Marty B wants offensive system to change

March, 8, 2010
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Tight end Martellus Bennett has a wonderful personality. Sometimes that voice gets him in trouble with the organization, like when he made a rap video last year and used a gay slur when talking about quarterback Tony Romo.

On the field, Bennett came into the 2009 season with high expectations based on his performance in training camp, where he was catching everything.

But his 2009 season fizzled, as he finished with 15 catches for 159 yards and no touchdowns.

In an interview with Ch. 11's Steve Dennis, Bennett said things have to change -- like the Cowboys' offensive system.

"I think I can be one of the all-time greats," Bennett said. "It's part of the system. I think the Cowboys are a great fit for me. The system has to change for me to produce. There’s some things they have to do on the coaching side of the ball to make me ... you got to fit into the system. It's not just all on the player. There’s different things that have to be done to put me in a position to make those plays."

Whether or not you agree with Bennett, the facts are he was getting open at times but Romo didn't get him the ball. A trust factor between Romo and Bennett was part of the issue, and the tight end didn't run the best routes in the world. The organization still believes in Bennett's abilities.

In the last six weeks of the season, however, John Phillips surpassed Bennett on the depth chart. Bennett missed two games with a concussion. Against New Orleans, Phillips caught three passes for 40 yards.

"At one point and time I felt like, man, the season is really stressful because I expected to have a great season this year," Bennett said. "I planned on scoring 10 touchdowns [with] 50-to-60 catches. I don’t feel like I failed. I feel like I got better in other aspects of my game. They asked me to block and I pass blocked."

Jerry Jones had a heart-to-heart talk with Bennett this offseason, mainly to wake him up. Jones is fond of Bennett and his big personality, but the bottom line is making plays on the field, and that didn't happen in 2009.

Here's what Jones said about Bennett at the combine: "I really thought that right at the end of the year that he stepped it up. ... We all look at last year. He is smart guy. He is ambitious. I think we will get some benefit from that. But before it's over with, we will probably have some conversations."

Bennett said he wants to play for the Cowboys long-term, but admitted if things don't go so well, maybe a divorce is in order.

"I think opportunities will come," he said. "Third year, if they don’t, then something is just wrong. Maybe it's not the fit. A lot of marriages will be lucky to last three years now-a-days. And its 2010. You never know."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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