How Dak Prescott Can Advance From Historic Rookie Season

Statistical regression is coming for Dak Prescott.

It’s inevitable.

Prescott’s rookie season was too far of an outlier for it to be repeated. Only four times in history has a quarterback attempted 400 passes and thrown four-or-fewer interceptions. Tom Brady is responsible for two of those. No other rookie quarterback ever threw that many passes and finished the season with a 67.76 completion percentage. Prescott was the 17th passer in history to accrue that completion percentage while averaging at least 7.99 yards per attempt.

The efficiency with which Prescott played last year was startling. Especially for a player who wasn’t expected to start after being selected in the fourth round. Statistically it was the greatest rookie season in the history of the NFL.

Of course that needs to come with a caveat. The evolution of NFL offenses and the changing rules mean that it’s easier than ever for quarterbacks to put up big numbers. Furthermore, Prescott played behind a great offensive line with a good set of receivers in an offense that relied heavily on the run to set up the pass. When he did throw the ball there were a large percentage of plays that set up easy completions for him with smart route combinations or hard play fakes.

Nick Foles’ presence still hangs over super-efficient quarterbacks like a bad five o’clock shadow.

Foles threw 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013. Like Prescott, he played behind a great offensive line. Like Prescott, he had a great running game. Like Prescott, his coach was scheming receivers open for easier throws. Unlike Prescott, he was constantly throwing the ball to defenders and missing wide open big plays.

The black-and-white nature of sports—every game has a winner and a loser—means that evaluation often takes on an ‘if you’re not one you’re the other’ tone. Prescott wasn’t the greatest rookie quarterback in the history of football. He also wasn’t Nick Foles.

Foles had an interception rate of 0.57 percent during his outlier season. He had an interceptable pass rate of 5.43 percent, he threw a pass that should have been intercepted once every 18 attempts. Prescott’s interception rate last year was 1.06 percent, his interceptable pass rate was 2.62 percent as he threw a pass that should have been intercepted once every 38 attempts.

Only 10 percent of Foles’ interceptable passes were caught whereas almost 40 percent of Prescott’s were.

Prescott was right at the league average for the percent of his interceptable passes that were caught. Only five quarterbacks had a better interceptable pass rate than Prescott. He wasn’t relying on luck to avoid turning the ball over. He benefited from playing in a good situation but the primary reason for his success was his decision making and poise in the pocket.

It’s easier to be a productive quarterback playing from clean pockets but it still requires patience and an ability to process what is happening in front of you so you can react accordingly. A quarterback who gets time in the pocket but stares down one receiver or rushes his decision to throw/scramble is wasting opportunities to attack the defense. He’s also more likely to run himself into sacks and lead defenders to the ball for interceptions.

From as early as the first preseason game, Prescott was showing off an ability to diagnose the pass rush instantly at the snap. If the defense blitzed, he knew to get rid of the ball and was able to find his hot route. If the defense rushed four or fewer, he understood that he had to hold the ball in the pocket to give his receivers time to run their routes downfield.

When he was pressured, that ability to react accordingly didn’t go away.

Prescott obviously got more clean pockets than most quarterbacks during his rookie season but he wasn’t reliant on clean pockets to be effective. He made plays against pressure, especially when his line was missing starters because of injury early in the season, and showed off an ability to sit alone in shotgun while correctly setting protections to counter potential blitzes.

That poise is the starting point for Prescott’s success. It’s what allowed him to build out a wide skill set, establishing a foundation from which he can develop his proficiency as a passer. After his rookie season Prescott is already a good passer but he’s a better quarterback than he is a pure thrower. Prescott is already advanced at mitigating pressure in the pocket with his movement, at delivering the ball against arriving hits, at diagnosing coverages and at cycling through progressions.

He doesn’t need to get better in the areas that typically improve with greater experience. The only way Prescott can make major strides forward as a player is by becoming a different type of thrower.

Charting for the Pre-Snap Reads Quarterback Catalogue revealed Prescott as the quarterback with the 11th-highest accuracy percentage in the league. His 75.6 percent was 8.2 percent behind the most accurate quarterback and two percent above the league average. Overall accuracy percentages are useful for highlighting how effective a player was in his specific role. The problem is every quarterback has a different role.

To get an idea of Prescott’s ability as a passer we have to dive a little deeper into the charting.

