Dak Prescott lit up the preseason boasting a 137.8 passer rating and 5 touchdowns on 50 attempts vs twos and threes, but failed miserably week one vs the Giants.
After reviewing the tape of a Dak Prescott led offense, only one word came to mind: Déjà vu. It was like reliving that deplorable 2015 season with Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel under center in the absence of Tony Romo.
If you listen to the Jones’ media machine, Dak Prescott is the second coming of Tom Brady. Pump the damn brakes.
Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Last week: Lost to the Giants 20-19.
This week: Visit the Redskins, who won’t have Josh Norman cover Dez Bryant.
We have told you before that if you want to find a quality QB you have to go to the top of the draft, like the Eagles did with Wentz. Drafting one in the 4th round is a waste of time, and the Cowboys found that out the hard way. Dak Prescott, who started in relief of Tony Romo, had lit it up in the preseason against guys who wound up cut and veterans who weren’t risking injury, but when the real games began, he absolutely stunk. He played about as bad as a third string QB signed off the street:
Average 3rd string QB: 56.5 comp%, 6.2 Y/A, 66.4 rating
Dak Prescott: 55.6 comp%, 5.0 Y/A, 69.4 rating
I have to concur. Despite having enough time in the pocket to eat a sandwich and drink a Coke for most of the game, Dak Prescott failed miserably. The two biggest problems the Cowboys offense faced last year prior to Kellen Moore taking the reins having had minimal reps with the receivers was an inability to get the ball downfield (mainly to Dez Bryant) and/or find the endzone. Déjà vu.
Dak Prescott completed only one pass for 20 yards or more and despite having plenty of time to make his reads and with numerous trips to the red zone, he couldn’t find the endzone. In fact, following 45 attempts; Bryant, Williams and Butler combined for 5 receptions. Déjà vu.
Accuracy vision and anticipation are imperative. We keep hearing about poise and composure, but without the rest of the tools, a quarterback will flounder. The Giants followed the plan teams used last year to the letter. They took away the run, let him have the underneath stuff, and dared him to take a shot down field. Déjà vu.
Dak Prescott was either unable to see the whole field, or was afraid to take shots down field. When you put the tape on, you can see the multitude of missed opportunities for big plays. Prescott threw several errant passes to Cole Beasley. He over threw Bryant in the endzone on the over-turned touchdown play and when he wanted the ball on the outside, Dez had to try and catch it over the top of the defender on what would have been another crucial play. Accuracy and anticipation matters. A lot.
What we witnessed was college spread offense type football folks. A multitude of short passes across the middle and tosses to the perimeter. A quarterback who lacks the anticipation to throw guys open, the accuracy and touch to complete passes to a wide open Cole Beasley, and the inability to see the whole field.
The worst thing the media can do is keep putting this kid on a pedestal. He is what he is: a rookie with no previous experience in a pro-style offense. All that the hype will do is fill his head with a false sense of security. Players in the NFL need to be held accountable. If not, they get too comfortable. A 69.4 passer rating and no touchdowns in a losing effort is not worthy of high praise. Let the kid earn the praise before he gets it. .
It starts with not only making big plays down the field, but being able to find the endzone and winning some damn football games.
The same biased media machine that was so quick to discredit Kellen Moore following a 435 yard and 3 touchdown performance with multiple passes for over 20 yards without Dez Bryant, needs to show a little objectivity following a 227 yard and zero touchdown performance by Dak Prescott. Especially when the Redskins were coming after Moore who was often hurried and sacked several times. Come on Man!
The Cowboys brain trust is going to regret putting Kellen Moore on season ending IR.
The Cowboys are not going to win football games kicking field goals. Déjà vu.