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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from NFL.com, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

Tell me what you think about "Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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16 Comments
  • Arnold Sewell

    The problem is the people calling the plays with receivers that has no separation speed at all. I hope they learned something from the play calling from Eagles in the Superbowl, play calls to win the game not play it safe.

  • dallas1966

    I think Dak will bounce back , because of his work ethic, which according to Cowboys organization , quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, is off the chains.

    With that type of mental toughness , it’s Sky’s the Limit, for Dak

  • Matthew Harrell

    Where do I start…an old saying goes “figures never lie but liars always figure.” This old saying is talks about how stats and figures can be made to say whatever you want them to.The referenced accuracy stat is some bad smelling bull corn. As a fan who watches every single snap of every game (and if you’re not too lazy, go back and watch every throw Dakie pooh made) I can tell you and back up with tape, he didn’t find many windows. Most times he couldn’t find a barn–not even the broad side of one. This stat, like his completion percentage, is inflated by his maddening propensity to check down. Worse yet, he’ll even check down to a running back in the flat or a couple yards out even when they’re nearly covered! Also the defenders on check down tend to be the outside linebacker who is less effective at pass defense than a DB downfield. Also a linebacker is more than happy to let you take that none yard pass or 2-3 yard pass right before he cleans your clock. Go study some film, you’ll see it. So, with so many check downs and even with blanketed RBs, this could inflate the silly one-yard-covered-accuracy stat. Cuz it damn sure isn’t his 20 plus yard throws…and any throw beyond 30 yards is once a game or none. Multie times in 2017 Dak would have zero attempted passes of at leadt 30 yards through the air. Ridiculous. People love to point out his yards per attempt and how they are close to the top QBs. That stst is also inflated by Zeke or Beasley taking his little dink and dunks to the house. If you check average yards threw the air per pass attemot it is pitiful. This matters because defenses know he wont every throw deeper thsn 20 yards. He shrinks the field so much thst they can stack the box and load up close, giving them the ability to stop the run and still guard against his dink passes. Pathetic. A QB has to be able to throw the deep ball and has to at least try it once in awhile! So factor that in with the average yard per throw and as a dink-and-dunker his accuracy stats don’t mean jack. His 10 consecutive quarters without a TD matter, though. His league leading pick sixes sure matter. His 13 picks to a paltry 23 TDs matter more than an obscure accuracy stat. Tell me again why this guy has “earned” a bad year and should be given a break? How many playoff wins in 2 seasons? Tell me again why we shouldn’t at keast kick the tires on Cooper Rush? Oh, because he won Rookie of the year? Same year Garrett won coach of the year and Jerry Jones was Executive of the year. So Garrett shouldnt be on the hot seat and Jerry is a great GM….right?

    • Tanya
    • Larry Murray

      You obviously don’t know a lot about football

    • Larry Murray

      9 of 13 interceptions were in Dez hands. Just go away.

  • Tanya

    Dak is very accurate with passes thrown 20+ yards past the line of scrimmage and has been since 2016. Don’t believe me? Google it.

  • Matthew Harrell

    Where do I start…an old saying goes “figures never lie but liars always figure.” This old saying is talking about how stats and figures can be made to say whatever you want them to. The referenced accuracy stat is some bad smelling bull corn. As a fan who watches every single snap of every game (and if you’re not too lazy, go back and watch every throw Dakie pooh made) I can tell you and back up with tape, he didn’t find many windows. Most times he couldn’t find a barn–not even the broad side of one. This stat, like his completion percentage, is inflated by his maddening propensity to check down. Worse yet, he’ll even check down to a running back in the flat or a couple yards out even when they’re nearly covered! Also the defenders on check down tend to be the outside linebacker who is less effective at pass defense than a DB downfield. Also a linebacker is more than happy to let you take that none yard pass or 2-3 yard pass right before he cleans your clock. Go study some film, you’ll see it. With so many check downs and even with blanketed RBs, this could inflate the silly one-yard-covered-accuracy stat. Cuz it sure isn’t his 20 plus yard throws…and any throw beyond 30 yards is once a game or none. He almost NEVER puts it in the air deeper than 30 yards. Ridiculous. People love to point out his yards per attempt and how they are close to the top QBs. That stat is also inflated by Zeke or Beasley taking his little dink and dunks to the house. If you check average yards threw the air per pass attempt it is pitiful. This matters because defenses know he won’t ever throw deeper thsn 20 yards. He shrinks the field so much that they can stack the box and load up close, giving them the ability to stop the run and still guard against his dink passes. Pathetic. A QB has to be able to throw the deep ball and has to at least try it once in awhile! So factor that in with the average yard per throw and as a dink-and-dunker his accuracy stats don’t mean jack. His 10 consecutive quarters without a TD matter, though. His league leading pick 6’s sure matter. His 13 picks to a paltry 23 TDs matter more than an obscure accuracy stat. Tell me again why this guy has “earned” a bad year and should be given a break? How many playoff wins in 2 seasons? Tell me again why we shouldn’t at keast kick the tires on Cooper Rush? Oh, because he won Rookie of the year? Same year Garrett won coach of the year and Jerry Jones was Executive of the year. So Garrett shouldnt be on the hot seat and Jerry is a great GM….right?

