IRVING, Texas -- With two members of the Cowboys public relations staff standing nearby, wide receiver Dez Bryant spoke to reporters for the first time in nearly three weeks Friday.
The biggest issue with Bryant involves sideline antics during last Sunday's game at Philadelphia.
Bryant was screaming on the sidelines, although quarterback Tony Romo and coach Jason Garrett noted that nothing negative came out of the second-year receiver's mouth.
And Bryant isn't going to apologize for encouraging his teammates to press on during difficult games. Garrett said he's not going to change.
Watching Bryant in person or on television can give the impression that he's upset. He is, but not in the way one would think.
"The picture doesn’t show anything different," Bryant said after Friday's practice at Valley Ranch. "It's just the way others look at it. They don’t know what I'm saying. You can ask Tony and ask Miles [Austin] and ask anybody else on the team. It's always positive. I just think it's crazy if I just go off on the sideline and just go yell at one of my teammate's face and just act all crazy and berserk. That's out of line. What I do I feel like I try to [do is] motivate my teammates and I expect them to do the same thing [for me]. That's all I’m doing. It won't change, that’s how I play the game. I'm just very passionate and emotional about the game, nothing negative about it."
Garrett said he has no problems with Bryant because it's not becoming a distraction for the team.
Bryant was asked whether he should calm down when on the sidelines, for the sake of perception.
"No, that’s just the way I play," Bryant said. "I think that’s just the way I am. I wouldn’t be the same person if I decided to stop playing with passion because I hear or somebody tells me the media is ripping you up cause you getting mad and angry or frustrated on the sideline. It's not that. It's just the love for the game that’s all that is."