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Can Jon Kitna Help QB Dak Prescott Reclaim his Rookie Magic?

As a rookie, it looked as if could do no wrong. He was pretty much thrown to the wolves after the back sustained in Week 3 in the against the , but he responded in such a way it was almost as if he had the magic touch. That magic has fizzled a bit since then, but maybe new Quarterback Coach can help Prescott reclaim it once again.

Like it or not, Dak Prescott had a pretty historic first-year in the NFL. It's almost unfathomable to think about what he accomplished, especially for a rookie QB without a lot of time to prepare after Romo's untimely injury. But, he dug deep and ended up having one of the best rookie campaigns for a QB in the of the league.

Many believed Prescott would build on his rookie performance and take the next step in his development in Year 2. Unfortunately, he may have done the opposite and taken a step back in his development. Due to 's on-again off-again battle with Commissioner and the NFL and his eventual six-game , Prescott didn't have the to lean on like he did his rookie year.

To make matters worse, Prescott's blindside protector, , missed several games himself due to a bothersome back injury. The Cowboys had to resort to playing , a name many of us would like to forget, and at in Smith's place. Their poor play was a direct result of Prescott's struggles, which ultimately led him to regress a little as a QB.

Prescott was able to rebound a bit in 2018 though, his third-year in the NFL. He got off to a slow start to start the season last year, but once arrived he settled in a bit and started looking more like his rookie self. But, can he build off that heading into 2019, which just so happens to be a contract year for him?

Well, that's where QB Coach Jon Kitna comes in.

Dak Prescott, Jon Kitna
Dallas Cowboys QB Coach Jon Kitna

Jon Kitna as we all know was a long time back up quarterback and spot starter in the NFL for over a decade. He even spent time with the Dallas Cowboys, where he developed a relationship with . Now he's back in a different role, one that could be detrimental to the Cowboys success this year, but even more so to Dak Prescott's further development.

A lot of you may disagree, but Dak Prescott has the God-given talent to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a . I believe it's just a matter of him raising the level it is game just a little, which is why Jon Kitna was brought in. With a few tweaks here and there, Kitna should be able to help Prescott tap into some of the magic we saw from him as a rookie.

The majority of us know what Prescott needs to improve on. He needs to get through his progressions quicker, something Kitna is supposedly emphasizing and working on Dak. His mechanics from the ground up are another issue that needs some tweaking. These are small things that if improved on, should elevate Prescott's game to the next level.

I don't know where you stand, but I'm oddly optimistic Jon Kitna is exactly what Dak Prescott needs to once again tap into that magic that made him so successful as a rookie. I think we are going to see a much improved QB in 2019, and I think a lot of the credit should go to Kitna.

I might be a little overly optimistic here, but I really like what I'm hearing from Dak Prescott and the bond he's already formed with Jon Kitna. It really sounds as if Kitna understands exactly how to motivate No. 4 and how to get the best out of his QB. Hopefully this just isn't talk and that it actually translates to on-field performance this season.

Do you think Jon Kitna can help Dak Prescott find his magic once again?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Chris MacKay

You use the word detrimental regarding the Cowboys season and Dak’s progression but then state how Kitna can help… I’m confused.

Ben Miller

For Garrett’s sake I hope Kitna can help. Take one look at the pic if them throwing together. Dak has the ball down and parallel to the ground as if he’s winding up to throw a pitch…it’s that elongated motion that got Tebow booted from the NFL to AA baseball!

Emilio Gonzalez

Yes I do think he can help him. Thanks

Ethan Chazin

Brian, not one of your better articles. You say “I think” which implies an assumption that Kitna may help Dak but you fail to provide any tangible “proof” based on Kitna’s work as a coach, what specifically he is doing to help Dak get thru his progressions and fix his occasional broken mechanics.


Detrimental-causing harm. Did you mean Kitna is a problem or are you using too big of a word for your vocabulary?

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