    • Larry Murray

      Dude first of all check the stats Dak is ranked 4th in attempts into tight windows. I watched every game. nearly half of Daks interceptions were tipped off the hands of receivers. Dez himself dropped a ridiculous amount of passes. I’m not saying Dak has nothing to work on, but the whole offense has a lot to work on. Dez, many times, was beat and went the wrong way on breakdowns.

    • Tanya
  • Russ_Te

    If Dak has 4 seconds to throw and somebody winning on their route, and he can’t hit that play, that’s when Dak will be the problem. All too often he had neither of those last year.

    2018 could be a crossroads year for whether Dak will become elite or average as an NFL QB. The Cowboys – unless they want more years like 2001-2006 – must upgrade both aspects above, and then Linehan has to demonstrate that he knows how to properly press the buttons on this offense.

    You’ve got to have a solution when Tyron Smith goes out, and you’ve got to get a 4.2 style receiver who forces the FS to stay deep. That will fix most of it.

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Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their most impressive win of the season, keeping playoff hopes alive on the road with a 27-20 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the hostile home of the defending Super Bowl champions with three previous road losses already on their record, the Cowboys performance on Sunday night was truly about getting back to their roots. In their second week with Marc Colombo as the Offensive Line Coach, the Cowboys rushed for 171 yards and protected Dak Prescott very well. It was revealed after the game that Frederick was on a coaches headset with Colombo and his new assistant Hudson Houck.

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Travis Frederick just told @BenRogers on @1053thefan that Marc Columbo has him on a coaches headset now helping him and Hudson Houck. That's a smart move from Columbo. Smartest guy on the line

The anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since being drafted in 2013, Frederick is regarded as the smartest linemen on the team. It's his mental edge that's made up for a slight lack of size at the position, regarded as one of the worst first round picks in his draft because of this oversight.

Not only is Frederick a welcome addition to the Cowboys brain trust at offensive line, but he did receive some great news on his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that's kept him out this season. Frederick was placed on injured reserve on October 6th, announcing publicly his GBS diagnosis on August 22nd.

Frederick has a long way to go before he's playing football again, not eligible to do so until week 14 at home against the Eagles. Regaining feeling in his hands is about the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee getting as healthy as possible away from football. If a return to the Cowboys is possible through his recovery, the team would of course welcome Frederick.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Travis Frederick regains sensation in his hands: "There is some light at the end of the tunnel" https://t.co/wvQhB6KUQp

What Frederick has gained in upper body strength, he must remain patient for in the lower body. While pointing out that over 95% of patients make a full recovery from GBS, Frederick is still waiting to feel sensations in his feet.

The Cowboys have been optimistic that Frederick's condition was caught early enough for a full recovery to be probable.

Dallas' schedule doesn't get any easier following their uplifting win. Returning to the site of last year's demoralizing loss at the Falcons, Frederick likely wishes he could make a miraculous return just a bit more this week.

To make matters worse, Left Tackle Tyron Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms. It's unknown if rookie Connor Williams will reclaim his starting left guard spot on Sunday, or if Xavier Su'a-Filo has earned another opportunity.

