Don’t Expect a Dak Decline
The other day we looked at some of the nuances in the schedule for the Dallas Cowboys. While the consensus is that it will be a challenge for the Cowboys to repeat upon their success (record wise), that doesn’t mean the team won’t be good in 2017.
That’s not what most people will have you believe though. The popular belief is that these Cowboys will take a step backwards and the reasons vary from strength of schedule, to the exodus from their secondary.
However, the biggest thing that will drag this team down has more to do with Dak Prescott. The second-year signal caller is expected to take a step back after a fantastic rookie season. They say he can’t possibly play that well again, that trouble awaits a team being led by a quarterback who played over his head in year one.
The talking heads certainly seem to be in agreement about Prescott and his inability to live up to the lofty status he brought upon himself and the Cowboys. They were so wrong about his draft profile that he couldn’t possibly repeat his success.
Of all the convenient excuses to knock the Cowboys, this is the worst. Dak Prescott showed that he was a special player and person last year, why would any of that change in year two? Because defenses have a “book” on him now?
Defenses have a book on Carson Wentz too, but there’s no mention of him regressing. Apparently, only Dak will take a step back. By the way, teams also had a book on Andrew Luck, Derek Carr, Peyton Manning, and a whole host of other quarterbacks that have come through the league. Bring up the name Robert Griffin III all you like, but comparisons to Prescott rings hollow. Dak has a much better build, feel and mind for the game than Bob did, so that assessment is lazy and inaccurate.
There’s another prevailing thought that has been thrown around the NFL for the last 20-30 years; a player makes the most improvements from year one to year two. But again, that doesn’t seem to apply to Prescott.
It’s a complete joke to say the Cowboys are going to take a step back because of Dak Prescott.
Knock Dallas all you want; they did lose two members off their stud offensive line, they have a tougher schedule (that we can tell of now), they rid themselves of most of their top contributing secondary pieces, and they still don’t have any pass rushers. Those are all points we can discuss when breaking down the demise of the Cowboys this season.
What we cannot surmise is that Prescott will be one of the main reasons the team won’t achieve the same success, there is no basis for that belief. Dak Prescott is different. If you haven’t heard anyone say that about Prescott or seen that by following him in the past nine months, that’s on you. Let’s see him fail over and over, the way he succeeded over and over last year, before we name him as a reason the Cowboys won’t be as good in 2017.
In fact, the opposite might be true. The Dallas Cowboys might be better this season because of Prescott’s experience, why hasn’t that prognosis been explored?
The NFL is all about quarterback play and the Cowboys have a good one who plays behind a great offensive line and surrounded by outstanding skill players. Maybe it’s time to ask if the Dallas Cowboys could be better in 2017.
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