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News: ESPND: Martellus Bennett admits struggling in Dallas

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

    Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett inked a four-year $20 million deal with the Chicago Bears on Wednesday afternoon. The Texas A&M alum has come a long way since his rookie year with the Cowboys.

    Wednesday, Bennett was asked about his time with the Cowboys and offered an interesting response.

    "I think early in my career, it’s no secret that I struggled earlier in my career," Bennett said. "But it wasn’t because of my ability or being able to make plays. It was more attitude. I think I never accepted my role in Dallas and I always was fighting with what my role was instead of just accepting it. I did kind of accept it because I became one of the better blocking tight ends in the NFL, which was my role there. It’s helped me out throughout my whole career. I was a blocking guy down there. Really it just added some perspective for me."

    The Bears wanted the all-around Bennett, who not only is a good blocker but an excellent receiver.

    "I didn’t want to be the second guy (in Dallas)," he said. "I never want to be second. I finally got a chance to be the No. 1 guy, and I was able to make huge strides in being able to play and make plays. I think this is the next step for us up and I’m excited about it."

    Read more: http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowb...martellus-bennett-admits-struggling-in-dallas
     
  2. Frozen700

    Frozen700 Well-Known Member

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    Surprised he isn't blaming Romo
     
  3. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    Nice reply from Bennett. Good for him.
     
  4. RoyTheHammer

    RoyTheHammer Well-Known Member

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    Oh, what a jerk.

    :rolleyes:
     
  5. T-RO

    T-RO Well-Known Member

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    Good for him. We all can learn and improve.
     
  6. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I like him finally taking responsibility. And he is a very good blocker.
     
  7. Bluestang

    Bluestang Well-Known Member

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    A very good response from Bennett re: his Dallas days. His experience in NY probably helped him as well.

    On the otherhand though I think this should end the argument that Bennett wasn't being used properly. It was never the lack of talent with him.

    Clearly, he admitted that he never accepted his role which we now know the reason why he had issues here.
     
  8. BlueStar3398

    BlueStar3398 Active Member

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    He admits that it was his attitude. He hated that Witten was the #1 and he was mostly a blocker. At least he admits now. I still don't like him for bashing the Cowboys, though.
     
  9. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    one smart statement does not make up for 100 dumb ones.
     
  10. Sportsbabe

    Sportsbabe Well-Known Member

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    And everybody always "aksing" about Dallas. His last job was with the Giants. He's a non-factor.
     
  11. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    Yeah, but after his next smart statement, we'll have a trend. :)
     
  12. Joe Realist

    Joe Realist No Kool-Aid here!

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    Bennett may see the Pro Bowl this year.
     
  13. Idgit

    Idgit That sounds really boring Staff Member

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    You think his brother might give him some tickets? I bet he'd like that.
     
  14. bbailey423

    bbailey423 Well-Known Member

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    Still for the life of me CANNOT understand why we used a 2nd round pick on a blocking TE. Here's a wild idea...why not use that same 2nd round pick on an offensive lineman?!! Someones whose job is to actually block! Someone who would not complaing about blocking!!!!!!!!!! It was obvious early on that he did not want the role Dallas thrust upon him...and honestly....when you had the ability he has..why would you want to be a blocking TE. Obviously he is not as good as Witten...but he had much more to offer than we asked of him! All we wanted to do was beat his body up for the vet minumum! He knew to make the kind of money he deserved he would have to show more...and he was never going to get a chance to show more in Dallas. Kudos to him for doing what was best for him!
     
  15. Doomsday101

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    It is called growing up. Bennett was considered immature at Texas A&M and a guy to marched to a different drummer. I think he has the physical talent to be a very good TE all he has to do is dedicate himself to his profession.

    There was little doubt he did not want to be a backup but no coach is his right mind would put him above Jason Witten.
     
  16. Gemini Dolly

    Gemini Dolly Well-Known Member

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    That was a mature answer for such an immature guy.

    I wish nothing but a sucky game for him when we meet up with Chicago next season.
     
  17. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I do hope he has grown up, for his own sake. Dooms is absolutely right, he has the physical ability to do whatever he wants at the TE position. It's a shame he's not doing it for us. We need a good TE and he could have been that for us. Didn't happen that way. Costly mistake for us.
     
  18. 5Stars

    5Stars Here comes the Sun...

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    :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:

    And this is from a "realist"!
     
  19. Omegasupreme

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    I feel the same way. I live in New York and told some of my Giant fan friends that Eli was going to make the most of Bennett's height. 55 catches and 5 TDs is just the beginning. Often being the tallest player on the field with a 34 inch vertical should theoretically be an ideal mismatch against virtually any DB or LB on a high throw.
     
  20. koolaid

    koolaid Drink Me

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    Translate: I got paid millions to work with/learn from one of the best TE's in the game and I was too much of a meat head to appreciate the opportunity.

    good riddance
     

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