Dak In Time: Cowboys Need Prescott to Return to Rookie Form

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” This well-known quote taken out of a Sir Walter Scott poem continues to pop into my head when I watch Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott play. As a rookie he was sensational, but things have unfortunately gone down hill since that magical season.

I don't believe Dak Prescott has intentionally tried to deceive us, but that quote continues to pop into my head for some reason. We have built up the expectations for this young QB only to feel like the rug has been pulled out from underneath our feet. Something needs to change and quickly!

I don't know about you, but I'm hoping the Dallas Cowboys are able to find a way to return Dak Prescott to his rookie form. They have kind of gotten away from how they utilized him as a rookie, but I believe it's time sit down and figure out exactly what's working and what's not.

One thing I would like to see more of is the Cowboys using Dak Prescott on those zone reads and run/pass options (RPOs) that worked so well for them back in 2016. With Prescott's mobility and running the ball, it puts a tremendous strain on opposing defenses to try to stop both of them. But, we are not seeing much of that anymore. Why?

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott

It may just be me, but it looks like the Cowboys is trying to turn Prescott into something he's not, a pocket QB. He is at his best and most accurate when he is on the move throwing the ball outside of the pocket. It's nothing to be ashamed of, QB is the same way and he is successful.

We also saw the Cowboys staff move the pocket more for Prescott his rookie year. Like I mentioned previously, he is at his best when he is on the move. I would like to see more bootlegs, play action, and designed rollouts from here on out and less standing in the pocket.

Moving the pocket actually accomplishes more than just getting Prescott on the move. It also simplifies his reads in the . Rolling out one way or the other pretty much cuts the field in half, meaning he can get through his progressions quicker. I think one of the reasons he holds the ball so long here recently is because it takes him a while to get through those progressions.

Sounds simple enough, right? Use Prescott's mobility, more zone reads/RPO's, move the pocket, and simplify his reads in the passing game. BOOM! Dak is back! Well… Maybe.

I really think it all comes down to building up Dak Prescott's confidence once again. After what he endured last season, I think it's safe to say his confidence is a little rattled. I believe these little fixes would go a long way in getting him back to his rookie form. Hopefully, the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff agrees.

Do you think Dak Prescott can return to his rookie form?


Written by 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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Hector Espindola

As a start, Dak needs a new QB coach. The inexperienced Moore can´t give Dak any advice on game time, so our QB is going nowhere and even his mechanics are regressing. Add to that the OL problems, the time needed to find his wingman at the WRs corps and a playbook that does not ease his work (with a “loaded box” as an example) and then you have the first man down, who happens to be your most important player at offense. Right now Dak is afraid to throw deep balls or in traffic. Confidence will be the consecuense of fixing all these problems, but let´s give the man a new QB coach, so Dak will be able to face these realities that can be a common place the whole season!!

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