So how clutch is Dak?
If I could, I would write that in a bigger font but I’m afraid that’s simply not possible.
What was very obvious from Dak’s first breakdown is that when he doesn’t play particularly well in the first 3 quarters, he can somehow change mid game. The obvious claim here is “Dak plays well in the 4th because he has to be clutch. He doesn’t play well the other 3 quarters.” Can this be this true? Sure, however, the fact that he wins these games is the only thing that really matters. After all, we’re discussing how clutch he is.
To simply ask a QB who hasn’t played well for 3 quarters to go and win a game for you is a tall order and not many QBs can naturally do that. Even if the process of getting the desired result isn’t always pretty, the fact that he will get it more often than not is the most encouraging thing for a football fan and a football team.
This is what made Tony Romo so special to Cowboys fans and the same is applicable for Dak. Fortunately for Dak, he hasn’t been burdened by a botched hold or an interception because of an incorrectly run route. (Tony is statistically the most clutch QB of all time, but no one seems to care because of these two events)
Dak, more often than not, has been the reason the Cowboys have won the last three years. If you don’t believe me consider this…
When the Cowboys were 3-5 to start 2018, it took Amari Cooper to rejuvenate the passing offense. Without Amari, Zeke was 4th in the league in rushing. For how much Zeke is an emphasis on this offense, he was not able to bring much to the win column. It took a rejuvenated passing attack to bring the Cowboys to the playoffs.
If the Cowboys continue to play smash mouth football, these types of games are to be expected. It won’t always look great but what can we do about it? We aren’t running the organization.
All we can hope is that luck will be with the Cowboys and that Dak can continue to win close games. The argument for how the Cowboys run this offense is a discussion for another day. However, today we have proven that Dak rightfully deserves the clutch label.