Prescott’s accuracy was remarkably consistent. He ranked ninth, 10th or 11th in five of the six yard depth ranges. His outlier depth, 11-15, was only slightly below the 63.53 percent league average. The results make it clear that Prescott isn’t a limited passer by depth. He isn’t the type of player who struggles to consistently complete short throws or hit deep routes.

He doesn’t close off the field to let the defense be more aggressive on underneath throws.

Whenever a smart, technically-refined and poised quarterback plays behind a high-quality pass-blocking line with a great running game, he will consistently find wide open receivers. Prescott’s play combined with the benefits afforded to him by his situation meant that he could often avoid attacking tight coverages. He didn’t play with an aggressive mindset, he was much more likely to take the higher percentage play to Jason Witten or Cole Beasley underneath rather than search out the big play to Dez Bryant in tighter coverage.

As a rookie Prescott completed the passes you expect a quarterback to complete at an exceptionally high rate. He kept the offense ahead of the down-and-distance, complementing the strong running game with smart plays.

That is where the style of thrower matters as much as the accuracy of the thrower. Prescott didn’t throw a high percent of his passes behind the line of scrimmage, his passes concentrated past the line of scrimmage to short and intermediate routes. 52.5 percent of his passes travelled to the 1-10 yard range, 11th most in the league, while 23.32 percent of his passes travelled to the 11-20 yard range, eighth most in the league.

Prescott was willing to take shots downfield and he could rely on his intelligence and timing to attack windows over the middle of the field. He has a strong arm but didn’t show off a particularly wide range of trajectory control during his rookie season. Prescott can fit the ball into tight windows downfield but it’s not something he excels at.

His skill set combined with his situation meant that Prescott didn’t need to play with an aggressive mindset. As a thrower he didn’t need to attack tight windows. He took calculated shots downfield at times and, encouragingly, looked good when doing it.

If he is to take a step forward in his second season, Prescott needs to diversify the passing game by taking on a more aggressive approach while showing off greater trajectory control. For as good as the rookie was at setting protections and calling full-blown audibles from five-wide sets, two hugely impressive things for someone so young, the Cowboys’ passing game as a whole was still somewhat limited.

According to this year’s Football Outsiders Almanac, the Cowboys ran on first down 58 percent of the time last year. That was first in the league by three percent and more than 10 percent above the league average. It makes sense for a team with Ezekiel Elliott and a great offensive line to run the ball on early downs but the Cowboys also led the league in running while trailing in the second half of games and ranked in the bottom five of the league for shotgun/pistol plays.

Play action passing was a huge part of the Cowboys offense.

The Quarterback Catalogue revealed that Prescott had the second-highest play action percentage at 18.11 percent but only gained 21.94 percent of his yards off of play action, fifth most in the league. Prescott had by far the highest percentage of play action plays where he left the pocket by design (hard play fakes) yet the offense still struggled to create big plays. Prescott’s reluctance to be aggressive with his deep threats in these situations needs to change.

Because of their quarterback’s mindset and the structure of the offense, the Cowboys were tied for the third-fewest passing plays that gained 20-or-more yards last year. Altering that mindset and showing off a greater ability to make higher-degree-of-difficulty throws will allow Prescott to create more big plays which will be integral for offsetting the inevitable blemishes that will come from his efficiency regressing.

Even if Prescott only adds more mistakes and doesn’t take those steps forward, the offense around him and the width of his established skill set should still allow the offense to be one of the better units in the league.

The Cowboys offense is able to dictate the play to opposing defenses every week. That makes Prescott’s job easier because the offense can determine which matchup they want to attack depending on how the defense lines up. If they come out in base personnel and drop a safety into the box, Prescott can use a hard play fake to take a shot downfield into distorted coverage or find Ezekiel Elliott with a matchup advantage outside. If the defense comes out in a nickel package, the Cowboys can rely on Jason Witten and the offensive line to run the ball easily.

A slow transition to an offense that features more shotgun formations—Elliott can run from shotgun and pass protect brilliantly—will take place so long as Prescott shows growth with his touch passing, anticipation and aggression.

Ironically, Tony Romo is the ideal foil for Prescott to study as he continues to develop. The Cowboys will hope to replace with Romo vs Dak debates with Prescott emulating the elements of Romo’s play that made people clamour for him last season even while the team was winning. Development is always difficult to predict but Prescott having a wide skill set already established will allow him to work on specific things more than trying to improve his whole game.

