In light of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones intimating Dez Bryant’s reported restrictions weren’t put into place by the team, former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson softened Tuesday’s criticism.
“I’m not saying it not a good idea,” Pearson said on “NFL AM” Wednesday morning. “I think it’s a bad idea if it came from the Cowboys. I think it’s a great idea if it came from Dez’s camp. My only concern is why make this public? Why not make this something that his camp, his advisors, his people say ‘This is what we need to do’ and why wasn’t this in place before? That is my only concern.”
Pearson had been critical of a team putting restrictions on a player, but if the player is spearheading the change, it has the potential to be beneficial. The delicate balance is being too lienent on the wide receiver.
“If you are going to coddle or continue to coddle him, I think you are acting as an enabler to his situation,” Pearson said. “Let the guy grow up, give him a chance to be a man. Sometimes to be a man you have to make mistakes. We all make mistakes, but the key is to learn from those mistakes.”
Pearson also questioned why both Bryant’s camp and the Cowboys haven’t spun the media’s attention away from the negative and toward the positive strides the third-year pro is making.
“Lets’ harp on some of the positives that Dez has done as opposed to this type of negative,” he said. “I would think they would be talking more about how Dez has changed since that incident with his mother back in July. How he has changed, how he has done certain things to show the Cowboys, to show the public, to show the criminal court systems that he has changed. … For me he has, he has made some strides, the way he approached training camp and the things he’s done since that incident. So let’s harp on that as opposed to setting rules for a guy that is 23 years old.”