Dallas Cowboys: 5 reasons the Amari Cooper trade was a mistake
2. Dak Prescott isn’t a great passer
One of the bigger reasons many are looking to justify the Amari Cooper trade is the fact the 24-year old didn’t play for the best offense in Oakland. Part of the reason Cooper’s numbers have fallen the past two seasons are due to the changes in the coaching staff and the declining play of his quarterback, Derek Carr.
But the fact is Dak Prescott and this Cowboys offense are very similar to the Raiders. Questions about Prescott’s accuracy abound. The third-year passer clearly has an issue with vision and being able to work through his progression quickly, struggling to find the open receiver.
And the Cowboys offensive line has clearly regressed following the loss of their All-Pro center Travis Frederick who is dealing with an autoimmune disease. Dallas also has a second-round rookie in Connor Williams starting at left guard. Then throw in the declining play of left tackle Tyron Smith and right tackle La’el Collins and is it any wonder why Prescott might have happy feet in the pocket?
Trading away a first-round selection for Amari Cooper essentially says the Cowboys believe this one player can save their passing game. Yet, you’re putting an already underperforming Cooper in a very similar situation he was in before.
Dallas clearly has more problems than just their wide receiver corps. And it starts with the player under center tasked with getting Cooper the ball. It’s unfair to think one player can solve all of the Cowboys offensive issues. But when you give away your future for him, that’s the unrealistic expectation.