Despite the patchwork nature of a Cowboys offensive line once regarded as the best in the league, and still vital to the entire team's success, Dallas has an abundance of hope that Sunday in Atlanta can be much better than 2017. This starts with Frederick's strength to fight GBS and attempt to rejoin his teammates, wisely given some added game day influence on them by Colombo.

If elevating their level of play up front was all it took for the Cowboys to play up to their potential and pull off an upset on prime time last week, the NFC East is certainly still within reach for a team that must now sustain the level of play on offense to match what this defense has given all season.

Tell us what you think about "Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys LB Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week Against Eagles

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Leighton Vander Esch
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You already knew that Leighton Vander Esch, the Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker, had a great night last Sunday in Philadelphia. Apparently the rest of the football world agreed, and now he's been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The award is the first of what could be many for Leighton, who has emerged as a defensive leader for the Cowboys. He's been playing more in the absence of veteran Sean Lee, who has been battling hamstring issues all season.

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THE. WOLF. HUNTER. Congratulations to #DallasCowboys rookie LB @VanderEsch38 on being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week! → https://t.co/XeSTt2tIpX

This is the second Player of the Week award for a Dallas Cowboys this season. Kicker Brett Maher won the Special Teams version in Week 4 after going 4-for-4 and hitting a game winner over the Detroit Lions.

The Defensive Player award hasn't gone to a Cowboys since Week of 2017, when DeMarcus Lawrence put up three sacks against the Arizona Cardinals.

Leighton's recognition is also well-earned. He led Dallas with 13 tackles and an interception in a pivotal road victory against a division rival. In what was arguably a "must-win" game for the Cowboys, their first-round pick stepped up and stood out.

A few more games like this, and Vander Esch could be in the running for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. But even above personal accolades, Leighton's play could help the Cowboys make a push in the NFC East.

If nothing else, he's making that first-round pick look smarter every week.



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Legendary Cowboys Quarterback Backs Dak Prescott

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Takeaway Tuesday: Prescott's Legs Give Offense a Much Needed Spark

Things have not gone well for Dak Prescott this season. His play has been up and down and he hasn't given the team or Cowboys Nation much reason to believe that he's the future at the quarterback position for the Dallas Cowboys. Speaking to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas today, Legendary Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach offered support for the Cowboys current quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Staubach had this to say when asked about Dak Prescott.

Mark Lane on Twitter

Roger Staubach on @1053thefan said #Dak is a part of the problem with the #Cowboys offense, but he is not the problem.

Roger Staubach didn't start in the NFL until the third year of his career and thinks that's a good time for the quarterback to make the jump. At this point, we are 40 games into Dak Prescott's NFL career and we can see some of the things that he's good at as well as some of the things that he struggles with.

As Staubach points out, Dak Prescott has the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback, even if his play hasn't been what you'd want at the position. Roger admits that Dak shoulders some of the blame for the offensive woes of the last 16 games, but realizes that there are  many reasons for the Cowboys offensive failures this season.

Roger Staubach believes that the Dallas Cowboys can win with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback despite some of the flaws that have crept up over the last 16 games. He's not wrong.

Staubach's pretty accurate in his assessment that there's been more good than bad. If you look at the first 24 games of Dak Prescott's career, he was really good. Through the last 16 games, he's struggled at times. So technically there's been more good than bad. The problem is that over the last 16 games, there's been more bad than good. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league and lately Dak hasn't done much. We can debate all day on how much of the struggles Prescott's faced are on him, but everyone should be willing to admit that some of the struggles are on him.

It's plausible that the confidence in Prescott that Jerry Jones has comes from Roger's belief that the Cowboys can win games with Dak Prescott at quarterback; and they have. In Prescott's career, the Dallas Cowboys are 25-15. Though wins are a team stat and not a quarterback stat, it just goes as evidence that Dak Prescott can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League.

Dak has some flaws, but the offense and its play caller haven't helped Prescott much this season. We should be critical of Prescott because he has a big pay day coming, if you believe Jerry Jones. While Dak has some flaws, he also has some traits that can make him a good quarterback in the NFL with the right coaching situation behind him. 2018 may be running out of time for the Dallas Cowboys and their playoff prospects, but the Cowboys have time before they have to make a decision on Prescott.



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