Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley was asked this week if it was unacceptable that Dez Bryant was only targeted twice in last Sunday’s loss to the Saints in New Orleans. His answer was yes, and he doesn’t think he’s alone in this regard by any means.
“I think it’s fair to say it is, and I don’t think there’s anybody--from Coach Garrett, to Dez, to Tony, to Coach Cal--I mean of course. He’s too good a player,” Dooley said, per the team’s official website. “We all can do a better job--all of us, me included--of making sure we give him a little more opportunity.”
For the casual fan, Dooley’s probably best known as the guy on the receiving end of a good deal of Bryant’s sideline outburst during the loss to Detroit a few weeks ago. But far from holding a grudge or criticizing Bryant for that exchange, Dooley is the young receiver’s most staunch defenders.
“I think where he’s grown a lot is being able to maintain the same level of composure no matter what the circumstance,” Dooley said. “Obviously it was a tough couple of weeks during the whole Detroit thing, all the chatter that was going on before and afterward. I think that was harder on him than most people realize because he was trying to be genuinely humble about everything and it certainly wasn’t portrayed that way.”
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