There never seems to be a dull moment for the Dallas Cowboys, even during a winning season. Even with a 9-4 record, there are always headlines following America’s Team. More often than not they follow the big names as well. This instance is no different. On Tuesday, Cowboys’ general manager Jerry Jones spoke to local Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan about his quarterback Dak Prescott.
Although Prescott started the season as a potential MVP candidate, he has two, multiple interception games in his last four games. Jones admitted that he, along with the majority of Cowboys fans, thinks that Prescott may be going through a bit of a slump as of late.
Is Dak Prescott really in a slump? Cowboys owner Jerry Jones weighed in on Tuesday.
As I posted in a previous article, there are trends pointing to Prescott slumping. He has put up lower numbers across multiple statistical categories, and he has uncharacteristically turned the ball over more than normal. Fans across social media have been discussing a slump, and now, we hear Mr. Jones weighing in about it on his weekly radio appearance.
I think most would agree Prescott is playing below what we are all used to seeing. Now, you also have to remember that there are injuries to both running backs (Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard), a lack of continuity with all three starting receivers sparingly being healthy at the same time, and some offensive line shuffling. I have to think Jones is eluding to those circumstances in calling it a “multifaceted evaluation.”
Still, Prescott has put himself in the quarterback category where he is expected to overcome those issues. The headlines make it appear that Jones simply said Prescott is in a slump. I get it. Jones isn’t just a regular owner or general manager. He is a pillar in the NFL and constantly gets media attention.
I think what really matters about this situation is what Jones says in the second part of the quote. Jones realizes that the slump has a multitude of factors playing into it and knows it isn’t solely Dak’s issue. Jones even gives reassurances to fans and his quarterback. Jones cleared up any conspiracies that Prescott is nursing any sort of injury while also providing some confidence that he will turn it around and get back to the level of play the Cowboys and their fans are used to.
The full quote says much more than the headlines say. The Cowboys owner could not be any more clear in backing Prescott with that testament to his work ethic, hunger to succeed, and desire to win. I think Jerry is right, too. I discussed the minuscule sample size of Prescott’s career that this slump equates to, and there are no signs giving us reason to believe he won’t fix things.
Cowboys fans know Jones loves to talk about his team and make headlines. So, it’s no surprise he came out and said this. But, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Jerry turned around and met with Prescott behind closed doors letting him know he has all the confidence in the world in him.
Just another day in paradise, they say. Or just another day following the Cowboys in the media. Maybe it’s both? Either way, the Cowboys will have some time to figure out their slumping offense. The Cowboys travel to take on the 4-9 New York Giants this Sunday in a game that could serve as a chance to all but clinch the division and get the offense back on track.