Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo knows a wide receiver distraction based on pass experience with Terrell Owens.
So all that must be considered when he defends he emotional outbursts of receiver Dez Bryant in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Lions.
"He’s a competitive guy," Romo said. "I don’t know that…He’s never complained to me about getting the ball. He knows the ball is going to where it’s supposed to. He knows that. I think more than anything it’s about him willing the team. When you guys see emotion sometimes from Dez, it’s just rah rah more than it is being a me guy. That’s not who Dez is. I think that would be completely out of character for him for it to be a me situation. He does a great job…sometimes, it’s come on guys, we’re better than this, really emotionally. But he’s never a selfish guy."
Romo said Bryant was not a distraction on the sideline. He said Bryant is a guy driven by his emotions and his teammates understand that.
"No. More than anything, it probably happens 12 times a year during games," Romo said. "Some guys are emotional during games. Others keep it in a little bit. It’s what helps him play good. There will be some stories about it, I’m sure, but everyone in the lockerroom knows there is nothing to it. It’s not like this guy is being deceitful or trying to do something that helps himself. He literally just cares about winning. Terrance caught a long touchdown, he comes over, Dez is the first guy to come over. He wants the ball because he thinks he can help us win. But he’s never going to come to me and just make that a point. That’s because he’s a good teammate."
All that was missing was "he's my teammate. he's my receiver."