Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/30/12
Two weeks ago, Dez Bryant made news when he turned himself in to police. Bryant's mother, Angela Bryant, placed a 911 call reporting an assault taking place, but has since requested the charges dropped. 

Dallas Cowboys' head coach, Jason Garrett, reportedly spoke with Bryant several times after the incident.

At the Dallas Cowboys' annual "state of the team' address" to kick off training camp, owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, indicated he and Bryant have not been in contact with one another. 

Jones is on to something. The less he interacts with players, the better.


The last thing Bryant needs is Jones calling him in to his office.  Bryant dealt with his mother, police, and his head coach all in the last two weeks. The best thing for Bryant is to focus strictly on football now. Route running, conditioning, and playbook memorization should be Bryant's entire life through training camp. Jones neglected to speak with Bryant in the first two weeks, and hopefully the silence will continue.

Distractions are seemingly a way of life when you play for the Cowboys. Oftentimes, Jones is leading the circus, but there's been a shift of late. The types of distractions are changing. Jones didn't open his training camp press conference with a 40-minute spiel about corporate soda and truck sponsors.

The air radiated football.  Bryant's problems off the field are the only distraction surrounding the Cowboys entering training. That's great news for quarterback Tony Romo and the entire Cowboys' defense. 

Although Jones could easily be credited with authorizing the Cowboys to draft Bryant in 2010, no one could foresee a family assault in Bryant's future. The future could hold amazing things for Bryant. Physically, he is comparable to Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson. Both receivers are game-changing players, and Bryant too is capable of making big plays. As long as Jones leaves him alone, he might be in good shape for a future.

As far as football goes, Jones is one of the worst general managers in history. The Cowboys have only one playoff win since 1996. Around Dallas, fans call for his head as a general manager, but it will never happen. He will retire. Never fire himself. At least there's hope for the future. Jones is starting to back off just enough. If he lets Garrett take the wheel, success is right around the corner.

Garrett will eventually be trusted as much as Jimmy Johnson.  And Jones' lack of player communication is the best thing for the Cowboys currently.

The times they are a changin'.

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