Dallas Cowboys: All aboard the Dak Prescott bandwagon

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Cowboys organization has gone all-in with Dak Prescott by signing him to a massive 4 year, $160million deal. His offensive line is healthy, he is healthy, and he has some of the best weapons in the league. Most fans would be ecstatic to have this situation, but that is far from the case.

The time to climb aboard the Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s bandwagon is fast approaching.

Prescott has been a lightning rod ever since he took over for quarterback Tony Romo to begin the 2016 season. Obviously, Prescott had nothing to do with the back injury caused by a hit in a preseason game with the Seattle Seahawks. However, many fans have held it against him that he unseated Romo without winning the job.

There are tons of fans who wanted to see the Cinderella story of Romo going from undrafted free agent to leading America’s Team to a Super Bowl win and culminating with a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I was a huge Romo fan and wanted to see that exact scenario play out, but it wasn’t meant to be. So here is Romo in his own words about losing his starting position to Dak.

So, instead of Romo going into the season with the best roster of his career, the 2016 team would be led by a rookie quarterback drafted in the 4th round. Instead, all Dak did was take that team to a 13-3 record and an NFC East Championship. It took an impossible 36-yard completion on 3rd and 20 from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to pull out a 34-31 win.

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Admittedly so, his win-loss record has been frustratingly inconsistent since that 2016 season, but there is no doubt that he has become a better quarterback. The NFL has increasingly become quarterback and offense-friendly, which bodes well for the 2021 version of the Cowboys. Although Prescott and Romo are two totally different quarterbacks, they have one thing in common with Cowboys fans. They are both high polarized within the fan base.

According to NFL.com, Prescott has completed 66% of his passes with 106 touchdowns to only 40 interceptions for his career. Of course, fans will talk about empty calories and yards during garbage time in games, but that would be turning a blind eye to all the progress he’s made since his rookie season. NFL teams can win with a quarterback producing those kinds of numbers.

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Going into this season, the defense is a mystery, but we have an opportunity to be special offensively. That starts with Dak. The Dallas Cowboys signed him to that deal for a reason, and it’s not because they couldn’t have gone in another direction. Teams always have a choice, and they chose Dak. As fans, we always have a choice, and it’s time we chose Dak as well.