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Dak Prescott in at Number 46 on NFL’s Top 100 Behind Jimmy Garoppolo

Lists and are fun. They give us something to talk about and debate. The for 2020 is voted on by the players during the and is generally a reflection of how a player is playing and how much attention they're getting at the time.

It's the ultimate test of subjectivity, as most rankings and lists are, and yet the Top 100 captures our attention every summer just before . Catching out attention late last night on the countdown is where they placed the starting of America's Team!

Coming in at number 46 is your quarterback .

After missing out on the NFL Top 100 in 2019, Dak Prescott makes his triumphant return to the list. At number 46, he's ahead of four quarterbacks at this point. They are , , , and .

The NFL Network has only released the top 60 names to this point, and so far, the only quarterback to rank ahead of Dak Prescott is signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo checks in just three spots ahead of Prescott at number 43.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Dak Prescott made the top 50 of the top 100. He was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in 2019. He finished top 5 in QBR, second in passing yards, and threw for nearly 5,000 yards. What is a surprise is that Prescott is behind Jimmy G.

Garoppolo's presence ahead of Prescott on the list is further evidence that quarterbacks get all the credit for the success, or lack thereof, of their teams. Yes, the San Francisco 49ers went to a , and yes, they were one of the 's best teams in 2019. However, he was the epitome of a bus driver for the 49ers during the .

The only game Garoppolo attempted more than 20 passes was in the Super Bowl. In the , Garoppolo only threw the ball eight times in a 37-20 win over the . In 49ers divisional-round win over the , he only threw the ball 19 times, completing 11 passes for 131 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

In 2019, Jimmy Garoppolo was 19th in pass attempts, throwing 120 fewer passes than Prescott and yet had more interceptions than Dak Prescott. Prescott threw for nearly 1,000 more yards than Garoppolo. The Niners quarterback had 54% of his passing yards come after the catch. Compare that to Prescott, who had just 39% of his passing yards come after the catch.

The NFL is a results-based league, and the 49ers had a better season than the . That much is true. When one team makes it to the Super Bowl, and the other sits at home, it's going to affect the way the players' of those quarterbacks. No position in the NFL gets more credit for a team's success and more blame for a team's failures than the quarterback position.

Jimmy Garoppolo ranked of Dak Prescott on any list is all the evidence you need to know that those voting on the list didn't watch enough of both players. Jimmy Garoppolo is a fine quarterback, but his took the ball out of his hands in the , including the Super Bowl. Dak Prescott hasn't gone as far in the playoffs — cough, team accomplishment, cough — but he's a better player than Jimmy Garoppolo.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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