Dallas Cowboys must go all-in and help Dak Prescott

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Dak Prescott has proven that he should be the Dallas Cowboys‘ franchise quarterback for the future. But, Dallas must continue to give him weapons.

As much as everyone liked to avoid this truth, in 2018, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott improved. He is not a finished product, but Prescott has proven time and time again that he can win games. In 2018, the third-year quarterback won his first playoff game, broke his personal record for passing yards, and led the offense to six-game winning drives.

The addition of wideout Amari Cooper undoubtedly gave Prescott a legitimate go-to receiver. And rookie receiver Michael Gallup‘s rise is promising. But the Cowboys still need to look to add weapons for the soon-to-be fourth-year passer.

Whether you like it or not, Prescott will be Dallas’ quarterback for at least the foreseeable future. He has earned the right by having three straight winning seasons, two division titles, a playoff win, and an average postseason quarterback rating of 82.1 (in comparison, Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers’ best postseason QBR ever is 82.3).

And you can say “Prescott needs weapons, which shows he is not a franchise quarterback”. But that is the way it works in football. Look at every “franchise quarterback”– they all have a staff that allocates their resources to help them succeed.

For example, the Pittsburgh Steelers already had receivers Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster, but in 2018 they drafted the receiver James Washington out of Oklahoma State. Football is a team sport. One player cannot take a team to the Super Bowl by himself, just look at Rodgers in Green Bay.

The quarterback should be given the best tools available. Adding Cooper was a sign that the Cowboys believe in Prescott. They must continue to build around Prescott if they want to be a contender in the NFC. Adding a tight end or receiver in the draft or free agency could pull the squad over the hump. If America’s team lets receiver Cole Beasley walk, the need to help Prescott becomes that much more pressing.

However, the best way to help out Prescott is to replace the offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan. Linehan does not mesh well with Prescott. I am sure Linehan could go somewhere else and do a decent job, but his style does not help this quarterback.

When Prescott is great, he rolls out of the pocket and has receivers scrambling across the field. Some of Prescott’s best plays this season were when the play broke down, and Prescott did some magic.

In the way the league has evolved, Prescott could thrive. Now more than ever, a mobile quarterback can have a long career while still running the football because the defender cannot touch the quarterback. Dallas needs to bring in someone that can groom Prescott into being an elite talent. Prescott has shown the ability to make great plays and put the team on his back in crucial moments.

To have a dominant offense, the question is not “can he play without weapons?”. The question should be “How can we maximize his talents?”. Simple answer: Get rid of Linehan and add more weapons at tight end, receiver, and even the offensive line.

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What is your assessment of Dak Prescott? Do you think he could help take the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl? What can the Cowboys do to get the most out of the quarterback? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.