Struggling to turnaround the Dallas Cowboys amidst a three-game losing streak, quarterback Dak Prescott got a little advice from legend Roger Staubach.
Prior the start of Dak Prescott‘s second season in the NFL, the young Dallas Cowboys quarterback and reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, weathered the storm of speculation surrounding the possibility of a sophomore slump in his future. And through most of the year, Prescott only exceeded expectations.
But for the last three games, not only has Prescott been ineffective, but the entire Cowboys team has been in a slump. But Dak’s poor play is not entirely to blame. Suspensions, injuries, bad coaching and inconsistent performances have all played a role in their recent three-game losing streak.
As for Prescott, his numbers are terrible in this three game run. He’s completed 58 of his 88 passes (65.9%) for 500 yards, zero touchdowns and five interceptions. As a rookie, Dak threw just four picks all of last season.
But Prescott is also under more pressure than he ever has been in Dallas. Through this terrible three-game stretch, where the Cowboys offense has averaged a ridiculously low 7.3 points per contest, Dak has been sacked a whopping 14 times. The young quarterback was only sacked a combined 10 times in his first eight games of 2017.
With the Cowboys season on the line in a pivotal divisional matchup with the Washington Redskins on Thursday night, Prescott received some sage advice from a Cowboys legend.
"“I did give [Prescott] some advice … I sent him a little text,” Roger Staubach revealed in a recent radio interview. “Basically, adversity reveals genius and prosperity conceals it. You just find out the best in people when times are tough. And I really believe that he’ll be able to not lose his confidence. But he’s got to continue to transfer his confidence to his teammates to overcome the adversity they’re in right now.”"
Confidence have never seemed to be an issue for Prescott, as coming out of Mississippi State, Dak’s best overall qualities were his leadership abilities and maturity. Despite being a fourth round selection, Prescott posted the best rookie season for a quarterback in NFL history. His success last year had pro scouts everywhere scratching their heads.
Prescott’s intangibles have never been in question. And many believe his confidence and leadership qualities are the reasons he been so successful, so early in Dallas. But for the past three games, we’ve seen hints of a shaken Prescott on the sidelines. But with legends like Roger Staubach in his ear, it’s hard to believe this young quarterback will not be able to find a way to lead his team back to winning football games very quickly.