Over the last year and a half Dallas Cowboy fans have expressed how Dak Prescott is worth being paid among the elite QBs in the NFL. We have seen the comparisons to Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson and even Tom Brady. He has the 2nd most wins in the NFL over a 4 year period yet the question remains… Is Dak Prescott among the NFL’s elite at the quarterback position??
Many point to Dak’s leadership and demeanor in playing the most demanding position on one of America’s most visible teams. Well is he a Press Secretary or Quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys??
Did you know that Dak Prescott was 0-5 against playoff teams in 2019? Wasn’t this his make or break year to prove he was among the elite of his sport and earn that franchise contract? I keep seeing graphics by Cowboys superfan Cornelius Thorn pleading Dak is worth a large contract by virtue of his wins. Wins against who??
Lets look at the last 3 years in totality then… his 2018 campaign had him sweep the defending champion Eagles to go 3-2 against playoff teams in the regular season. He edged the Seahawks 24-13 in a home wildcard game before a bad loss to the Rams in the divisonal round 30-22. That playoff loss to the Rams is a microcosm of Prescott’s career with the Cowboys. We’ll come back to this…
In 2017 Dak led the Cowboys to a 2-2 record against playoff teams with one of the wins a 6-0 victory over the Eagles who were resting their starters for the playoffs in the season finale. They had homefield advantage and went on to win the Super Bowl. Dak’s other win came against the Kansas City Chiefs 28-17 while they were quarterbacked by Alex Smith.
In this same time frame Patrick Mahomes has risen from being on the bench that day to setting records (50TDs as 1st year starter) & ’18 NFL MVP the following season. Then ’19 Super Bowl MVP and champion earlier this month to showcase his growth.
Didn’t I just tell you that Dak was 0-5 against playoff teams in 2019?? This is not trending in a direction for someone seeking $40 million per year in compensation. He had 1 win against a depleted Seahawk team in a wildcard and has a 5-9 record against playoff teams over the last 3 years.
The bottom line is Dak Prescott is a Beta QB and not an alpha signal caller.
The alpha infuses confidence in his football team through his leadership and play. His teammates are inspired through his verve, spirit, and fight which in turn raises their level of play to meet his. You can see the confidence in their eyes when the game is tight. This is what every coach wants and covets each year in the NFL draft. He doesn’t shrink when games are on the line or when the team is up against a superior opponent. This description is everything Dak isn’t.
Earlier I referenced Dallas 30-22 loss in the 2018 playoffs as a microcosm for Dak’s reign under center down in JerryWorld. What happened in that game? After taking a 7-3 lead Prescott goes 4-11 during the competitive phase of the game while the Rams balloon their lead to 23-7 halfway into the 3rd quarter. Then with a greater than 2 touchdown lead and playing vanilla defense Dak compiles impressive numbers while losing.
You look at the stat line and 20 of 32 for 266 yards and 1TD looks like he kept Dallas in the game. Sorry but the eye ball test if you watched the game was his 4 of 11 for nearly half the game which sank the Cowboys season.
Isn’t this exactly what his 2019 8-8 season looked like? He went 0-5 against playoff teams while completing 388 of 597 for 4,751 yards 30 TDs and 11 picks. Did any of these yards or touchdowns come against top competition while the game was on the line? The answer is no… If he was going to mature into a great QB he would have done so by his 5th year
He is a beta QB that is the second coming of Tony Romo….as for $40 million? The answer is hell no… let Dak go test the free agent waters. Look to draft a 1st rounder and sign a free agent vet in Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, or even a Tom Brady that can win now for you. As for the 1st round draft pick you have 1 1/2 years to get him ready if you believe this is a Super Bowl ready team.
Go grab a Jalen Hurts in the 1st round and his top receiver in the 2nd round. You have to stop this Tony Romo / Dak Prescott good story guy at quarterback. Its pyrite….fools gold. Go draft an alpha and use that $40 million on an alpha in their latter stage of their career that can win for you now.
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