Chris Simms has delusional take on Dak Prescott-Daniel Jones debate

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Dak Prescott is an extremely polarizing figure among the general media.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has taken a ton of heat for how he performed in the team's playoff loss to the 49ers -- and rightly so -- but the cards were stacked against Prescott the moment Tony Pollard was ruled out for the game.

Essentially, Prescott had to beat the No. 1 defense in the league with CeeDee Lamb and not much else. The 49ers knew this and fixated their coverage on Lamb, forcing Prescott to look the way of Noah Brown, an unhealthy Michael Gallup, Ezekiel Elliott and Dalton Schultz, who shrunk on the big stage.

We're hard-pressed to call 2022 a success for Prescott, but he didn't do anything to harm his standing in the QB rankings, right?

That depends if you're a Cowboys troll, we suppose.

Never one to shy away from scorching takes, NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms unveiled his quarterback rankings for the new season and he somehow has Prescott ranked lower than Giants starter Daniel Jones.

Chris Simms' 2023 QB rankings wildly disrespect Cowboys' Dak Prescott

Simms has Prescott No. 13 on his list, behind Trevor Lawrence (No. 6), Deshaun Watson (No. 9), Matthew Stafford (No. 10), Jones (No. 11) and Kirk Cousins (No. 12). One could make the argument that Dak should rank higher than all five quarterbacks.

So Lawrence catapults to just outside the top five after one season of looking the part of a franchise quarterback? Got it. The Jaguars finished with a 9-8 record in the lowly AFC South and Lawrence accounted for more turnovers than Prescott, but we digress.

Luckily for Watson, name value carried significant weight in Simms' rankings. He was 4-12 in his last full season as a starter in 2020 and threw 7 TDs to 5 interceptions last season while leading the Browns to a 3-3 record.

Stafford would have led the league in INTs had he played the full season. He did so the previous season with 17, though, and was playing the worst football of his career before he underwent season-ending surgery in 2022.

Jones' placement is also indefensible.

For starters, Jones ranked 21st in Simms' rankings last year. Did he do enough to jump 10 (!) spots?Jones had a nice season and parlayed that into a four-year contract that includes $80 million guaranteed, but for Simms to have him ahead of Prescott after his first winning season is a farce.

Jones is still 21-31 as a starter with a career 86.5 passer rating. Prescott is 61-36 with a career 97.8 passer rating, two Pro Bowls and was named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016. He's also 5-1 against Jones in his career.

There's nothing more to say. These rankings are a joke and Simms probably knows it.

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