Jason Garrett supportive of Dez Bryant
Jerry Jones recently expressed confidence in Dez Bryant and said he was confident the first-round draft pick from a year ago has accountability.
Jason Garrett, the team’s coach, stuck up for Bryant too when he appeared with Rich Eisen on NFL Network in an interview transcribed by the Dallas Morning News. Of course, it was reported earlier this week that although Bryant said his crazy debts have been paid, he still owes a jewler and ticket broker more than $600,000.
Eisen asked Garrett if there has been a lot of hand-wringing in the organization.
“That's probably not a very accurate description,” Garrett said. “You know, Dez, like all of our players, is some we're concerned about, we care about and what happens with young players is they transition from the college level to the NFL. There's a transition as a player but there is also a transition in their life and they need to understand what it means to be on their own and to be in a professional environment. And we pride ourselves on trying to help our guys with that transition.
“And we do that with Dez but also other young guys and guys who are a couple to three years into the league. Calvin Hill is a guy who heads our player programs department and he does an outstanding job with that. And we continue to pride ourselves on doing that well. Unfortunately, when you're in a lockout-type situation, the players can't be around and you can't help the players - Dez and others - in any way in this kind of environment. So we're hopeful our players get back for lots of different reasons and that's certainly one of them.”
Eisen followed up by asking if there was no more concern for Bryant than there was for anyone else that has been out on the loose during the lockout.
“Well, Dez is a high-profile player as you know,” Garrett said. “He has a very good year as a rookie before he got injured. There have been some things attached to his name that have come out this offseason, so again that probably goes to the nature of being a high-profile guy as well as the incidents themselves. But like with all of our guys, we want to support him - we care about him -- and help him in any way that we can.”
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