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Making Sense of the “Garrett Guys” Behind Cowboys Dez Bryant Release

Sean Martin

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As reality sets in for the Dallas Cowboys that their franchise leader in touchdown receptions is no longer part of their team, Dez Bryant's departure has shed light on some other potential harsh realities for America's Team.

In his "exit interview" with NFL Network's Jane Slater, Bryant was an open as always - this time about how his final days with the Cowboys went down around the organization.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Dez Bryant to @SlaterNFL: "This situation was very unfair to me." Added that former teammates he called "Garrett guys" worked against him. "I truly believe that. I want them to know that I know. I'll shoot them a text message and let them know.

The sticking point from Bryant's interview concerns the head coach that has stuck with the Cowboys (as a full-time HC) since 2011 in Jason Garrett. The Cowboys have shown an incredible level of commitment towards Garrett, who has rewarded them with seasons like 2014 and 2016 - winning the NFC East thanks to a core of players that should certainly be considered "Jason Garrett guys".

Near the top of this list of players is Dez Bryant, who now serves as the latest Cowboys example of how quickly rosters can turn over in the NFL. Ideally, the Cowboys are looking to build a roster full of players that want to fight for Jason Garrett - a coach that has seen many franchise players who carried him early in his career depart under his tenure.

There is no doubt that Garrett is truly on the proverbial hot seat for this 2018 season. On the heels of a 9-7 campaign, the Cowboys likely need to return to the playoffs to see Garrett continue leading this team. To do so, it feels like they'll be relying on less "Garrett guys" than ever, but is this really the case?

Making Sense of the "Garrett Guys" Behind Cowboys Dez Bryant Release

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, HC Jason Garrett

No one person inside The Star made the decision this late in April to move on from Dez Bryant. This move was agreed upon by a majority of high-ranking Cowboys voices, at least some of which had soured completely on Bryant's overall impact on the team.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Dak Prescott on not having a say in Dez Bryant's release: "I'm in my second year so as much as you want to say, I want a say and this and that, those guys get paid a lot more than me and that's what those guys are there to do.

As we sit here on another Sunday without Cowboys football though, the Cowboys are not a better football team than they were at any point with Dez Bryant on their roster. The Cowboys are seemingly distancing themselves from Jason Garrett (as they possibly should be prior to the 2018 NFL Draft) under the facade that this team is built to be his.

If "Garrett guys" such as Quarterback Dak Prescott - firmly cemented as this team's starting QB for the foreseeable future - were able to have a say in Dez Bryant departing Dallas, than we are truly looking at a new era of Cowboys football.

A new era led by much of the same, which is why the Cowboys will continue to be viewed in the same light around the league. In all honesty, this is a team that will likely fall short with Jason Garrett as their Head Coach once again in 2018. Dez Bryant may even score a touchdown against the Cowboys to make matters worse.

The Cowboys ran out of scapegoats for mediocrity a while ago, recycling their ineptitude by branding it under their career 67-53 head coach. A coach that owes a significant portion of his success to Dez Bryant.

Surely, the Cowboys outlook for the future can brighten up following this month's draft. Similarly to last year's approach at cornerback, the Cowboys are confident in their ability to find talent in this year's class of wide receivers.

Adding up to ten new players in the draft only proves further that the Cowboys are a team in transition, for better or worse.

Dez Bryant's supporters can weigh in on which way the team that's now betrayed #88 is trending.

Tell us what you think about "Making Sense of the “Garrett Guys” Behind Cowboys Dez Bryant Release" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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19 Comments
  • GoNavyBeatArmy

    I’m sorry, Bryant’s word is accepted as ‘gospel’? His comments show me that he was paranoid for a long time.

  • Eric wilson

    Agreed. This had been talked about early during last season so you know he had to hear it from somewhere. Once the seed is planted…

  • SmittyW

    Betrayed? This author never interviewed anyone yet he draws these conclusions.
    Moronic!

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Watch the Slater interview and check Dez’s Twitter timeline.

      • EverybodyTalks

        Dez made the accusation, saying he was a scapegoat and it was unfair, but never named names, except to say “Garrett Guys”. The rest, as to who are these ‘guys”, is left to speculation and opinion, leading to your article. Again, how was Dez betrayed? His contract was fulfilled. That they could have released him sooner, in itself is business, not betrayal.

  • Chuck Wright

    You lost me at Dez was a Garrett Guy. Which is not to absolve JG and SL for coaching ineptitude (oh how it scared me that SL takes over for JG) but 69 for almost 900 and 6 TDs isn’t that special. Cowboys are better, addition by subtraction. PS, JG owes success to Tony. . . .and a stout OL. . .and great running games. . . .I’ll wager offensive passing production way up this year.

