Rod Woodson thinks it may be too late for Dez Bryant to improve his route running skills

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Rod Woodson and Anthony Herron join Jason Whitlock to discuss Dez Bryant hiring a route running coach to help him.

- This to me, smells a little bit desperate and it's something that Dez should have been doing a long time ago, at the beginning of his career. And, Rod, I think this is something-- no offense to you, Anthony, but this is something I think Rod and relate to. Sometimes, when you're blessed with so much talent, the technical part of the game, you just kind of ignore and you don't work on your skill, you just rely on your raw talent. You were one of the few guys that came in with like world class talent that was also a technician.

- But there's the misnomer. Like, back in 1987, like two weeks into the building-- in Pittsburgh Steelers building, Chuck Noll one told me, talent is nothing here. Everybody's talented, that's why you're here.

They draft kids, the draft's coming up. These kids are getting drafted just off pure talent, because they really don't know what they're going to be in the National Football League. He told me very beginning, it's two to one mental to physical. When the players who can take that mental aspect of it and apply that daily and weekly in every game, those guys separate themselves from the average players to the great players.

Now, what Dez is trying to do, he's trying to go back and turn back the clock. And you should have been doing this year two, year three, year four, year five. You should have been trying to get better in some capacity back then.

Now, what I do think he should do-- you know, because I'm looking at the game we played in this past year with the Oakland Raiders. And when I looked at him, when Brice Butler, who was on one of the shows before here-- when I saw the two both running go routes, Dez is back here, Brice Butler's way up here.

And I'm like, well, this dude needs to get back to the track, he looks like a tight end running. I'm like, get back to the track. I understand you want to work with your feet and maybe that will help you get a little bit quicker, but you need to get back to your top end speed. Because at the end of the day, you're going to run the same routes. You're going to run a fade, you're gong to run a slant, and you're going to run a comeback. That's all you're going to run.

- The interesting thing to me, I was around Dez a decent bit when he was going through the combine prep process. I was doing some features on some guys who were training at the same facility with him. And I remember, still to this day, talking to some of the staff that was there at this facility and it stuck out to them that yeah, you know, Dez doesn't always come to every work out we're having as a group. He's not always kind of in line with what everyone's doing, and he'll do his own thing sometimes.

So that was Dez even before he got into the National Football League but he's so physically gifted. And just to the point you're making, Jason, when you're that physically gifted, for his particular position, he's gotten by on that for a while.

And at a certain point-- and use the word "desperate," that's a good thing, he better get desperate. Because now at 29, as a wide receiver, you can see the mortality of your career. And so what do you want to become at this point? Are you the guy who's going to just kind of fade away and ride off into the sunset at 30 or 31 or do you have a career renaissance?

And if he's going to start putting the extra work in that necessary, then it's about time he did it.

- Rod, I listened to what you said and think, like, it's over. But can he move into the slot--

- No.

- --and extend his car--

- No.

- Why not?

- He's not Antonio Brown. He's not Emmanuel Sanders. Those guys are twitchy, quick receivers, creating separation from the DBs off their breaks. He's never been that. Even when he came in as a rookie, he was a fade, slant, hitch type player. That's all he's ever really been.

I don't think in year eight, year nine, year 10 that you're going to change that. He's never going to have more short, airy quickness and getting in and out of his breaks. He is who he is.

Now, does it help him kind of understand it or do something different? I don't have a problem with that. But he should have been doing it fricking year two, year three, year four.

- We just heard a eulogy for Dez Bryant. And Imma poor out a little liquor for him. Rod just buried him. There's nothing else to say.

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