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Jerry Jones on Dez Bryant rants: 'Not in any way did it concern me'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

The Lions' come-from-behind win over the Cowboys Sunday was one of the most exciting games of the season, but the only thing most people remember is that Dez Bryant lost his mind on the sidelines. Twice.

The first outburst came midway through the third quarter with the Cowboys leading 13-7. Bryant had just two receptions for 22 yards.

The second came after the Lions scored the go-ahead touchdown with just seconds left on the clock. Bryant had three catches for 72 yards at that point.

After the game, Bryant defended the sideline rants.

“My passion is always positive,” Bryant said, via ESPNDallas.com's Tim McMahon. “It's always positive. It's going to remain the same way. I'm not saying anything wrong. I'm not saying anything bad. It's all positive. That's just what it is.

“I'm the nicest person off the field. When I'm on the field, even when I look angry, it's still all good passion. It's all good passion. I feel like that's what we need. I'm going to remain the same way. I feel like I love this game. I love it. In order to win, you've got to be passionate about this game. You have to be. You've got to let that dog come out and just put it all out there on the line."

Bryant also wasn't offering up any apologies.

"That's [the media's] problem, because everybody knows up in this locker room who I am," he said. "It's been that way since Day 1. The day that I got drafted, like I told y'all, don't get it twisted: I love this game. I love my teammates. That's what it is.

"It's going to forever remain the same. It started in Pop Warner, went to middle school, went to high school, went to college, and it's here. It's going to stay that way. It won't change."

And owner and general manager Jerry Jones said that Bryant's blow-ups may ultimately be a good thing for the Cowboys.

"Not in any way did it concern me," Jones said. "It's not a negative for our team. Matter of fact, when he started that as I saw timing-wise, we started playing better on our offense and the defense didn't hear it. They were out on the field. It's not an issue.

"I'm not trying to make light of it," Jones continued. "But he's a very passionate player and he competes and works and does all the things that give him the collateral to use with his teammates and with me relative to a few awkward moments on the sideline, overexpression of passion. He's bought enough slack with me."

Quarterback Tony Romo also supported Bryant afterwards.

"He's never complained to me about getting the ball," Romo said. "He knows that the ball's going where it's supposed to. He knows that.

"When you guys sometimes see emotions from Dez, it's just trying to '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 if there was ever a 'me' situation."

Coach Jason Garrett added: "We want guys who want the football.Dez has never been a distraction to our football team. He is a really positive asset to our team -- on the field and off. The way he works, his passion for the ballgame, that's good stuff."

Depending on who you ask, Bryant either provided a spark, as Jones points out, or he's a huge distraction, as almost everyone in the media seems to think. Wherever the truth lies, the Cowboys play in the NFL's worst division so there is some margin for error.

 
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