Dan Orlovsky shows anti-Dak Prescott bias with skewed shot at Cowboys QB

Jan 22, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up
Jan 22, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone else old enough to remember when ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky proudly proclaimed Carson Wentz was a better quarterback than Dak Prescott? That opinion has been proven dead-wrong for years, as Wentz days as a starter appear to be over, while the Dallas Cowboys' QB1 is poised to ink a contract extension this offseason.

Of course, Prescott is coming off arguably the worst season of his career in 2022. While 2018 pre-Amari Cooper trade was perhaps Prescott's worst stretch as a starter, the two-time Pro Bowler was uncharacteristically careless with the football last season and it hurt the Cowboys.

Prescott had a chance to nix the interception narrative in the playoffs. After a four-touchdown showing on Wild Card Weekend, Dak stooped below expectations against the 49ers and threw two costly interceptions.

The expectation is Prescott will take better care of the pigskin next year and flourish with Brandin Cooks teamming up with CeeDee Lamb.

Most of the Dak slander since the offseason started has come from rival fans. He doesn't quite fall under that category, but Orlovsky showed his clear anti-Prescott bias by sharing what he deems a "shocking stat" to Twitter.

Dan Orlovsky throws shade at Cowboys' Dak Prescott on Twitter

No Cowboys fan would deny that Prescott needs to cut down on the interceptions. While a handful of his league-leading 15 picks weren't his fault, his decision-making and reading of defenses were nowhere near up to snuff. He threw costly picks both deep inside Dallas' territory to set opponents up with a short field or deep in an opposing team's territory that derailed promising drives.

That said, Orlovsky conveniently left out the fact that Josh Allen, who's widely considered a top-five quarterback in the game, has just has many interceptions (29) in his last 33 regular season starts. Prescott has thrown 69 touchdowns in that span, while Allen has thrown 71 touchdowns.

What if we told you that Prescott's 2.0% interception rate is eighth among active QBs? It admittedly jumped from 1.7% before last season (which would've been third), but Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson are the only full-time starters with a lower INT rate than Dak.

Jacoby Brissett (1.5%) and Tyrod Taylor (1.7%) are the other QBs.

Let's compare some of the league's top QB's stats over their last 33 games.

  • Prescott: 69 touchdowns and 29 interceptions 
  • Josh Allen: 71 touchdowns and 29 interceptions 
  • Joe Burrow: 67 touchdowns and 24 interceptions 
  • Lamar Jackson: 47 touchdowns and 27 interceptions 
  • Trevor Lawrence: 35 touchdowns and 27 interceptions 
  • Matthew Stafford: 64 touchdowns and 29 interceptions 
  • Kyler Murray: 47 touchdowns and 23 interceptions

Do we need to say anything else? For whatever reason, Orlovsky has long pushed an anti-Prescott narrative on ESPN's platforms.

The premise of his tweet makes sense in that the QB needs to cut down on turnovers, but five minutes of research is all it would have taken for Orlovsky to realize Prescott's numbers stack up just fine with the gunslingers he's regularly grouped with.

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