While it’s not always indicative, the quarterback also made more of the types of throws he needs to get better at over the second half of his rookie season. If that trajectory sustains Prescott will be the biggest name in the NFL sooner rather than later.

The NFL’s Overlooked Superstar Quarterback

Quinton Spain probably isn’t a name you know. Spain is a guard for the Tennessee Titans. He’s played a little bit over his two years in the league, starting more games than he sat in 2016, but even for guards he’s not a known name. Spain became the star for a fleeting moment during the Nashville Predators recent run to the Stanley Cup Finals. When the Titans offensive line got together to chug beer and hold up dead catfish in the stadium, Spain was standing front and center. Right there between Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan the way he is on the field. Shirtless, covered in beer, not the way he is on the field. Everyone noticed Spain. You couldn’t miss him. Not everyone noticed the guy off to the left, standing uncomfortably while waving a towel and wondering how long it was all going to last.

Marcus Mariota had rarely looked so out of place in Tennessee.

It’s unusual for any quarterback to be overshadowed by his offensive line, normally it works the other way around. It’s especially unusual for it to happen at a hockey game. If there was one quarterback it was going to happen to though, that was Mariota. The former Oregon prospect is a reserved character. He’s so reserved that when he was coming out of college one GM claimed Mariota’s red flag was that he had no red flags — a reach bigger than Randy Moss in the corner of the endzone. After his offensive line went viral, Mariota revealed that he has never taken a sip of alcohol in his life so the idea of him chugging a beer shirtless is even more absurd than whatever that GM was talking about.

During that draft process Mariota was pushed into the background by Jameis Winston. Winston went first overall in the 2015 draft, Mariota went second. Winston was considered a generational talent after a stellar couple of seasons at FSU. Mariota was widely regarded as a system quarterback who would struggle to transition to the NFL. He received lazy comparisons to Colin Kaepernick and other running quarterbacks simply because of his physical profile. Mariota can run. He’s obviously an excellent athlete. That doesn’t mean it was the most significant or even a significant part of his skill set.

Rather than compare Mariota to a quarterback such as Kaepernick, he should have been compared to a Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger. He shared Brady’s quick release, outstanding ability to diagnose coverages in an instant and his precision on short/intermediate routes. He shared Roethlisberger’s ability to function effectively both inside and outside the pocket, extending passing plays and giving them every chance to succeed rather than dropping his eyes to run himself into trouble. The aesthetics of Mariota’s physical skill set distorted the view of his quality as a passer, setting the tone for how he would be covered early in his career.

Since entering the NFL, Mariota has proven his quality as a passer.

As early as Week 2 during his rookie season Mariota was making exceptionally difficult plays from the pocket. For Dorial Green-Beckham’s 13-yard touchdown against the Browns that week, Mariota initially looked to his left where he had two receivers covered tightly. He shuffled his feet, turned his shoulders and came back to the other side of the field as the pocket around him began to tighten. Mariota subtly moved backwards while pump faking to draw a linebacker out of the passing lane he wanted to attack. An edge defender arrived to hit Mariota as he began to release the ball. The quarterback’s release was so quick that the ball wasn’t affected. His mechanics stayed strong, he absorbed the hit and delivered the ball in perfect time to a perfect spot for Green-Beckham to catch the ball in the back of the endzone.

The now 23-year old threw 19 touchdowns to 10 interceptions while averaging 7.6 yards per attempt during his rookie season. Those numbers didn’t do his performances justice. Mariota played behind one of the worst pass-blocking lines in the league that season. He was regularly working from condensed pockets, buying time with subtle movements while keeping his eyes downfield. Without his quick release and poise in the pocket the Titans passing game wouldn’t have been functional. To compound those issues his receivers constantly left completions on the field. Mariota lost a completion on an accurate throw because of receiver error once every nine attempts that season. No other quarterback lost a completion that often and when adjusted for receiver error his yards per attempt lept to 8.9, the sixth-best adjusted yards per attempt in the league. Not only were his receivers ruining plays by dropping balls, they also struggled to get open. Relying on Harry Douglas, Dorial Green-Beckham and Justin Hunter meant that Mariota was constantly throwing receivers open with precision and anticipation into tight windows.

Jameis Winston was supposed to be the generational talent from his draft. He was supposed to be the guy who elevated everyone around him and played with consistency. Mariota did all of that without the major accuracy issues and turnover problems that Winston has had to this point in his career.

