And of course it's Michael Irvin. Here's what he told Rich Eisen earlier today,
Rich Eisen: Okay, Irv. Let's role play here. You are Michael Irvin. I am Jerry Jones. I call you into my office. 'Come on in, Michael. Take a seat. There's some Papa John's over there if you're hungry. What should we do here in the next few months to make sure we're on the right Super Bowl track? What should I do?' And you say what?
Michael Irvin: Well, there are a couple things that I want to do. I said last year that I wanted to go get another receiver in JuJu [Smith-Schuster]. I still think that's a place that the Cowboys have to go.
Let me tell you why I wanted JuJu ... [and] why I liked a guy like JuJu. And now you're starting to see it, Rich. I think I told you guys about this after I had him on Game Changers. When I get those kids on Game Changers, the show we do, and I get to work out with kids and I'm up close with them, I can tell you which guy coming out of that right then.
I'm measuring his physical ability. I'm measuring his mental capability, his mind, how he sees the game. And I'm measuring the intangibles of how much he loves playing this game. I saw it in Jarvis Landry. You see it in guys like JuJu Smith.
Dallas need a guy like that that can play as a No. 2, but will one day merge into the No. 1. That's the kind of receiver that will really help them right now.
I like the advances my defense have made if I'm the Dallas Cowboys right now. And I'm gonna tell you this, Rich: I stand pat. I'm standing right where I am with the coaching staff and I'm writing off this year, not as a lost year, but as a year that I can use next year saying, 'We have overcome adversity before.' Because this is a lot of adversity this team went through with all the Ezekiel Elliott stuff hanging over their heads and then the injuries and everything.
... There's certain things I'm going out in this draft and in this offseason to pick up for this football team.
Rich Eisen: You mentioned you want a No. 2 to grow into a No. 1. So I'm assuming you still believe the guy you refer to as your son in Dez Bryant is still a No. 1 receiver? And I say that lightly telling you that last year [in] Week 9 was the last time he had a 100 yards receiving in a football game. Is he still a No. 1 receiver in this league, Irv?
Michael Irvin: Oh God, yes. God, yes. Dez is a No. 1 receiver. You see when he gets certain opportunities he shows up better than other opportunities, you know?
As I said to Dez, there's a difference when he came into the league and Tony [Romo was] showing him the ropes. That's one thing. It's a whole other thing when you're the receiver and now the quarterback is the guy you have to show the ropes to.
Dak stepped out of his lane this year in trying to get that relationship with Dez [by] throwing passes and doing things and taking chances he wouldn't normally take. But that doesn't mean, to me, that Dez is not a No. 1 receiver?
It just means they have to grow together. And as we remember, that Dak is just a second-year player. For what he's done in his two years, it's nothing short of incredible [with] the growth he has and playing the way he has played. He still has a lot to learn.
So yes. Absolutely, Dez is still a No. 1 receiver.
Source: Sports Day · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency