Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Morning News Cowboys blog got the scoop on the Jason Witten-Martellus Bennett relationship.
Witten is given him tough love. The same tough love he got from former head coach and former teammate Dan Campbell.
The message is simple. Know your damn role. Seriously. The rookie from Texas A&M has to realize this is the National Football League and everybody has talent.
Bennett sometimes thinks he can just rely on his natural skills to get by. This ain’t the Big 12. He’s not in Aggieland anymore. This is the pros. On the HBO TV show Hard Knocks, we’ve seen Bennett look disinterested sometimes. I saw it at camp in Oxnard.
Please understand my take, I love the kid’s talent. He just has to mature.
I know Jason and he’s a great guy, but he works hard and expects others to do the same.
Back to what I said, Bennett needs to know his role. That means get in the playbook night and day, do what Witten does and perform when the time comes.
Witten should be applauded for keeping the bar high.
Witten told Timmy Mac:
“He says it all the time: ‘Jason doesn’t like me,'” Witten said of Bennett. “It’s not that I don’t like him. It’s just that I’m letting him figure it out. He’s got to figure it out first, and once he does, obviously that’s where I come along.
“He’s got a good position coach that pushes him, obviously. When he’s ready for it, I’ll definitely be able to talk to him and push his buttons. But you’ve got to figure it out first, and he’s well on his way to doing that.”