Have the Dallas Cowboys set Dak Prescott up to fail?
After his rookie season, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has been noticeably regressing. Why hasn’t the team stepped up and fixed the problems?
We’ve all known after his sophomore season that quarterback Dak Prescott needed to work on his throwing mechanics to fix his accuracy problems. Yet it seems as though they have only gotten worse for him. The Dallas Cowboys didn’t really do him any favors hiring first-time quarterback coach Kellen Moore or giving him wide receivers that the rest of the league fear in the passing game.
During Prescott’s first season he was able to shred defenses and was being praised for how accurate he was throwing the ball down the field. The rookie passer averaged a nice stat line completing 67.8 percent of his passes, 229 yards per game and a quarterback rating of 104.9.
This season, Prescott has a below the league average completing only 61.8 percent of his passes, 192 yards per contest through the air with a lowly quarterback rating of 81.4. But has this coaching staff and front office set up the third-year passer to fail in 2018?
My biggest question is why hasn’t the Cowboys coaching staff helped Prescott fix his problems? Is it because they are forcing him to play in a scheme he doesn’t mesh with? Is the team trying to save money with his upcoming contract?
Either way, if the Cowboys consider Prescott the quarterback of the future, they need to figure out a way to get his confidence back in the pocket and fast. Right now, he isn’t always planting that front leg and driving the ball down the field as he has in the past. That’s causing the ball to either sail on him or go into the turf.
Prescott’s poor mechanics also begin to show when he feels the smallest amount of pressure. It is making him scramble more and attempt throws on one leg and off balance almost every other play.
Prescott may be to blame for missing throws in games, but the team’s front office and coaching staff share a big part of the responsibility for not fixing their passing game issues during the offseason. If the Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and director of player personnel Stephen Jones want to give Prescott a hefty extension in 2019, they will need to get him weapons on the outside and start holding this coaching staff more accountable.
If I had a say in how the Dallas Cowboys were run, I’d fire head coach Jason Garrett for not getting out in front of this problem, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan for his inability to put Dak Prescott in a position to succeed, and quarterback coach Kellen Moore, who should have never been hired in the first place.