The main knock on the Dallas Cowboys for years has been their lack of accountability and leadership. In the past, coaches wouldn’t force the players to be responsible for their actions and the players would not go above and beyond their duties to make sure their teammates stayed in line.
That could all be changing and wide receiver Dez Bryant believes he is one of those leaders.
“I just feel like I’m stepping up, doing my job, being accountable, making sure that I’m doing the right things so the people that are under me can do the right things,” Bryant said. “So you can say, somewhat of a leader.”
Bryant has had some maturity issues in the past. Whether it be getting banned from a mall for sagging his pants of an alleged fight with rapper Lil Wayne, Bryant is looking to grow up and let his actions lead the way.
“I feel like I’m leading by doing my work, playing hard, trying to take very rep, doing every rep at full speed, 100 percent of the time,” he said. “I feel like by me doing that, the younger guys are seeing it.”
This is Bryant’s first full offseason of his NFL career and it could serve the young receiver well. If it helps with maturity, that is great for the Cowboys off-the-field and in the locker room. If it gives Bryant more time to fix his issues with inconsistency, that is even better news for the team on-the-field.