  • John McClain

    Dez is the one who got himself cut. How bout taking a pay cut when you aren’t living up to your contract. 3 years of less than 900 yards plus crying about not getting the ball during a game that we are winning

    • MLV

      Dude, you need to understand that contract was for the years he was all pro, he out preform his rookie deal, they needed to pay like the star he was at that time, his lack of production was not entirely his own, had to play with three of the worst WBs you could imagine Weeden, Cassel, Moore, came back to fast from broken foot, followed by knee injury, trying to get on same page with Dak in two years, oh, change in philosophy, passing team to running team, Facts!

      • alan reyes

        Most of that is true but it also shows that the team was correct to move on . Bryant and Romo grew up together and were exciting but not actually successful. There were a lot of games with 3 TDs and a lot with 3 INTs. In the end, the era had one playoff win and was .500.
        Bryant is now old and done.
        Thanks to Bryant and Romo for an exciting ride and now we start a new era of Dak, Elliott and a new main receiver. Time has moved on.

  • alan reyes

    This writer seems to have an issue with the Head Coach having a say who is on the team. Actually, after ages of Jerry listening to no one, the idea the Head Coach being actually involved is a huge step forward.
    As to Bryant and the Boys, this site is caught up in a fantasy of Bryant rather than the current reality.The Bryant the site sees stopped existing in 2014.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      I have an issue with how this team evaluates talent to reach the point of their Head Coach losing a player like Bryant, who I believe still could have contributed to this team in 2018.

      • alan reyes

        Bryant has been on the market 4 days and no one is signing him. Bryant is convinced and so are a lot of Cowboy fans, that Bryant is still a top receiver. The fact that the league knew for months that Bryant would likely be available and so assessed Bryant but no one is signing Bryant shows that those fans and writers are just overvaluing Bryant.

  • pdstix78

    I think it’s a win for both sides. May serve as some humble pie for him and on the flip side, a change in culture for the Cowboys plus the opportunity for some new blood to step up to the plate

    • EverybodyTalks

      Good point and not just because I agree. Dez made the statement that if he didn’t have an “edge”, he does now. Dez and Romo were dependent on each others skill set, especially when you look at the last couple of years. Dak is growing into the QB position, whereas, Dez and Tony grew into their positions together. Dak was inaccurate at times, but Dez can’t afford to wait on Dak to get better, because he is over the top of his hill. Dez has talent that can be utilized by a more veteran QB. Alex Smith, if he gets picked up by the Redskins, may be the medicine Dez needs to get better.

  • lawrence stacy

    Biased, preconceived article written on the writers personal thoughts. What has happened to responsible reporting?

  • beachbum

    hahahaha, Jerry keeps making changes to everything but the coach and staff. He really believes Garrett can win him that Lombardi Trophy that he has been obsessed with winning since Jimmy Johnsons team left. Hate to burst your bubble JJ, but there is no way Garrett will ever win you a Super Bowl. First off, he’s going to have to win 3 or 4 playoffs games in a row to win it. Yes, he will have to beat 3 or 4 playoff teams in a row to win you your Super Bowl. If you truly believe he can do that….he’s your guy.

  • oneputter

    Complete BS on Dez being released. He was the scapegoat for everything that happened last season. Everyone’s production was down last year because of the OL problems, the RB problems and the QB problems. You have a TE that is no longer capable of opening up the middle of the field (for the last 2 yrs), let alone running a route beyond 15 yds but Dez gets released. You have an QB that has problems reading defenses, has problems with footwork, has problems on when to throw the ball, has problems with anticipating routes/coverages but Dez gets released. You have a RB that was suspended, you have back up RB’s with no where to run. You have a #2 WR who drops and body catches more balls than my 8 yr. old, you have a back up WR who can’t figure out the playbook or where to line up, you have a 5’4″ 130lb WR who gets manhandled at the LOS, and you have a rookie who gets no playing time…..but Dez gets released. You have coaches that……well don’t know how to.

    Now I get it, Dez was getting paid a lot of money and his production should have been better last year but it takes a team not just one player to be productive. Did he drop balls, yes he did. Julio had more drops than him and with a much better QB!

    Hopefully they have a plan ( i doubt it) but hopefully they do. There is no rookie who can come in make things instantly better. It takes a rookie WR 2-3 yrs at this level and we never play rookies so here, maybe 3-5.

    Once again, great job Jones family! you guys are real winners.

  • Ddenney1

    Dez has lost a step since his foot injury and NEVER ran good routes. He caused trouble on the side lines and cost way too much money for his work the last 3 years!!! I predict he will sign for a lot less money some where and have a couple of fair years and will be gone from NFL!

  • Dave

    I thought this article was all about Dez but half way through it, the writer starts his assault on HC Jason Garrett. So, for the hundredth time, let me explain the Jason Garrett situation. NO ONE ELSE OF SUBSTANCE WILL COACH DALLAS! No coach is going to subject himself to the Jerry Show! Jason does this and he does it very well. It’s not fair to attack/insult Coach Garrett.

