Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said after Sunday’s win over the Vikings, in which he drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty for removing his helmet on the field, that he was unaware of that rule.
The irony in Bryant, a Dallas Cowboy, having never heard of the so-called “Emmitt Smith Rule” isn’t lost on owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who said this week that the origin of the rule makes Bryant’s ignorance of it all the more unacceptable.
“That’s an Emmitt Smith rule,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “The Dallas Cowboy players should know that one better than any team in the league. When players don’t know rules that’s a joint fault of coaching as well as the player.”
Jones doesn’t agree with the fairly popular idea that the Cowboys coaching staff is too soft in their dealings with the star receiver.
“Dez’s skin is very tough, very thick,” Jones said. “He can take hard coaching. I’m not having any issues with being soft whether it be with verbal or whether it be with what you ask him to do with Dez Bryant. He gets as much as anybody out there, and gets hard coaching.”
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