Dak Prescott defenders have nowhere to hide after the QB threw three interceptions in the Dallas Cowboys' 42-10 loss against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 5.
While all three picks came with Dallas trailing big in the second half, Prescott threw caution to the wind and reverted back to the reckless decision-maker fans saw last season, albeit in spurts. Statistically speaking, it was one of the three worst performances of Prescott's career.
The only defense one can have of Prescott is that Mike McCarthy called an awful game offensively. He played right into the 49ers strengths by running a horizontal offense and the lack of pre-snap motion and diverse route trees hindered Dak's ability to sustain long drives.
Again, though, Prescott was extremely poor in the game. And some folks, like former 49ers safety Donte Whiter only see one side of the argument.
After the game, Whitner took a page out of LeSean McCoy's playbook (probably not the analyst Whitner wants to be compared to) and said flat-out that Prescott "sucks" and that the 49ers made him look like a tier-four QB.
Never forget when a rookie Cowboys QB Dak Prescott owned hater Donte Whitner in 2016.
That sounded personal from Whitner, no? Which is odd because his last season in the NFL was Prescott's rookie year in 2016. Then a safety for Washington, Whitner got a front-row seat to the Prescott show when he led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record while throwing for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns to four picks
Dallas and Washington met head-to-head in Week 12 of that season. On a Prescott read option, Whitner had a chance to bring down the tier-four QB. The only problem? He was no match for a barrage of Dak stiff arms and No. 4 picked up an additional eight yards. All Whitner could do was guide Prescott out of bounds.
Maybe Whitner hasn't let this play go and is still salty? Regardless, this highlight casts a different light on his criticism of Prescott.
Speaking of which, this new trend of former players going after current players is pathetic.
Just last week, NBC analyst Rodney Harrison baited Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones into eviscerating Jets QB Zach Wilson. Mind you, Wilson was coming off a career performance having outplayed Patrick Mahomes in primetime. Jones made Harrison look foolish by defending Wilson and Harrison's comments actually sparked a groundswell of support for the third-year quarterback.
Harrison's comments were out of line and unprofessional, much like Whitner's blunt assessment of Prescott. Former players are hired as analysts because they can bring a unique perspective to discussion tables, whether it be breaking down film or simply getting into the mind of a current player.
Hot takes are sadly rewarded in today's day and age, and Whitner, Harrison, McCoy and Bart Scott, among others, are clearly more interested in building their brand as analysts instead of providing worthwhile insight.
Not that Whitner's analysis held any merit to begin with, but a rookie Prescott owning the former 49ers star should diminish what he had to say about the QB.