You know, it would be so easy to sit here and criticize Dez Bryant. Lord knows he's done enough over the course of his career to call any of his opinions into question. However, I just can't, in my heart of hearts, do it this time. The fact of the matter is that he's exactly right. I love Delvin Breaux. I love his story. I love passion. Despite taking a bunch of penalties, I love what he's shown on the football field. During a season that has been full of disappointment thus far, Delvin Breaux has been one of the newcomers that has given Saints fans hope for the future. With that said, dude got humbled last night. It doesn't matter who said it, or who tweeted it, it's just simply a fact. That's not to say that he had a bad game. He actually played quite well, but he was basically begging to get scored on. Sure, it took three plays in a row directed his way before one was successful, but with the amount of celebrating he was doing you just knew it was bound to happen. I'm not a stick in the mud that thinks players should just robotically jog back into position after every play, but when the hand waving and finger wagging becomes so constant that even I think it's obnoxious then it might be time to tone it down a bit.
What Breaux needs to realize is the same thing that a lot of young, inexperienced players need to realize. One play is just one play. You don't need to gesture to the crowd every time a ball is thrown your way and it ends up hitting the ground. You want to do so when you make a game changing play like a pass breakup or an interception then knock yourself out. However, you can't be celebrating every Brandon Weeden overthrow like it's a game clinching 4th down and then give up a touchdown when you actually do face a game clinching 4th down. Football is a long game filled with a lot of plays. You can't let yourself get too high or too low depending on the outcome of every single one of them. The ball that beat Breaux was a great throw and a great catch so it's not like I am chastising the kid, but I bet you he felt pretty dumb for celebrating on second and third down before getting beaten on fourth down. That's part of being humbled, and it's something that happens to all young players as they realize how many ups and downs occur throughout the entirety of an NFL game. Dez Bryant has been there, and now so has Delvin Breaux. Hopefully it's something that serves him well as he continues, what looks to be, a very promising career in New Orleans.
P.S. In the interest of full disclosure, I probably would have used this blog as an opportunity to completely rag on Dez Bryant if the Saints had lost, but I am glad I don't have to. Not only because my mental health couldn't have endured another loss, but also because Breaux's antics were something I had noticed even before Dallas tied the game.