The Titans should have embraced Mariota’s obvious strengths after his rookie season. They should have set him up in a quick-passing, shotgun-heavy offense that featured three, four and five receivers as much as possible. Mike Mularkey has never emphasized those things. Mularkey has always relied on misdirection, heavy-set personnel packages and deep drops in the pocket that come with slow-developing, vertical releases for the receivers outside. It’s an offense that doesn’t give Mariota three or four options to attack the coverage on every play and it’s an offense that doesn’t let him get rid of the ball quickly. According to Football Outsiders, the Titans ranked second in the league in run percentage during the first half, fourth in the league in run percentage when trailing in the second half and used heavy packages on 43 percent of their plays, more often than any other team. 23 teams used shotgun/pistol formations more often than the Titans did. 26 teams used empy sets more often. Mularkey’s offense attempts to minimize the quarterback’s impact and responsiblity. It puts a greater emphasis on the design of the play and the execution of the supporting cast than the quarterback’s ability as a passer.

Despite his own scheme working against him, Mariota was even better during his second season.

Tajae Sharpe and Rishard Matthews struggled to create separation on Mularkey’s vertical routes. With more bodies staying in protection, they were regularly running into crowds so Mariota was forced to throw receivers open into tight windows at every level of the field.

He was still an above average passer to each level of the field except past 20 yards. Dak Prescott was the only quarterback 25 or younger to have better accuracy percentages than Mariota. Prescott’s numbers were enhanced by the types of throws he attempted and the conditions he played in. He could sit in the pocket and wait for wide open receivers. He rarely aggressively attacked tight coverages because he didn’t have to. Furthermore, Prescott threw the ball short at a much higher rate. 39.8 percent of Mariota’s passes travelled further than 10 yards downfield (fifth in the league), whereas 32.47 percent of Prescott’s passes travelled that far (18th).

Only three quarterbacks had a deeper average depth of target than Mariota’s 9.78 last season. A big reason for that was the team’s reluctance to throw screen passes. 6.21 percent of his attempts were screen passes and only 39.49 percent of his yards came after the catch. 28 quarterbacks benefited from more yards after the catch.

The only time Mariota really struggled last season was during the first four weeks. Even then he was still making spectacular plays. In Week 2 against the Detroit Lions he was accurate on 80.65 percent of his passes. One of those accurate attempts came late in the fourth quarter when he hit DeMarco Murray down the seam for a 22-yard gain against tight coverage. Mariota was hit as he released the ball but still threw Murray open to the perfect spot on the field. That play set up the game-winning touchdown for Andre Johnson when Mariota diagnosed the coverage instantly by recognizing the linebacker turning his back to the quarterback over the middle of the field. Recognizing the linebacker’s movement allowed Mariota to fit a touch pass between two defenders to a spot where only Johnson could catch it even though the receiver was completely covered. Those two plays were of the highest degree of difficulty for a quarterback. They were the types of plays Mariota made repeatedly after the first month of the season.

Mariota’s skill set is so wide and advanced that he didn’t have major weaknesses to work on after his rookie season. His only real weakness is his deep ball, something Mularkey tries to emphasize. That meant his second season was about developing greater consistency and adding layers to things he was already doing at a high level.

Throwing receivers open against tight coverage against impending hits is something Mariota does better than all but one quarterback in the league: Aaron Rodgers. There are a few more quarterbacks who are better than him at cycling through progressions to find soft spots in different coverages, they are all older, less mobile, future hall of famers who have been in the league for more than a decade. Mariota is catching up to those guys in terms of manipulating defenders to create throwing lanes from the pocket. You could see very clear examples of him moving linebackers with his eyes against the Chiefs and the Packers.

Having a quarterback who can do all of that from the pocket consistently and make plays with his feet when he’s forced out of the pocket is hugely valuable. Even when Mariota breaks the pocket his instinct isn’t to run. He keeps his eyes up to exhaust every passing option before crossing the line of scrimmage. He is a reluctant runner. This means he gives plays every chance to succeed instead of running for four yards when there’s an open receiver 40 yards downfield. He doesn’t leave pockets without good reason to and he doesn’t predetermine his decision to pass or run. Everything about Mariota’s skill set sets him up to react to what the defense does and punish them for it.

Even with Mariota’s skill set, playing in that type of aggressive passing game with a limited supporting cast should have led to more turnovers.