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Does James Hanna’s Retirement Make TE a Draft Priority?

Brian Martin

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Does James Hanna's Retirement Make TE a Draft Priority?

The Dallas Cowboys depth at the tight end position took a little bit of a hit this past Friday when James Hanna announced to the world that he planned on retiring. The Cowboys will now move him to the reserve/retired list, thus creating questions as to who will be Jason Witten's primary backup in 2018?

Before James Hanna's retirement announcement, it was rumored he could end up getting cut to get some salary-cap relief. The Cowboys fortunately didn't have to make that decision, but Hanna's retirement has the same impact on the salary-cap as it would have if it would've been released.

The downside of all of this is that the Dallas Cowboys now have to find out who will now become their backup tight end this season. This is definitely an important decision because Jason Witten is no longer the threat he once was, and his age could make him start becoming susceptible to injuries, although he has been an Iron Man the majority of his career.

I don't know about you, but there's really not anybody currently on the Cowboys roster who inspires a lot of confidence. Geoff Swaim will likely step into James Hanna's vacated role behind Jason Witten, but the depth behind him creates more questions than answers.

The Dallas Cowboys are supposedly pretty high on Blake Jarwin, but he will be entering his second year and hasn't really received a lot of playing time as of yet. Then, there is Rico Gathers, a fan favorite, who flashed his ability in preseason last year.

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Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

Gathers mere size and athletic ability makes him a mismatch against anybody who tries to cover him, but I just don't know how committed he is to his football career. He seems much more focused on trying to become a rapper than he does improving his craft. Hopefully, that's not the case and he can take the next step in his development.

The Dallas Cowboys current situation at the tight end position is a little depressing. In fact, I really think it's holding the Cowboys offense back and it's past time to do some upgrading.

Fortunately, there is an event happening this week that could improve the entire tight end position… the 2018 NFL Draft. If the Dallas Cowboys weren't planning on drafting a tight end before James Hanna's retirement, they should seriously consider it now.

Jason Witten isn't going to play forever and if he was to get injured, the Cowboys offense would seriously be in trouble. We all know he's not the player he once was, but he is still the best and most dependable option currently on the roster.

Unfortunately, we witnessed firsthand just how bad things can get when a starter goes down and the depth behind them isn't capable of stepping in and handling the job. That is why the Dallas Cowboys should have a better contingency plan in place if something were to happen to Witten.

The good news is that this year's TE draft class is pretty deep and the Dallas Cowboys should be able to take one to not only replace James Hanna, but hopefully become Witten's successor as well.

Should the Dallas Cowboys draft a tight end?


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Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett

Sean Martin

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You likely already know by now that the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season -- by all accounts, a forgettable one for fans, coaches, and big-name players -- will be documented forever thanks to NFL Films' latest All or Nothing series.

Effectively, All or Nothing is a new spin on the popular Hard Knocks series with one major difference. This Amazon Prime exclusive doesn't just follow a team through training camp, as NFL Films gets inside team meetings and games throughout the entire season.

The 2017 Cowboys yielded just nine wins, creating more than enough drama for television along the way. This was yet another season where Head Coach Jason Garrett's job was put on the line, although early reviews of All or Nothing (available to the public April 27th) paint Garrett as the lead antagonist.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jason Garrett drops at least 10 f-bombs in the first show. Before the Broncos game in Week 2: "You want to quiet the game down? Hand the f---in' ball to 21 and knock their ass off the ball.

Watching the Titanic and expecting a different outcome is a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment, as will be reliving a frustrating season in Dallas. By the end though, Cowboys fans will have a much better understanding of where the 2018 team stands - particularly in the eyes of a Head Coach they looked to fire once again this offseason.

Jason Garrett has long been described as a "players coach", one that his Cowboys teams want to fight for. Whether or not the Cowboys have gone too far in constantly churning their roster in Garrett's image for little end result will likely be determined this season.

This is a Head Coach that has been in place for the departure of DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo (serving as a pivotal decision maker for the Cowboys choosing Dak Prescott as their full-time starter in 2016), and most recently Dez Bryant.

An added bonus to All or Nothing will likely be that it captures Dez Bryant's final moments with the Cowboys.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Garrett to Zeke at practice after Broncos loss: "I want that f---in guy at Ohio St. who was running down on that kickoff. Remember after you played your 2nd play in the NFL against the Seahawks, you came over to me and you said, 'Give me the f---in ball!'

The Cowboys did not just lose Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 (serving his six game suspension), and All or Nothing will remind every one of just how much talent came off the field for Garrett's team last season. Coming out at the same time as the Dallas hosted 2018 Draft, Cowboys fans can build their excitement for a 2018 triumph back to the playoffs.

