The real greats don't look at numbers, save the ones on the scoreboard when the final guns sounds.
It was abundantly clear Sunday that Bryant was far more concerned with himself and his pseudo-matchup with Johnson than his teammates, green with envy while watching "Megatron" ring up his historic numbers against a soft cover-2 shell.
Dez wanted to be the one lighting up fantasy football leagues around the country and capturing that guest spot on "The League" next season.
No one is saying Bryant wants to lose and it's pretty clear he truly believes the football in his hands gives the Cowboys a better chance on a weekly basis.
And to be fair, he's probably right. But there is a time and a place for everything. If you have a problem with your quarterback or the coaching staff, engage them during the week in Frisco while the HD cameras aren't capturing your every move.
You get what you tolerate in life and there is a reason the Cowboys have been mired in mediocrity since Jimmy Johnson skipped town. It's a rudderless ship and all the so-called leaders lined up to defend the indefensible.
"He's never complained to me about getting the ball," Romo said hours after we all saw Bryant do exactly that. "He knows that the ball's going where it's supposed to. He knows that."
Coach Jason Garrett also was in lock-step, although he did at least hint at Bryant's desires.
"We want guys who want the football," Garrett said. "Dez has never been a distraction to our football team. He is a really positive asset to our team -- on the field and off. The way he works, his passion for the ball game, that's good stuff."
Never been a distraction?
The law suits from stiffed jewelers for nearly $900,000 aren't a distraction?
The domestic violence charge for allegedly striking his biological mother wasn't?
Or how about yelling at his boss and QB on Sunday?
It's fair to say Garrett was far too busy to deal with a petulant child against the Lions, but afterward he should have addressed this in an honest fashion. Now, he, Romo and Dooley come off as impotent leaders beholden to the star receiver, something even Jerry Jones played into.
"I'm not trying to make light of it," the Cowboys' owner said. "But he's a very passionate player and he competes and works and does all the things that give him the collateral to use with his teammates and with me relative to a few awkward moments on the sideline, overexpression of passion. He's bought enough slack with me."
And maybe that's the problem.
Immaturity is the issue here and Bryant needs to see clear boundaries and consequences to his actions.