Mariota only threw nine interceptions last season — he threw 26 touchdowns — and his interception percentage was exactly two, the 12th-best rate among quarterbacks with at least 400 attempts. It wasn’t luck. Mariota only threw 17 interceptable passes. A lowly 3.77 percent of his attempts were considered passes that should have been intercepted. In simpler terms: he should have been intercepted once every 26.53 attempts.

Only 11 quarterbacks had a better interceptable pass rate than Mariota. None of those players played in a scheme that was as aggressive as his and Prescott was the only one from the 25-and-younger club.

Even with his low interception total, Mariota was actually unlucky rather than lucky. On average each quarterback had 39.72 percent of his interceptable passes caught last year. 52.94 percent of Mariota’s interceptable passes were caught.

A quarterback who takes care of the ball while getting the most out of every play by attacking the defense in different ways and elevating his teammates is what every team in the league desperately wants. If Eric Decker can regain his health and Corey Davis erases the concerns about his speed to stretch the field, the Titans will have recievers who can create their own separation and adjust at the catch point for the first time in their young quarterback’s career.

That will help the Titans move closer to the playoffs.

It will help Mariota move closer to the spotlight.

It will help us acknowledge that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL…

…and the best young quarterback in the NFL.

Dak can’t match his precision into tight windows or his anticipation throws on intermediate routes. Winston can’t take care of the ball while creating opportunities for his receivers the way Mariota can. Wentz….Wentz shouldn’t even be mentioned in this conversation.

Even the recently-minted Derek Carr doesn’t have a broad enough skill set or consistent enough track record to challenge Mariota as the best young quarterback in the NFL.

What Tony Romo Specifically Offers Over Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott has been sensational. He has massively overachieved relative to his draft position and status entering training camp as the third-choice quarterback. Prescott will have a chance to be a long-term starter for the Cowboys unless he stagnates or regresses after his rookie season.

If you frame Prescott like you would any other rookie, it’s impossible to be anything but hugely impressed. By Week 3 he was doing things that most rookies never do.

Framing Prescott like that at that point of the season was easy. He was the Cowboys only option. Ever since Tony Romo has returned to full health, it’s been harder to ignore the veteran’s presence. Romo only lost his job because he was hurt. There was no chance Prescott could have forced it from him even if given the opportunity during training camp. Before Romo was hurt, he was one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

When you view Prescott against Romo, it’s an unfair competition. It doesn’t help Prescott that he has hit a rookie wall of sorts over recent weeks. He isn’t showing off the same consistency as a passer or poise from the pocket. He’s still played relatively well for the most part, but the passing game as a whole has all but shut down since a 301-yard, three-touchdown outburst against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.

Prescott has been the primary reason for the struggles of the passing game. Against the New York Giants this past week, Prescott was taken advantage of by the creativity of Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

The first third down of the game for the Cowboys was a Third-and-3 on their own 25-yard line. Prescott got his offense out of the huddle quickly so they had plenty of time on the play clock before the snap. Prescott motioned Cole Beasley into a tighter alignment before the snap and the Giants responded by pushing one of their inside linebackers into the A-Gap so he could threaten to blitz.

So what does this pre-snap shift tell the quarterback?

This coverage looks like a five-man pass rush (red lines) with Cover-1 coverage (green lines) behind it. The linebacker helps to sell this coverage by turning his shoulders and fixing his eyes on the running back in the backfield. The safety on the right side of the defense is lined up directly in line with the tight end while all three quarterbacks are square to their receivers, though the narrow side cornerback is playing off while the wide side cornerbacks play press.

Prescott correctly recognizes what this alignment looks like but unbeknownst to him he will need to make a post-snap read.

Had the Giants played Cover-1 with a five-man pass rush, Cole Beasley would have been the perfect option for Prescott. Prescott had his eyes on the middle of the field before quickly turning to Prescott as he entered the break of his horizontal double move route. This suggests that Prescott knew he was going to Beasley based on what he saw before the snap. The Giants likely understood that Beasley is a preferred target for Prescott on third downs. As such, they anticipated this type of route and showed a six-man blitz before dropping both defensive ends into coverage.

Olivier Vernon, the right defensive end, drops into space in front of Beasley, taking away the passing lane underneath but also allowing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to stay outside of Beasley as he pushes his route infield. Beasley is essentially double teamed.

