“Run Forrest, Run!” This is not only one of many quotes from one of my favorite all-time movies, but it’s also something Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott should take to heart and reestablish into his play on game days. Yes, I think Prescott needs to channel his inner Forrest Gump.
When faced by bullies, Jenny Curran (Robin Wright) gave Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) some of the best advice anyone could have given him when they were children, “Just run away Forrest.” Despite his leg braces he listened and it’s something he fell back on when in troubling situations his entire life. You could say he was at his best when he was running. Sound familiar?
I know you’ve probably heard it 1,000 times, but Dak Prescott is without a doubt at his best when he is attacking opposing defenses with his legs as a runner. It’s what made him so great in 2016, but for some reason these past few seasons he hasn’t utilized his greatest strength as much whether it’s by design or choice.
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for that to change. I’m tired of seeing him standing in the pocket waiting and waiting for one of his wide receivers to get open enough for him to feel comfortable throwing them the ball. It’s something that’s really hurting the offense because it’s not only putting them in bad down and distances, but also resulting in turnovers as well.
I know the Dallas Cowboys season looks all but over with considering the caliber of teams still remaining on the schedule and the way they are playing right now, but I’m not one to give up so easily. I still want to see some changes made. As much as I want it to be with the coaching staff, I’ll settle for improving Prescott’s play.
I want to see the Cowboys offense attacking opposing defenses once again. I think they’re playing to passive and the majority of that falls on Dak Prescott’s shoulders. He can try all he wants, but highly doubt he will ever be a very good pocket passer. He needs to revert back to his 2016 form.
I don’t want to see him standing around in the pocket as much anymore. If a WR isn’t open, I want to see him tuck the ball and pick up what he can with his feet. I’d also like to see more run/pass options (RPO’s), zone reads, and designed runs for Prescott. That’s just the kind of QB he is, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I really think if Dak Prescott were able to channel his inner Forrest Gump he would make not only himself that much better, but help carry the team like he did as a rookie. Running worked for Forrest Gump, why wouldn’t it for Prescott?