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Should Cowboys Wait on Making the Offense “Dak-Friendly”?

Entering his third year in the NFL, still needs to prove to a lot of people that he is capable of being the franchise . We have seen the highs, and we have seen the lows, but nobody really knows yet what he is truly capable of.

The Dallas Cowboys of course haven't really done him any favors. Prescott is still pretty much operating the same offensive scheme as did before he was forced into , with the same players. That is why the phrase “Dak-friendly” has been making waves around .

The man himself, Dak Prescott, recently weighed in on what a “Dak-friendly” would look like, which my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin wrote about last week.

I'm not going to sit here and deny that changes to the offense need to be made. But, would it be wise on the Cowboys part to wait until they find out exactly what they're getting from Prescott before making any drastic changes?

Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley
QB Dak Prescott and WR (Tim Heitman- Sports)

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Dak Prescott and believe he can be the Dallas Cowboys franchise QB for years to come. But, I'm seeing a lot of fans who believe the Cowboys should draft another QB and others who believe is better.

Now, even though I've liked what I've seen from Cooper Rush, I don't think he's as good as Prescott. Yes, he looked good in , against scrub players, but Prescott has performed really well against starting defenses around the NFL.

Prescott did struggle in 2017 at times, but that has a lot to do with breakdowns in protection and other contributing factors. The play calling could definitely have been better and his receivers didn't help him out very much either. Hopefully that will change in 2018.

I'm all for bringing in more talent that will help the offense become more “Dak-friendly”. But, if the Dallas Cowboys don't really know exactly what they have in their young QB, then it might be wise to wait until after the .

The moves the Dallas Cowboys make in and through the draft could tell us all we need to know about what the organization believes they have in Dak Prescott. If they bring in players specifically suited to make him more comfortable within the offense, then we are likely looking at the Cowboys franchise QB for years to come.

Do you think the Cowboys should wait on making the offense more “Dak-friendly”?

Brian Martin
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Travis Diggs

Dak friendly???? Was phillys offense “Carson friendly” or was it just good coaching?? Lets stop with this Dak friendly thing, it ultimately comes back to coaching putting players in great situations to win

Brian Martin

The Eagles offense was definitely “Carson friendly”. They brought in free agents to help improve the talent around him and the play calling was suited to maximize his talents. They incorporated a lot of play action, run/pass options (RPOs), and even installed some of the plays he liked from college. So yes, it was both “Carson friendly” and the coaching. It’s what the Cowboys need to do with Prescott.

Jeff Bartlett

Calling it Dak friendly or not is silly. You want to win in 2018, learn from the Eagles. Coach up the team and players with plays that buildbonbtheir strengths. Or just keep being the middle of the road Cowboys…

Funny, there is another article on BR right now about how the eagles coaching tree might change the NFL.

Brian Martin

I don’t know about Eagles coaching tree changing the NFL, but it’s not a surprise to see some of their coaching staff move on to better opportunities. That’s just what happens to Super Bowl winning organizations.

Jorge Sure

BRIAN I give you the reason that the offensive should be friendly with DAK he is still playing with the design of TONY ROMO, I think that they should change the game book and start adapting it to DAK it is illogical to wait a year this would be a retrozeso like the 2017, I think you should start letting go of DEZ, WITTEN, WILLIAMS and bring new receivers that adjust and do chemistry with DAK is where we should learn from the eagles that surrounded CARSON of talent for the ademas as you say adapted the Playbook in the style of your QB franchise

Melvin S Edgmand

Thank you Travis I forget about our big time coach

Nick Russo

I don’t think it’s fair to evaluate dak as a franchise quarterback without trying to make the offense “dak-friendly”. You don’t know his full potential if you don’t give him the chance. I think A LOT of it is play calling. Linehan is so predictable that I sit at home and know that we are going to run on first down and then go to the shotgun on second down. We don’t run any pick or run routes to get guys open and Dez has struggled to get open on his own for the last few years now. In addition to RPOs, Linehan NEEDS to find a way to get switzer and Beasley on the field at the same time. One of them will get open and that is how dak can excel as a passer. Noah brown can block as well as Williams in the run game and doesn’t use his chest to catch balls give him a shot. Add a true #1 and that’s a big improvement to the passing game “woes” we saw last year. The guy had the best rookie season of all time and a slight dip in production amidst tons of adversity and people are ready to get rid of dak? That’s ridiculous.

Brian Martin

I don’t think I could’ve said it any better myself. Thanks for taking the time to comment and voice your opinion.

