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Dak Prescott Ranked as Third Least Consistent QB in NFL

Last season could've gone a lot better for . After a remarkable rookie season, he wasn't able to meet the very high expectations put on him after leading the to the #1 seed in the in 2016.

Inevitably, the “sophomore slump” managed to get to Dak, even though the numbers make it seem worse than it really was. From his 13 interceptions in 2017, not even half can be completely blamed on him. However, even though he made improvements in his game, it's fair to admit that there was indeed, a slump in his second year in the NFL.

Earlier this week, NFL.com published an article listing the most and the least consistent quarterbacks in the league last season. The way the list works is measuring “their average 2017 swing in week-to-week .” In the list, Dak Prescott is listed as the third least consistent QB in the league, with only and Derek Carr behind him.

Just like the Dallas Cowboys' had a roller coaster for a season, constantly shifting between winning and losing, Dak Prescott also struggled at remaining consistent. It makes a ton of sense, of course, for the Cowboys' 9-7 season had a lot of swings throughout the year.

Dak Prescott
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Ashley Landis / The )

At times, the team was missing its most important defender in . At others, and/or weren't on the field either. This is not an attempt to excuse Dak, for he is partly at fault here, as is the entire team.

From week 10 to 12, Dak failed to throw for a touchdown but ended up throwing five interceptions. Later in the season, failing once again to get a TD pass in two straight weeks, he threw for two interceptions at Oakland then another two when hosting the Seahawks in Dallas.

In a season that will likely determine his future with the Dallas Cowboys, Dak needs to find a way to be more consistent week after week regardless of circumstance. Hopefully, with an improved and with Ezekiel Elliott leaving every drama behind him, his will put him in position to have his best year yet.

In 2016 and in 2017, his Total Rating has been in the top 4 among all quarterbacks, per . Now, this is not a stat that tells the whole story, but it does give you an idea of each quarterback's play. In a run-first offense and with a safe passer like Dak, I'm sure consistency will not be hard to deal with for the young QB next season.

As long as he takes advantage of the new set of targets he'll have at his disposal and his offense's powerful with recently-signed draftee , this offense will look a lot more like the one we saw in 2016.

We know Dak Prescott has a lot to prove. He has to make longer throws, throw more aggressively to get his receivers open, and more. But consistency is just as important. In order to be continuously successful and to be a contender year after year, you need that in your signal-caller. Even if key players on the team are down, he needs to be able to shine. It's a sixteen-game season, after all.

It's time for Dak to prove he can handle that.

Mauricio Rodriguez
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Steve

IMO Dak will come back with a vengeance in 2018 and make all those haters/doubters look foolish. He did however have to take accountability on his poor decision making/play last season! He had a lot more going on than just him making bonehead moves, with T. Smith and Zeke missing for several games and a LG that will have to give his starting job up to a rookie this year( if that tells ya anything) made a difficult year even more difficult! Yes those are the times that Dak will have to put the entire offense on his shoulders and move forward and make plays but that what learning is all about and I’m positive that he will come thru this year and with the help of our Defense getting more experienced/better, IMO Big D will compete with the Eagles and make a playoff run….

Matt

Please, Dak prove me wrong. Make me look foolish. I would love it. But so far he has proven me right. I’ve been saying since his steady decline at the end of the “greatest rookie season ever” (give me a break) The 2017 numbers actually look good compared to the tape and the results. He was awful. And don’t give me all the excuses; who was hurt, who was suspended; don’t care, not an excuse. I’ll be pleasantly shocked if he and this horrible collection of no-threat receivers along with his woefully inaccurate and his no-deep noodle arm can do any damage.

Fighter15

Giving any credance to this incredibly poor correlation and statistically meaningless measure of a QB. It’s as relevant as total yards.

And to dismiss the absence of Tyron and Elliott as only peripherally important, plus omission of LG substandard play is not objective.

The first eight games were actually better, statistically and in the opinion of pundits, for Dak. It was actually quite impressive that Dak & Co were able to win a few after severe growing pains, though they hardly had a good performance.

No. Dak has nothing to prove. It should be noted that years 3-4 are usually the most important and best indication of whether or not a player can be great. See Landry/Parcells maxim for players evaluation.

Rather than give any credance to the money ball analytic society that has yet to get a single statistically significant or accurate predictor for football success (because it can’t be done), give some opinions about how and what Dak needs to improve and maybe why or why not will he succeed?

Sexcdex Xfact

A tremendous YESSSSSS

Sexcdex Xfact

Although that analogy may prove accurate that from “week to week” Dak was 3rd least consistent
However
Later the same day PFF stats show this very same Dak as the #1 QB,
(of ALL the current NFL Qb’s),
#1 in best QB under duress if the blitz

So although he was an inconsistent QB week in & week out
He’s the best QB being blitzed
#1 !!!
The guys 22-10 in his 32 regular season starts & over half NFL starters who have lesser impressive stats should be in question moreso than him
We cannot shine negative light on Prescott without shaming all the others franchise Qb’s with lesser stats than his

I rest my case,,,, ,for now anyway

Dr Freedom

A Cowboys fan for over 40 years. Dak is absolutely crap. IF you give him a great line, he’s ok. IF you give him an NFL leading running back, he’s average. Now he should have had at least another dozen interceptions, but they were overturned on penalties, Dez slapped them down, or Witten did. I know you want to believe in him. He got into a simple target game with Carr at the Super Bowl and was blown away, he got two. His excuse, Its been a long day. This is a child’s game at the NFL experience. This year will only be saved by the running game, and teams will learn, stack the box, Dak can’t throw downfield.

Fighter15

Hard to believe that you are 40 years old. Either your family tree doesn’t fork or you simply don’t have a clue.

Staubach and Aikman both had the best OLines in their times, best RBs, and far greater talent at WR. Oh, and great Defenses to boot.

Dak’s first 24 games are among the best in history. Going 4-4 after without LT,LG, WR1 injured and catching less than 50%, and the 28th ranked pass defense is quite an accomplishment in itself.

Does he have a cannon? No. But he’s just reaching the point where QBs actually start to play to their potential. Is he a great fantasy QB? Of course not. But neither was Aikman or Montana. Romo and Danny White were far better numbers guys. I’ll take Dak at this point

As Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln have said, “It’s better to be silent and thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt “

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