The relative value of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is a topic for constant conversation. It is a matter of obsession for Cowboys fans and NFL fans across the nation.
Differing opinions over athletes are the stuff of everyday life, but the intensity of the arguments over Prescott is difficult to explain. The range of perspectives concerning the signal-caller includes everything from “he’s a bum” to”I wouldn’t trade him for three first-round draft picks.”
Is there a way to explain such a deep divide? Is there more here than meets the eye? Here are some reasons why I believe that the fanbase doesn’t always see eye-to-eye on a player that is demonstrably among the best in football.
Tony Romo Fans
It is very difficult for fans to see a favorite player replaced. No Cowboys fan needs a review of how former quarterback Tony Romo’s playing career ended. In truth, Prescott shouldn’t be blamed for replacing the injured Romo and winning over the organization, but some can’t get over it.
Draft Pick Pedigree
Some simply can’t believe that a fourth-round draft pick could now be among the elite of the NFL at his position. He is, but some Big D fans choose to believe that any success Prescott has should be assigned to other players, or game circumstances (garbage time stats).
The Eye Test
This one always causes me to smile. Prescott does not look like your average quarterback. He’s built more like a linebacker. The result is that the average armchair evaluator finds it difficult when comparing what Prescott does with what they are accustomed to seeing. Statistically, the case is clear, Dak is among the best.
Let’s face it, it’s hard for people to admit that they are wrong. So many have already been so public in their criticisms of Prescott that the desire to be proven right is now wrapped up in their ongoing opinions of his value.
The Company Line
The Dallas front office has done a wonderful job (utilizing the media) of selling their salary cap space narrative to many fans. The cap is real, but the organization can pay its most important player and teams become creative to do that regularly.
My own perspective is that the Dallas Cowboys have a top-tier franchise quarterback in Dak Prescott. He’s one of the rare ones. It’s time for the fans to recognize this, and for the team’s ownership to immediately wrap up his services with a long-term contract.