Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott or an unproven rookie?

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

As the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott negotiate a long term contract, some Cowboys’ fans would rather see him walk in free agency than receive a lucrative deal.

Outside of our current pandemic, the Dallas Cowboys are the biggest story on sports channels, sports newspapers, and in the sports world. Whether it’s a player breaking the law, the team signing a free agent, or Jerry Jones buying a $250 million dollar yacht, the Cowboys will somehow always find a way to make the news.

Oh, and ole Jerry loves the to see his Cowboys in the news and making headlines-good or bad-because Jerry is a hype-machine personified. He’s the main reason the Cowboys are worth $5 billion plus dollars, and Jerry has done that without even playing in a Super Bowl in over two decade, let alone make it to the NFC Championship game.

In the latest Cowboys news cycle, the drama is about quarterback Dak Prescott and his impending contract. Or should I say Dak wanting to be one of the highest (if not the highest) paid signal caller(s) in the NFL?

But that’s not the real debate at hand, because at some point, ole Jerry is going to pay Dak. It’s going to happen. Dallas will pay Dak Prescott. And when they do, everyone will be happy. Everyone except a few vocal fans in Cowboys Nation, that is.

And therein is the issue, boys and girls. As good as Dak is and as much as he deserves a lucrative contract, there are some fans in Cowboys Nation who flat out despise Dak and would rather see the Cowboys start over from scratch. My goodness!

I can’t make this stuff up.

Whether you’re a Cowboys fan or not, the talk about Dak not being worth is just par for the course when it comes to Dak. The drama really unfolds when you hear SOME fans scream they’d rather Jerry let Dak walk and take their chances on a rookie.

And the truly delusional still speak of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo coming out of the  television booth and reclaiming the QB1 spot. Trust me, they really talk about this happening.

The dislike for Dak isn’t justified because all Dak has done is win football games and lead the league in come from behind wins. Since Dak entered the league in 2016, Dak has won 40 regular season games (with one playoff win), won two NFC East titles, appeared in two playoff games, set a franchise record with an 11-game winning streak.

He set an NFL record for most completed passes without throwing an interception (breaking Tom Brady‘s record), won ROY (Rookie of the Year), and beat the Grinch from Green Bay (Aaron Rodgers) in Green Bay during his rookie campaign.

Further, Dak had his best season yet in 2019 when he threw for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns, a 99.7 rating and was a top-10 quarterback in every statistical category. One of the most important stats was Dak’s accuracy.

For a quarterback who was incessantly criticized for his accuracy, Dak improved tremendously and had one of the best catchable ball rates in the NFL.

His 40 wins since 2016? Only future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has more. And if not for mediocre play from his supporting cast in 2017 and disappointing defense in 2019, Dak could easily have just as many wins as Brady or tied with him.

The criticism Dak receives from Dallas’ fan base is unwarranted. Dak has improved each year and balled out with mediocre coaching and inept offensive play calling. Last season was the first time Dak had a legit offensive play caller that played to his strengths and put him in position to succeed.

Also, having Jon Kitna as his quarterback coach helped Dak with his accuracy and ball placement. Another positive is that Dak hasn’t reached his peak, yet. Imagine how much better Dak will be under the tutelage of head coach Mike McCarthy.

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I’m a Dak fan and I believe he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Dak is a top-10 quarterback and Cowboys Nation should be proud to have him. I remember what it was like when Troy Aikman retired and Dallas went several seasons with awful quarterbacks before finding Romo.

I also remember the last years of former head coach Tom Landry and him not having a bona fide quarterback until Dallas drafted Aikman with the number one pick in the 1989 draft . Not having a franchise quarterback is like waking up with flu everyday with no cure insight.

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When a team has the success to have back-to-back franchise quarterbacks, the fan base should sing praises and not complain because your franchise could be like the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Bucs, or Jacksonville Jaguars.

So enjoy the elite play of Dak and stop with the hateful vitriol because the Dallas fan base could have Quincy Carter or Ryan Leaf as their quarterback. BOOM!

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  • Published on 03/12/2020 at 12:41 PM
  • Last updated at 03/12/2020 at 12:41 PM