You’d forgive a rookie for being baited into an interception on this play. Prescott’s poise shows up like it has for most of the season. He holds the ball instead of forcing it into a receiver who he expected to be open based on what he had previously seen. That is as far as Prescott’s poise takes him. Without an obvious receiver to target, Prescott unnecessarily moves his feet and throws a wobbling, off-target throw to a well-covered receiver over the middle of the field. This lack of comfort holding the ball bails the defense out for its four-man rush.

Spagnuolo sold Prescott a blitz and replaced it with a four-man rush because the rookie’s poise only extended to a point. Spagnuolo called the same play for Prescott’s interception at the start of the second quarter, Prescott actually made a good throw and decision on that play, Dez Bryant just fell down in his route.

In the second quarter, Prescott ran himself into a sack and fumble when facing a Third-and-11. Spagnuolo initially had 10 of his 11 defenders pressed to the line before dropping into a Cover-2 look as Prescott began to audible. Once the ball was snapped, Prescott had a chance to throw the ball to Jason Witten on a deep curl route at the first down marker but didn’t pull the trigger because he needed to attack relatively tight coverage. The defender wasn’t looking at him though so Witten wasn’t covered if the ball was delivered on time to the right spot.

Missing Witten led to Prescott moving his feet. Unfortunately for him he didn’t feel the pocket around him and ran left when he should have shifted right.

Before the end of the second half, Prescott ended another drive by checking the ball down to a covered running back short of the first down line. The Giants rotated their safeties after Prescott audibled to throw off what he was expecting at the snap. Even then he still had an opportunity to hit Dez Bryant on a deep in-breaking route if he threw with anticipation but took the overly conservative option.

A Third-and-15 heave into Cover-3 that resulted in an easy interception for Leon Hall highlighted the worst of Prescott’s third down struggles.

Spagnuolo understood how to play Prescott and the Cowboys passing game. The Cowboys were able to run the ball relatively well but couldn’t build the passing game off of that foundation after an early long touchdown off of a hard play fake. What the Cowboys were lacking was diversity. Diversity that could be brought by Romo. Romo excels where Prescott struggles, he is a precision passer who can attack tight coverage to beat good coverage or throw receivers open over the middle of the field. He also possesses more awareness and patience in the pocket than his recent teammate.

That’s no slight on Prescott, Romo is better than more than 90 percent of the players in the league at those things. It’s the primary reason why he should be starting.

There is a near-endless supply of plays that can be used to showcase Romo’s skill set and the added elements he will bring to the offense. The best one comes from a 2013 matchup with the New York Giants. Romo shows off ridiculous patience to extend this play within the pocket. While the protection is obviously excellent, you can compare how Romo shifts his feet, shoulders and eyes in this gif with how Prescott moves in the plays above. He stays aware of the pass rush throughout the play and cycles from left to right and back again before reset his feet deeper in the pocket to buy even more time.

At the end of the play, Romo throws Jason Witten open with precision and anticipation. Had he waited for Witten to get open, he would never have released the ball. His ability to get rid of the ball allowed him to avoid an arriving sack from Jason Pierre-Paul. This is a play that Dak Prescott simply can’t make at this stage of his career.

Prescott will hopefully develop in these areas so the Cowboys can build their future around him. That’s not going to happen within a week or a month though. It will take years.

All of the elements from the above play encapsulate what Romo brings to the whole offense. At 36 years of age, coming off of back surgery, there are obvious questions about Romo’s health and durability. He shouldn’t have any chemistry question marks. Romo has been a fixture in Jason Garrett’s offense for as long as Garrett has been there. Furthermore, he has played extensively with all of the Cowboys’ receivers and tight ends.

Putting Romo in is giving yourself the best chance of winning a Super Bowl this year. He makes your offense better at a time when your limited offense already allows you to be a contender. Even if Romo plays and gets hurt, worst case scenario remains going back to Prescott and running the offense that you have right now. Prescott doesn’t appear to be the type of personality who would respond poorly to that situation if it emerged. Especially considering how Romo reacted to his own situation.

This decision shouldn’t be about who has earned the right to start or who has been available to this point of the season. It should be about who makes the offense better and gives the team the better chance to win.

Dak Prescott Deserves More Respect After Week 3 Performance

Dak Prescott was an after-thought in the NFL draft. “He’s not worth watching” and “He’s Tebow” were two of the phrases I remember when I asked people I respect if he was worth watching. You see, I only turn my attention to the draft after the NFL season ends so I ultimately only watch 100 or so prospects. I rely on the full-time draft guys to point me in the right direction of guys who are worth my time.

I regret not watching Dak. Continue reading