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Dak Prescott Weighs in on Cowboys “Dak Friendly” Offense

Welcome to the 2018 NFL . Assuming you're a Cowboys fan, get used to hearing the following phrases at a tireless rate:

These two takes on the can coexist, as the biggest key to the Eagles' turnaround from 7-9 to Super Bowl champions was their ability to surround second-year with the necessary talent to succeed.

Acquisitions like Alshon Jeffery and proved enough for backup QB to ultimately carry this team to their first Lombardi trophy.

Dak Prescott Weighs in on Cowboys "Dak-Friendly" Offense 1
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Hoping to make a similar turnaround from 9-7, the Cowboys' task at hand this offseason is to similarly infuse fresh talent into an offense that went stale with at the helm in year two. Returning Left and to the lineup on a regular basis is certainly a great starting point.

Entering a pivotal third year as the Cowboys' starter, Prescott himself has weighed in on what this notion of a “Dak friendly” offense may look like on the field in 2018.

“…if you watch a little bit of maybe what the Panthers are doing or what the Chiefs did, just the RPOs, the run-pass options, just allowing me to use my feet if necessary more” – Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

Dak later added that feeling “more comfortable” would be an overall improvement to strive for next season, which is spot on.

Surviving the Cowboys' horrific lack of continuity — and often-times talent — on offense in 2017, Prescott was visibly uncomfortable as a passer far more times than he was in 2016 as just a rookie. Hearing Prescott specifically mention the and as offenses to emulate is certainly noteworthy too.

In total offense per game, the Cowboys ranked 14th this season at 331.9 yards — five spots ahead of the Panthers (323.7). The Chiefs reached the top five in this category before trading to the this offseason, averaging 375.4 yards a game.

The common theme throughout these teams is the simplicity they allow their quarterbacks to play with, scheming receivers open, utilizing backs to create mismatches both on the ground and through the air, and running their mobile QBs when needed.

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Dallas Cowboys HC , OC , QB Dak Prescott (Matthew Emmons- Sports)

Beginning this 2018 Cowboys offseason by claiming the Cowboys offense needs to actually be more simplistic is sure to send into a frenzy. Scott Linehan, who will work alongside plenty of new position coaches in 2018, has been heavily criticized for the predictable nature of his offense. Predictable and simplistic are two drastically different terms when considering the nuances of the fast-paced, spread offenses that have taken over the NFL.

It's QB friendly systems like these that produced , Alex Smith, and Dak Prescott.

A simple RPO design that Prescott has run since his days at Mississippi State may be predictable for opposing defenses to an extent, but stopping Prescott from either handing the ball to Zeke Elliott or carrying it himself behind this dominant in Dallas is much harder.

The Dallas Cowboys' Dak friendly offense may not feature many new starters in 2018. Instead, it will be up to this to better identify the strengths of this unit and play to them — something the Panthers and Chiefs did exceptionally well all season long.

When Dak Prescott himself speaks to his strengths as a fourth-round draft pick turned franchise quarterback, facing the pressure of putting his team back in the as a third-year starter, you can only hope that the Dallas Cowboys take notice.

Sean Martin
Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Travis Diggs

I don’t really understand this term “Dak Friendly” its kinda becoming dumb at this point. Was the eagles offense “Carson Friendly” or was it just good coaching, great personnel decisions, and good ownership?? In game coaching decisions was the difference between the offenses. Stop with this dak friendly thing its the coaching issues

Homer Price

The Cowboys organization does not want to admit they way over-rated 4th round draft pick Dak Prescott. Sure!!! He’s a franchise quarterback but I wouldn’t bet my job on it.! Bye Jason! Bye Dak!

John Williams

I get the idea. I think the offense is “Dak Friendly.” They have an excellent running game. Where they need to improve is in helping their WRs get separation a bit quicker after the snap. Dak had to hold the ball a bit too much or throw into tighter windows in 2017 vs 2016 and there wasn’t as much YAC.

I don’t really want to see them move to a Carolina style of offense, because I already think Dak is taking too many hits. Every time they ran that option play I cringed. No sense in putting your franchise QB on an island, because during the option the Defense is going to hit him.

Now if they want to run more RPO that’s fine. I think what will really help him is having Zeke for 16 games and instead of going empty so much, have Zeke in the backfield and allow him to flare out as a checkdown option. Get Switzer in the game more in 4 wide receiver sets and run more quick hitters with Dez.

Hopefully Dez can remember how to catch a football in 2018.

Mr. Jaguar

IMHO, I think, this type of offensive concepts into the Cowboys playbook, will make Dak Attack friendly offense ,much more dangerous and explosive ,because of the unpredictability.

In addition, Dak will be more comfortable , like Nick Foles was in Super Bowl 52.

The college football spread offense concepts, is becoming more of the norm, in the NFL, because the way the offense is scheme of putting pressure on the front seven of the defense to reactive, instead of proactive when defending this type of offense.

If Dak, is comfortable, then he will be more successful running the offense of the 21st Century, which will be to accommodate Dak’s strength, instead of running the Romo friendly offense , and becoming frustrated and not successful at all.

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