Tj

Agree %100

Mike C

Greatly said, im just mad they didnt fire garrett or linehan. It doesnt matter the talent on offense they never shake up the lineup. If your a starter you start no matter what they dont shake up the lineup. Mcfadden didnt even get a carry he was on the roster half the yr

Melvin S Edgmand

I like your points but you missed a few factors. first and foremost zeke when zeke is in the offense dak is very good. with him out example this year hs was horrible and should have been pulled in all 6 games for just being a horrible Qb in every game zeke was out he threw less then 200 yards he is not a franchise qb nor will he be one. He has had two years how many years of medicore seasons you want to see well with DAK at Qb get ready for a lot of them

Nick Russo

I won’t dismiss zeke being a factor. He’s a top level RB in the league and there’s no argument there. However, that 3 game stretch that the cowboys went through was not only without zeke but also without a serviceable left tackle with Tyron Smith out. Our receivers struggled to get open all season long (Beasley because he was being doubled) and then when you have a pass rush obliterating your blind side that’s not going to help the passing game. Teams were able to pin their ears back when smith and zeke were out because Linehan didn’t adjust. He refused to change up his scheme and didn’t help dak to get the ball out of his hands quickly. Everyone is quick to say the grass is greener on the other side but I remember the years between Aikman and romo. Quincy Carter, Drew Hensen, Vinnie Testaverde, Chad Hutchinson, and Drew Bledsoe to name a few. Dak is a great leader and he has the skill set. If we had some receivers that could get open and play calling that wasn’t so predictable this wouldn’t be a discussion.

Melvin S Edgmand

Not disputing anything you said your on point as far as our past QBs have been dreadful . Except with Tony sorry big romo fan. And your receivers remarks on point as well and upgrade would be beneficial for dak and that’s maybe where I am use to Roger or Tony always being able to bring the team you’ve been a fan for a long time I can tell but in your head you remember our great QBS and in maybe someways I compare dak to them. Maybe not fairly . But like alll cowboy fans it’s Superbowl or nothing and I hope I am wrong love your comemt’s I don t have a complaint about any of it your on point I just have to disagree about daks ceiling. I hope like hell I am wrong i just really liked coopers preseason games. And in that 6 games where zeke was out an dak struggles I’d like to have seen cooper couple times but thanks for reminding me of the 80s cowboys. It was a dark time haha ill give him alittle while longer to show me thanks again and this is how 2 grown men talk about football without cursing at each other or name calling I respect you and your opinion thanks

Nick Russo

Absolutely, the respect is mutual here. I love having a forum to have these discussions with knowledgeable cowboys fans and I appreciate you not just yelling back because you disagree. I see where you’re coming from in some of your points and I definitely can see some potential in Cooper and I like the thought of a competent backup after years of Matt Cassel, Jon Kitna, and Brandon Weeden. I loved Romo as well and I wish we could have given him even a mediocre defense in his time here (D-ware was always great individually) and I think he could have gotten us to the big one. I just think that Dak has the ability if our coaching staff can use him right.

Ryan

3 pro bowl lineman. A no1 wideout at 28 who should still be in his prime plus 2 veteran receivers in their prime behind him. An elite running back a hall of fame tight end and an offense designed around read options for a running qb. How was this not a dak friendly offense?

Brian Martin

It’s more than just the personnel. Yes, they have talent, but it doesn’t necessarily play to Prescott’s strengths. Prescott needs WRs who can create separation on their own. With the exception of Beasley, the Cowboys don’t really have that. The playcalling also needs to change.

William Pep Hatcher

Beasly had a worse year than Dez. He needs to go.

Ervinlang318

Terrance Williams- ZERO Touchdowns. ZERO.
Witten- Useless except for Blocking or running a 5 yard route when we need 8 yards for First Down
Dez- Slow and every single catch was a 50/50 catch

Cole- Couldnt Get open for some strange Reason
Zeke- Suspension Cloud Hung over the Entire Season

Linnehan – Provided Predictable Offense

William Pep Hatcher

Dak needs a WR and a TE that can stretch the field. Witten is too slow. Dez doesn’t seem to know how to run routes to get separation.

UnaMas60

Prescott is not quick with his reads and struggles in recognition. Giving him more weapons will not be the answer because he will still only get to maybe his second read anyway. That’s why is a better passer when he rolls out – he only has to read half the field. He also doesn’t raise the performance of those around him. Elliott out for six games and we were a .500 team. Eight games of sub 200 yards passing. Four games with less than 10 points.

These was the same receiving group from last year. They can’t have ALL forgot how to run routes or catch the ball all at the same time. More likely the defenses got more creative with a year of film on Prescott. He was unable to decipher the changes. I’ve seen enough of Prescott. Unless the team around him is absolutely stacked he is not that good.

