The “Controversial Sports Personalities” of 2010 …..

December 16, 2010 |

#8) Dez Bryant – I’ve got a sneaky suspicion this young man will occupy “Most Controversial” lists for years to come. He usually garners headlines for things he says or does, off the field, as opposed to his contributions in football games.

Aug. 15, 2010 - Oxnard, California, United States of America - 15 August 2010: Dallas Cowboys WR.

Whether he was forgetting his shoes for the NFL Combine …. OR he was pissed-off about questions during the Pre-Draft process …. OR he refused to participate in a training camp ritual for rookies, Bryant was no stranger to controversy, in 2010.

As for his decision making skills, he preferred to spend $54,000 on dinner for teammates, rather than carry shoulder pads, with other rookies, during camp. Smart? No …. but, pretty predictable for a guy with evident maturity issues.

7) Josh McDaniels – It’s hard to believe this time last year, McDaniels was one of the hottest young commodities in the NFL’s head coaching ranks. He started his career with a 6-0 record, but things really did begin to disintegrate from that point.

DENVER - OCTOBER 04:  Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos celebrates after Brandon Marshall caught the game winning 51 yard touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys with 2:47 remaining in the fourth quarter during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ironically, his “youth” and inexperience in handling certain, crucial situations would lead to his ultimate firing. From employing FANTASY FOOTBALL techniques to the 2010 NFL Draft (see Tim Tebow), to alienating players and assistant coaches, to mishandling an in-house cheating incident, McDaniels fumbled the basics of his job throughout the current season.

Last week, he paid the price for such blunders. Hmmm …. I wonder if we might see him calling the offensive plays, in Baltimore, in 2011?