Today, Dez Bryant got into an argument with ESPNDallas reporter Jean-Jacques Taylor in the Cowboys locker room. It was reported via a Tweet from Robert Klemko of TheMMQB. Immediately, of course, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote an entire article based on the limited information in Klemko's lone Tweet. In usual PFT style, they actively deleted any comment on their article informing them of their half-story.
Other than the fact that this is entire situation is not newsworthy, it also epitomizes the problem with the major sports media outlets that has been brewing for quite some time.
2015 Sports Journalism: Report the rumors and half-stories immediately, and let the facts roll in later. If the facts are juicy enough, go ahead and report those. If not, don't worry about it. Above all else, create drama if possible.
Two weeks ago when Ricardo Lockette of the Seattle Seahawks suffered a serious neck injury against the Cowboys, a Houston news reporter named Marcus Sullivan posted a Vine clip of Dez Bryant which he claimed showed Bryant gloating about Lockette getting injured.
Naturally, Bryant was not happy, and he let the reporters after the game hear about it. Naturally, the "story" that was created was about Bryant's tirade rather than about the absolutely ludicrous claim made by Sullivan.
Two days later the Cowboys released Joseph Randle, and Jean-Jacques Taylor posted this Tweet:
The day your turmoil trumps your talent u must go #Randle #McClain #Hardy #Dez https://t.co/Uop0esGlRe
Naturally, Bryant didn't appreciate being unfairly lumped in with guys like Greg Hardy and Joseph Randle in that context (which is a bizarre claim, especially considering Taylor himself remarked multiple times this past off-season that Bryant hasn't had an off-field incident since 2012 and deserves a new contract). This --among other things Taylor has said-- is what Bryant was arguing with Taylor about.
The argument escalated when Devin Street came to Bryant's aid and claimed that Taylor called him the n-word. The other members of the media in the room deny that claim.
The only thing worthy of discussion here is how major sports media outlets like PFT and ESPN have gotten out of control, and it's time the players and fans demand better. We deserve better than unscrupulous "journalists" like Mike Florio, Jean-Jacques Taylor, and all those who seek to emulate their clickbait tactics.
I just watched a video of ESPN reporter John Clayton suggesting that Bryant owes Taylor an apology and that Taylor did nothing wrong. I've got another take on it: Taylor shouldn't be allowed in the Cowboys locker room. The locker room is the players' space, and if a reporter is causing problems by trashing players on the internet, then that reporter should lose any entitlement to be there.
Look at the tweet I posted above. If Taylor had said that to Bryant's face, wouldn't it be fair of Bryant to address it? Doesn't Bryant have a right to be upset at someone in his locker room who has been smearing him on the internet all week? Further, this is far from the first time Taylor has had issues with Cowboys players. If you want to point to a locker room cancer, point at Taylor and others like him.
Bryant says he won't talk to the media again. Personally, I hope he doesn't. He has a right to be angry. At any rate, it's time to hold the media accountable for the vitriol they spew and the problems they create. It's time to hold the media accountable for reporting on rumors and half-truths rather than the actual story.
I understand this is a common complaint about all categories of media, but sports media is the only category I'm aware of (outside of politics) where this type of behavior is celebrated rather than condemned as it should be.
There are some awesome places to get your sports news, folks. Lots of great independent blogs out there that will wait until a story has fully developed before reporting on it, and will do the research to make sure they get the facts right the first time.
Let's make a point to seek those sources out and give them our loyal readership.
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line
The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.
The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.
After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.
So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.
What exactly is that role, though?
I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.
Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.
Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.
If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.
This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.
New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF
On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.
Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.
In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.
This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb
Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.
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