The Cowboys need to come to grips with the fact that Dak Prescott just isn’t that dude


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Oops, Dak did it again. He played with your heart and Dallas lost the game. Shocking.

Just as a lousy portrayal of Britney Spears gets stuck in your head over and over again, so is life for fans of Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. Another fluff performance against a team that should beat the Cowboys in their sleep results in a 40-34 overtime loss for Jacksonville. Honestly, something needs to be said out loud, and it hurts when you hear it. Dak isn’t the quarterback to get the Cowboys over the hump. He never was and never will be.

It’s not just the loss to Jacksonville on Sunday, but Prescott’s total package. He’s like a streaky shooter in the NBA. When the former fourth-round pick is on, things look great, and he fools you by thinking he’s a top-10 QB. But it can look downright pathetic if he doesn’t have it going. Since week 10, Prescott has been like a rollercoaster the way he plays. In that six-game span, he has thrown at least one interception in five games. And he’s thrown two picks in four of the six.

Maybe it’s the thumb injury that still persists, or it could be a terrible decision making. Anyway, this is what one expects from Dak and the Cowboys. They build up your hopes, and at the worst possible moment they collapse and everything collapses. That’s exactly what happens, but nobody wants to admit it because this is “America’s Team”.

One of the best recent examples of this in a big game situation happened less than a year ago during the NFC Wildcard game in Dallas vs. San Francisco. With 14 seconds left in regulation, six points behind with no timeouts, Prescott ran into a midfield QB draw. If you’re down three or less, this could be a good call, but without timeouts, it’s still a significant risk. Of course, time ran out before they could get to the line to jab the ball.

Awareness is an important attribute for QBs; sometimes Prescott doesn’t seem to exist. Even looking at the game against the Jaguars, the pass to Noah Brown, which then ended in a game-winning pick six for the Jags, wasn’t a great pitch. Dallas ran a rub route play to get Brown open by running his defender into another Cowboys wide receiver, but Prescott appeared to place the pass on Brown’s back hip instead of in front, making for an easier reception .

You could argue that Brown should catch that one way or another, and that’s true, but sometimes the decision not to make the pass is a good one. A better play call could have worked, which isn’t Prescott’s fault, but at this point he should know when to be heard from plays, and that was a time he should have had. Watching the play, it seemed like Prescott went to Brown regardless of the coverage or circumstance.

The conclusion is Prescott doesn’t have that “it” factor. Seven years later, and he is who he is, and Dallas is stuck with this huge contract and a divisional round playoff cap. It’s rare for an NFL QB to turn things around so drastically from being above average to suddenly jumping to the top of the league and becoming an MVP-caliber player. Rich Gannon did it during his time between Kansas City and Oakland in the late 1990s to early 2000s. Other than that, not much has happened.

Dak is one of those players who will play well and sometimes even great, but in the end when all the chips are pushed to the center of the table and everything is on the line, he will disappoint you. That’s been the story of the Cowboys for nearly three decades. Close but no cigar.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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