Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/4/11
Many of those who question Dez Bryant's sideline antics probably would be less critical if the Dallas Cowboys were winning more often. But with the team off to a 3-4 start, fingers are going to be pointed and scapegoats are going to be found. It also doesn't help that Bryant's work ethic and route running have been a topic of concern. But as far as his animated sideline demeanor, which was caught by television cameras Sunday night, Troy Aikman says the behavior is similar to a wide receiver that was a significant factor in the Cowboys winning three Super Bowls. "There are often times comparisons between him and Michael Irvin," Aikman said Thursday as he joined "The Musers" on The Ticket in Dallas (KTCK-AM). "I think some of those comparisons are fair in the fact that they do want the ball on every play. Michael used to say to me, 'Troy, I don't care if there's three guys on me, just throw it up.' And I said, 'Mike, I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to throw it to you if there's three guys on you because that means somebody else doesn't have anyone on them.' But he said, 'Hey, I won't let you down.' And I think Dez Bryant is that same type of player, and if it becomes a distraction, then you've got to deal with that. "But I don't know that it's become a distraction, I don't believe that it has been. I think everyone understands what this guy's about, and they knew that right from the beginning." True, Bryant is about 11,000 receiving yards, 55 touchdowns and three Super Bowl rings shy of Irvin, however, that type of behavior seems easier to dismiss when it's compared to a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Aikman, who is an NFL analyst on FOX, was also asked about Bryant being a distraction. The former Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback said he had heard nothing but good things about Bryant and then described why the second-year receiver is so vocal. "He's somewhat of a wild stallion to where you're going to get certain elements of that, and it's his personality and it's kind of what's made him such a dominant player and why he's so good on the field," Aikman said. "I don't know that I've seen a wide receiver take the number of hits that this guy takes. He never goes down easy, and because of that, he's just getting hit so much more than what he really needs to, but that's just because of his competitiveness and his desire to score on each and every play. He never thinks he's not going to go the distance." More of Aikman's interview can be read here: http:dallasne.wsw1318z Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
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