should watch your MOUTH.

  • William Isaacs

    If you want to call someone Homo you need a new pic on profile

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000177397332 Barry Holt

    you would think the owner for the boys would draft a qb.  instead of trying to rely on a undrafted free agent.  i mean he did buy a big ass tv for the stadium to watch romo get smashed on.  i cant wait till dallas plays detroit and the d-line breaks his collar bone in th e same spot .  he sucks i feel sorry for cowboy fans. 

  • Randell Weatherall

    Sorry, but Drew wouldn’t be that great today.  I know its sacrilege, but to comment on a release against press coverage?  Dez and Miles are great at getting off of press coverage.  Old folks moment, Drew.  Love ya, but that’s an old folks moment

  • Anonymous

    954 Receptions; Almost 15,000 receiving yards, and 153 TD’s………….is that really the comparison that you were trying to make?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IO6IRVT3GKOCXSBCCI2JBD6JAQ Markus

     would you say this to his face? just curious… good to see that E-thugs still exist

  • Clifford Burton

    Look. Drew’s criticism about Bryant’s poor route running technique is justified. The Cowboys’ receivers coach has GOT to clean that up. Drew’s observation about Bryant’s fragility is also justified since it appears that Dez pulls up lame every time I look around. But that’s also the reason why he only had three receptions even though Romo threw in his direction eight times: He had a bum leg and it was OBVIOUS that he couldn’t push off  his left leg or cut decisively after he was injured. But notice how Dez ate Darelle Reavis alive BEFORE his leg tightened up–looking like Clark Kent in the first half and–not coincidentally–Lois Lane after that.

    The bigger problem–in my opinion–is that the Cowboys have a stupid quarterback who (at the age of 31) still makes ill advised passes at the worst possible times–the one he threw to Dez Bryant when he could no  longer run (and was bracketed by TWO Jet defenders) being an obvious case in point. Predictably, the pass was intercepted by Darelle Revis and the Cowboys wound up losing the game–one that they could have, and probably SHOULD have won. But that’s what Romo does. Throughout his career he has stretches where he looks like Albert Einstein and others (too many others) where he looks and acts like Elmer Fudd. I can overlook peaks and valleys in decision making like that in a rookie. But not in a six year veteran who’s going to turn 32 this year.

    As for Drew Pearson, I suspect that the reason for his harsh criticism of DB is twofold: Dez wears Drew’s jersey(#88), so he feels that whoever inherits that number ought to play at least as well as he once did. Second, Drew (and his big ego) want to keep his memory alive, so he will continue to criticize his successor every time he makes a mistake–but when DB lives up to his hype, Pearson will swell with pride and say, “That’s my boy. He’s playing ball the same way that I used to…”

    Drew, quit being an armchair, after-the-fact commentator. As a former NFL wideout you should know more than most that receivers’ performances don’t occur in a vacuum. If you have a dumb quarterback then chances are that the performances of the wide receivers and tight ends will be adversely affected and vice versa.

    As I said earlier, I ‘m inclined to agree that Bryant’s route running technique leaves something to be desired. That’s true of most receivers when they first come into the league, though, and THAT can be corrected. But criticizing Bryant–or any other player–for a lack of production when they’re injured is just plain dumb. In the latter instance, the coaching staff should have taken Bryant off the field, or else used him as a decoy with the play going to another receiver. And if Dez couldn’t run or cut well enough to act as a decoy then he shouldn’t have been on the field. That’s what backups are for, GET IT??

    But hey, what do I know??

    Clifford Burton
    Santa Monica, California

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FJX7VDPM44SJ2JMMQOFHFZUWUE Sean C

    Romo thinks well and throws the ball well under pressure?  Thats new to me.  He usually coughs it up or makes some mistake late in games.   They showed his playoff stats and wins next to Sanchez the other night, he is not a big game player. 

  • Anonymous

    why not forget all the name calling and the he said she said BS this is football we are talking about, as far as it goes for romo dallas drafted him so let double J deal with that issue now back to bryant he has not shown me very much either, they need to get randy moss to come back and show them how its done, he would be a great addition to dallas.

  • Anonymous

    The Cowboys don’t retire number for whatever reason, as a fan you want to remember those jersey number and remember some good times. I’m not sure who gave this kid 88 but (for the real cowboys fan) we want to see 88 in the endzone and on the other side of the W not a lost. We( again as real cowboys fans) want to see a superbowl that’s what we cheer for every season. If Dez can’t handle the pressure of the number 88 then he should change the number. Irvin had problems on and off the field but he has 3 superbowl and a hall of fame induction to go along with that and he took a lot of flack. In Dez’s defence he is young and the qb aint number 8, the dallas player in my eyes has lost the superbowl or bust mentality and now the name on the back of the jersey means more than the history that the real 88(pearson remembers). 

  • Anonymous

    keep this in the back of your head, As long the Cowboys has Romo they will never
    be in a Super bowl, yell thjey will win 10 to 12 games but he gets nervous and blow it
    every time, just look at Donvan McNabb, same situation just ask T O

  • Eric Mckinley

    Just to clarify Romo wasn’t drafted by the cowboys. He was actually not drafted by anybody, but just wanted to get that straight at least.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SDKDA4HVMMAYXZ2GLGB2IID7ZY noudidnt

    They’re ( Cowboys ) about as good as your spelling!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SDKDA4HVMMAYXZ2GLGB2IID7ZY noudidnt

    Couldn’t agree more!! I can’t stand to see the highlights from the “Switzer” days. What a joke he was, he no more coached that team than the goal posts did. Funny how you never saw Aikman, Smith or Irvin anywhere near that clown on the sidelines.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FDKP36JYDVDNPTQ2ENCHW7JC24 Tom

    You go Drew! He’s right I don’t care if you had a shortened off season. You get paid to finish in the NFL and the Boy’s didn’t deliver Dez’ included. The were a few teams who showed what staying in football shape is all about. A lot of D-lineman huff and puffin after a few plays. same with the O-side of the ball.

  • dalmurph

    dez sucks, he quits on routes (cost 2 pick 6′s this season), doesn’t know where to go when blitz comes. tonight could’ve won game, but sticks his hand out to lessen the blow…he’s a panzy! He’ll never be 1/2 the receiver Irvin or Person were.