Dez Bryant: I Know Rob Ryan Is Going To Double Me

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 | 0

Miami Dolphins v Dallas Cowboys

After a lackluster opening game against the San Francisco 49ers where he suffered from dehydration, Dallas Cowboys star wideout Dez Bryant has gotten off to a strong start to the 2014 season.

He rebounded with 103 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys destroyed the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, and he followed that effort up with 89 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys pulled off an incredible come-from-behind in over the St. Louis Rams in Week 3.

The Cowboys will host the dangerous New Orleans Saints in Week 4, and it’ll be a revenge game of sorts. Last year, Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (who previously coach the Cowboys’ defense) double teamed Bryant, holding him to only one catch for 44 yards.

HE was frustrated last year when the Cowboys lost 49-17, but this year, Dallas has a different gameplan thanks to the NFL’s leading rusher in DeMarco Murray. Bryant told FOX Sports that he knows Ryan will double-team him, but that may be a bad idea this year:

“I always had a good time with Coach Ryan. He’s still one of my favorites to this day. I know he’s going to double me. I know he is. I’m ready for it. DeMarco is turning straight beast mode. If they want to keep doubling [me], DeMarco will just run for 150 or 200 more [yards].”

Bryant could be right, as Murray has looked unstoppable thus far. That should open up the passing game, but Bryant is still suffering some light lingering effects of a shoulder injury suffered against the Titans in Week 2.

According to Bryant, it’s an ailment that won’t hinder his performance in Week 4:

“My shoulder feels good,” Bryant said. “It feels 10 times better than it felt last week.”

That’s good news for Cowboy fans, and it could be very bad news for the Saints if they choose to focus on Murray. If they don’t, then the running game could eat up huge chunks of yards just like they have in Weeks 1-3.

However, it will most likely come down to a matter of whether or not the Cowboys’ porous defense can stop the high-powered attack of the Saints. Giving the ball to Murray will help them control the clock and limit Drew Brees’ chances to score, signaling that the Cowboys have a much more balanced offense in 2014.

Will it be enough to topple the Saints at home in Week 4?

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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