Bryant has 66 receptions on 125 targets for 814 yards and six touchdowns. Unless he gets 186 yards against the Eagles on Sunday, Bryant will fail to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight season. Bryant, 29, admitted he was frustrated this season and let a lot of things get in the way of his play on the field.
I’m still Dez Bryant, he said. I am a hell of a football player. I know that. I believe that. I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally. I feel like if anything, I need to deal with (that) in the offseason.
The Cowboys (8-7) will not make the playoffs this season, a year after winning the NFC East with a 13-3 record, but Bryant was defiant when asked if he still wants to be in Dallas.
Hell yeah, what do you mean? What kind of question was that? That’s dumb, Bryant said. I’m a Texas boy all day.
First-year general manager Chris Ballard expected some tough times for the Colts, especially with Luck (shoulder) out, and that’s how it played out with Indianapolis finishing among the worst teams in the NFL.
Pagano arrived in Indianapolis in 2012 in a season of transition. It was the first year the Colts were without longtime franchise quarterback Peyton Manning.
Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia that season and he missed Weeks 5 through 16. The team, with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians coaching in the interim, rallied. Pagano returned with his cancer in remission for the last week of the regular season. The Colts finished 11-5 and lost to the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round.
Pagano had arrived with a defensive reputation after being defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. But the defensive results never showed up for the Colts under Pagano. Indianapolis finished 20th or worse in total defense in five of Pagano’s six seasons, including 31st in 2017.
Pagano’s inability to beat AFC rivals Pittsburgh and New England also hurt him. The Colts were a combined 0-8 against those two teams under Pagano. They lost by an average of 24.3 points to the Steelers and by an average of 24.6 points to the Patriots.
Pagano had a 53-43 regular-season record as coach of the Colts.