3 ways Cowboys’ Dak Prescott can have a bounce-back season in 2023
By Noah Weber
1. Prescott must take care of the football
One of the biggest strengths in Prescott’s game going into last season was that he didn’t throw interceptions. His interception rate in a season never rose above 2% except in the 2018-19 season when it was 2.7%. Last season, it was at a career-high 3.8%.
To give context, his interception rate in his rookie year was 0.9% and was 1.7% in the 2021-22 season. Prescott was over twice as likely to throw an interception last season compared to 2021-22 and was over four times as likely to throw an interception last season compared to his rookie season.
That is inexcusable. Prescott’s inability to take care of the football was arguably Dallas’ biggest problem last season. Scoring points at will is great, but it ultimately means very little when your quarterback is putting the team is unfavorable situations by turning the football over.
Whether he wasn’t reading the defense, forced unnecessary throws or had miscommunication issues with his receivers, a number of Dak’s interceptions came either deep in an opponent’s territory to thwart a promising drive, or deep in Dallas territory to set the opposition up with a short field.
If Prescott can take care of the football this season, Dallas has a chance to make their first Super Bowl since 1996.