Melvin S Edgmand

Bravo my friend excellent points

Matthew Harrell

Right on. What these Dak apologists fail to see is that he is clearly the problem. They love to blame the Zeke suspension and theTyron Smith injury, the OC Linehan, the recievers, all who were fine when they had an elite passer throwing to them. Zeke is one of the very best running backs there is. Tyron Smith possible the best LT. It is a pathetic argument to excuse Dak’s poor play on not having the leagues best runner or Tackle. No other QB has those guys either. Also we had fine backup running backs and the run game didn’t tank, it held its own. Sure Zeke is dynamic but that is hardly an excuse for a franchise record 10 quarters without a passing touchdown or the worst 3 game stretch in team history pitting up putrid QBR and yardage. No Zeke made him the worst QB we’ve ever had? Look, like I said no one else has Zeke either and neither did Romo. Linehan is taking heat for basic playcalling and yes it was predictable. So he suddenly lost his mind? No, he is calling plays based on what he is working with. Dak can’t handle a full playbook, Linehan is keeping it as basic as he can for his limited QB. Next, receivers statistically looked bad because they have a QB who can’t throw anyone open, takes way too long to make reads, holds the ball too long and refuses to throw more than 20 yards downfield. It’s real and it’s a big problem. Go back and review every pass he threw. Nearly every single game he threw one or no passes complete for more than 30 yards thru the air. I’m not talking about a check down where the receivers got YAC. I mean he doesn’t throw thru the air deeper than 20 yards. The film backs this up. He love the check down, even when it’s a no win. He’ll check down for 1 or 2 yards even if a linebacker or safety is bearing down on the receiver. Also sick of hearing the receivers “aren’t getting seperation.” This is a clown term and it’s not even correct about our receivers. Again, go back and review film, he has wide open receivers nearly every passing play. He doesn’t see them and/or refuses to throw long. An example for the lazy ones who don’t want to review his passes, the pick six he threw trYu g to check down to Zeke even though he was covered—Witten was wide open 20 yards downfield in the middle of the field. Oh yeah, washed up old Witten who “can’t get seperation”. Please. Even old man Witten still gets open. Terrace Williams zero TDs? He is a deep threat big play receiver! Granted a slightly above average one, but that’s his game. Again , he doesn’t have a QB who can or will throw deep. Dez needs a QB who throws the jump ball, he’s the best high point and 50/50 ball receiver there is. Twill needs a guy who throws the deep ball. Dak is too busy checking down to see guys more than 10 yards out. Also the offensive line is still tops. DAK made things worse for himself by not having any pocket prescene. He created many of his own sacks. Watch a good QB. Most good ones take their 3 step drops, sometimes one or two and they fire the ball right away. Of course you have to have timing, accuracy and a knowledge of your playbook to do this, he doesnt. Philip River? Put on a clinic against us on Thanksgiving. Show in what Dak can’t do–throw guys open, throw to a spot. Rivers ate against us by simply throwing to his receIverson covered or not. Just hit the spot. Throw it to where only they can catch it? “Getting seperation”? He didn’t need it. (BTW it is called getting open. Getting seperation is a weasel word) and in conclusion, when a QB is bad, everyone loos bad. People want to blame, literally everyone and everything else but Dakie Pooh when the obvious and logical conclusion is the most important position played poorly makes everything else break down. As a parting case in point, Jimmy Garapolo gets traded to an 0-11 team and wins 5 straight. Think about it. Porridge Dakie pooh and all his little problems didn’t have an 0-11 roster. Jimmy G didn’t care about that. He just went out and played well and turned an 0-11 roster into winners. It’s a fine line that a QB makes the difference with. Unfortunately for me, a die hard bleed silver and blue lifelong fan, now SF has a good one and we don’t. Although Cooper Rush could do the same for us. And as for him playing well against scrubs, please. Don’t forget he was playing WITH scrubs too, Something Dakie Pooh gets a pass for, remember?

Hector Espindola

The play calling needs to change in order to maximize Daks pros, otherwise the coaching staff is not getting the work done, as simple as that (along with the FO, giving him more weapons). Any QB needs this both opportunities before being tagged as franchise QB or a transition QB.

Melvin S Edgmand

Great comments

Melvin S Edgmand

No not just no but hell no.why Iam at it hell no to the Blaine gabbert b.s.. look bottom line is dak is a slight bit better then pre Injury RG3 and that’s it sorry but he has peaked. Not because of last year look at any if his passes since turning pro. If we didn’t have talented receivers his stats would be laughable. and then the zeke factor. dak isn’t that good. Now Cooper rush a bigger stronger more accurate of a QB then dak and can run. Last preseason he destroyed daks stats. Led the NFL. Check it out. And everyone wants to dismiss him in favor for let’s see a drunk trouble maker with a big mouth manzel a QB who was crap his whole career gabbert and why so they pats can take him like they have tried and new England can win 6 more. sports writers should be smarter then this. fans are smart guys why you try to pass this trash article off like were idiots is beyond me. Give us fans more credit or get a new job.

UnaMas60

I watched the second half of last year’s GB game on the NFL channel the other day. Prescott was non-existent. He tried to go deep and under-threw Williams – almost intercepted. He tried to go mid-range and was late with the throw – Bryant had to play DB to prevent INT. He tried to go short and was picked off for a TD. He missed passes left and right.

He’s just not a good QB unless everything is perfect and his receivers are WIDE open.

Mr. Jaguar

No. I think he Cowboys are doing the right thing by moving forward to make Dak more productive in an offensive scheme dedicated to his skill set instead of Romo who is no longer playing. Furthermore, nfl defensive coordinator had caught up to the Romo friendly offense. Despite the fact Romo wasn’t the quarterback, the results would have probably have been the same regardless of Romo experience in the system catered to his skill set, but we’ll never know.

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