Anything short of this likely costs Jason Garrett his job, although everything he means to the Dallas Cowboys will be put in better-than-ever perspective by All or Nothing.

David Helman on Twitter

I don't wanna spoil the "All or Nothing" TV show more than what you've already seen or heard. But if you watch it, you're going to get a great look at: 1. Jason Garrett's actual persona 2. The dynamics of Dez's relationship within the team 3.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Pre-Playoff 7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
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El líder en recepciones de anotación en la historia de la franquicia más emblemática en la historia de los Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, ha visto su tiempo portando la estrella solitaria llegar a su fin. Un fin, por cierto, que dejó a algunos cuantos aficionados, administrativos y jugadores en un estado de descontento.

Por más que me gustaría entrar a detalle de si el veterano receptor merecía ser recortado o no, si el equipo tomó la decisión correcta o no, el NFL Draft está a menos de una semana de distancia. Así que, en vez de hablar de lo que pudo haber sido, hablemos de lo que puede ser. 

Los Cowboys, a pesar de ser conocidos como una potencia ofensiva en las últimas temporadas, necesitan a un wide receiver. Sí, Dallas consiguió al agente libre de Jacksonville Allen Hurns, pero siendo honestos, no parece ser suficiente talento para un equipo que quiere construirle una ofensiva amigable a su quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Si el roster sólo tiene a Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown y Deonte Thompson; se necesita un WR. Incluso con Bryant en el equipo, se necesitaba un receptor. Lo cual lleva a la gran pregunta: ¿el despido de Dez significa que a los Cowboys les urge aún más un receptor? ¿Significa que definitivamente buscarán mejorar la posición con su selección de primera ronda?

Algo queda claro, la administración sabía lo que sucedería. Dez Bryant no estaba en los planes para el 2018 y claramente sus planes para abordar el NFL Draft no se verán cambiados por la partida del apasionado #88.

Estas estrategias se plantean por meses y más meses. Los Cowboys se han fijado mucho en la posición de receptor, desde que fue el NFL Combine hasta las visitas privadas que toman lugar a lo largo de Abril.

Es un hecho que tienen en la mira a los receptores. Claramente, quieren añadir más talento a la ofensiva para Dak Prescott.

En una clase de prospectos que cuenta con bastantes receptores, otra pregunta naturalmente, es ¿lo harán en primera ronda o más tarde? Me sorprendería demasiado si el equipo espera hasta la tercera ronda. Sin duda, es algo que tienen que atender con una de sus dos primeros picks.

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En el primero, la selección #19 global, podrían encontrar a uno de los tres mejores receptores del año. Calvin Ridley, de Alabama; Courtland Sutton, de SMU; DJ Moore, de Maryland. Si buscarán el "remplazo" de Dez Bryant en uno de estos tres jugadores, definitivamente será uno de estos tres prospectos.

Todos tienen lo suyo. Sutton es un receptor estilo "X" (como Dez Bryant) mientras Ridley, por ejemplo, es claramente un receptor "Z" (como Terrance Williams). DJ Moore brinda un poco de versatilidad entre ambos roles, y podría ser un jugador de impacto en cualquiera que se le juegue, aunque probablemente brillaría más si se le permitiera jugar como un "Z."

Afortunadamente para Dallas, el recién firmado Allen Hurns también es capaz de tomar cualquiera de los dos roles. Esto le da flexibilidad a los Cowboys de tomar al que más les guste, o en su defecto, a quien esté disponible.

En mi segundo Mock Draft del año, simulé a Courtland Sutton, producto de SMU a los Cowboys con el pick #19. Los coaches de la Estrella Solitaria han mostrado bastante interés por el producto local y no me sorprendería nada verlos aterrizar un receptor como él la próxima semana.

Ahora bien, si Dallas decide esperar hasta la segunda ronda para conseguir a un par de manos confiables, encontrarán talento. Definitivamente. James Washington, DJ Chark, Michael Gallup, Anthony Miller, entre otros podrían estar ahí en la selección #50 (segunda ronda).

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Oklahoma State WR James Washington (Rob Ferguson / USA TODAY Sports)

Si el equipo quiere tomar talento para otra posición en la primera, lo podrán hacer sabiendo que encontrarán un WR talentoso al día siguiente.

Afortunadamente, esta ofensiva se basa en Ezekiel Elliott y el juego terrestre detrás de la línea ofensiva. Los receptores son importantes, por supuesto, pero no es necesario tener algo tan dominante como lo fue Dez Bryant en el 2013 y el 2014, por ejemplo.

Por ahora, sólo falta esperar como abordan los Cowboys esta necesidad la próxima semana cuando el NFL Draft del 2018 tome lugar en el mismo lugar en el que este equipo juega sus partidos e intenta pelear, el AT&T Stadium.

Con un poco de suerte, estrenaran el campo este 2018 obteniendo su primer victoria del año la próxima semana.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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