Dak Prescott has gotten a lot of criticism for the Dallas Cowboys’ 3-5 record, as quarterbacks often do when their teams are losing.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sees the big picture, and promises that Prescott is still his quarterback of the future. No doubt about it.
He made a statement earlier this week promising an extension for Prescott, and while he didn’t put a timeline on that, he reiterated it will happen during a Friday radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.
“I’m thinking Dak is our quarterback now and in the future without equivocation and that’s the reason for making that statement,” Jones said, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News.
Jones often digs in and stays the course, and he seems set on Prescott being a Cowboy for a long time.
Dak Prescott’s numbers haven’t been great
Prescott is a hot-button issue for the Cowboys. Let’s start with his stats, which aren’t pretty.
Prescott has 1,660 yards passing, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. There are 26 quarterbacks who have more yards, including players who didn’t even start Week 1, like Baker Mayfield and Carson Wentz. He is tied for 22nd in touchdown passes. His 88.9 passer rating is 24th among qualifiers.
By any account that’s middle of the road, at best. It’s a continuation of the second half of last season, in which Prescott’s numbers took a big dip. It’s far off his magical NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign in 2016. The hype surrounding Prescott before his second season is long gone, replaced by skepticism that he can ever be a top-10 quarterback worth the extension that Jones promises Prescott will get.
Jones doesn’t seem worried.
Cowboys standing behind Prescott
There’s more to quarterback play than simply looking at stats, and looking at a teams’ record and judging a quarterback solely by that is foolish. There’s more nuance involved.
The Cowboys didn’t put much around Prescott this season. They did almost nothing to replace Dez Bryant and Jason Witten over the offseason. Prescott’s top target most of this season has been slot receiver Cole Beasley. The Cowboys also lost center Travis Frederick, one of the best linemen in the NFL, to Guillain-Barre syndrome. That hasn’t been noted often enough. It affected the entire offense.
That has to be considered when the Cowboys decide what to do with Prescott, as it pertains to his extension. Is he just an average or worse quarterback, or is an extreme lack of help at receiver and tight end to blame for his drop?
These are all difficult questions to answer. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, a potentially enormous bet on Prescott’s next contract is at stake.
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