Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter recently joined the Shan & RJ Show on 105.3-FM The Fan to talk about the Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant. Carter, everyone's favorite opinionated NFL personality, said he expected more from Bryant over his career.
On whether Dez Bryant is done as a No. 1 wide receiver:
"He's done unless he makes some drastic changes. Like if they don't move him to the slot, if he doesn't bring some variety to his game like Larry Fitzgerald. Larry had a longer, sustainable success but then Bruce Arians moved him inside to the slot receiver. Dez has to come up with a different pitch. He can't throw fast balls at batters in the major leagues. They will eyeball it and they will hit it out. Dez, he can't go to his go-to slant, the go-to dig, the moves Michael Irvin. But Michael Irvin, he'd take you downtown. He could run the post corner. He ran that deep-out. Dez needs to add more things to his game. That's how you continue to get better, and we haven't seen that and the league has caught up to him. Caught up to his athleticism. That's why his results have suffered."
"If you're going to be a professional you continue to grow. I didn't make the Pro Bowl until my seventh year I think in the NFL. We continually got better. If you don't want to learn, if you're not a learning person ... It's the same thing as this business. If you don't reach outside what you're resources are, you're not gonna get better as a broadcaster. He should have the same pressure on him that we have and what we do on a daily basis. The difference between the good players and the great is how long they stay in their prime. Dez had a three to four year window, but the greatest receivers have 8-10 year windows."
On whether a player has ever taken issue with his criticism:
"It's probably Dez Bryant. I was as huge fan of Dez, and the reason why I've criticized Dez is because I really had higher expectations. That's my fault, but I really thought he was going to be one of the super stars in the league. In all honesty, growing up in Ohio, the Dallas Cowboys were my team. So I've always been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. I told Jason Witten, I had him on the show the other day, I've always been a fan of the Cowboys. Dez thinks it's personal because I don't analyze him like Michael Irvin. I tell the truth. I don't have to have a relationship with him. I thought he was going to be a super star. I thought he was going to have a 8-10 year run that was going to be really special. That's my fault. I'm sorry."