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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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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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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Report: Dallas Cowboys to Sign Free Agent Wide Receiver Brice Butler

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The Dallas Cowboys look to be making a move at the wide receiver position as they attempt to bring some life to the position. No they aren't trading for Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, but bringing back former Wide Receiver Brice Butler.

According to a report from Saad Yousuf from The Athletic, the Dallas Cowboys are set to resign the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver but first have to release someone from the 53-man roster.

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Cowboys officials are in the process of signing wide receiver Brice Butler, multiple sources tell @TheAthleticDFW. The team has to make a roster move to bring Butler onto the 53 and is trying to decide whom to release to make room for Butler before a final decision is made.

Brice Butler was signed in the offseason by the Arizona Cardinals but was released after training camp. It was a surprising move for the Cardinals. They don't have a ton of wide receiver depth aside from future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.

Butler's caught 73 passes on 133 targets for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns in his five career. In 36 games with the Dallas Cowboys Brice Butler caught 43 passes on 81 targets for 794 yards and six touchdowns. In his time in Dallas, he averaged 18.5 yards per reception.

He never really got a lot of playing time with the Dallas Cowboys who had Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten on the team for the duration of his time in Dallas. The Cowboys coaching staff placed a higher premium on Terrance Williams' run blocking than Butler's big play ability.

To the coaching staff's credit, Butler was never a consistent enough player to be relied upon week in and week out. In 2017, his last season in Dallas, Brice Butler was never targeted more than three times a game and he never caught more than two passes a game. Butler, however, only played 24.51% of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive snaps in 2017.

If the Dallas Cowboys do make this move it's at a curious time. Sources tell 247 Sports' Mike Fisher that the Dallas Cowboys have zero interest at the moment in Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon. You'd think their lack of interest would be because they still like the wide receiver room as it is.

If they do complete the signing of Brice Butler, you'd have to expect that Deonte Thompson would be the wide receiver on the chopping block. They cut him at the end of the preseason and then brought him back during week one.

This signing is unlikely to have an impact on the Dallas Cowboys week two matchup with the New York Giants, but will probably be completed early Monday to get Butler to Frisco to begin preparing for their week three matchup.

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I don't think this is a move that makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They've been down that road before and haven't received the results they wanted. Brice Butler does offer some big play ability, but it was thought that is why they brought in Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin. Is it possible the Dallas Cowboys are already down on those two players after one game? They wouldn't be bringing Butler back if they didn't have plans for him.

Good or bad, do you think bringing Brice Butler back is the right move for the Dallas Cowboys?



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Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency

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Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon's Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency

It's Sunday morning and the Cleveland Browns are expected to make a questionable decision by tomorrow, which is far from news for a Dallas Cowboys team waiting around for a crucial Sunday Night Football home game tonight. With Cleveland expected to part ways with troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon though, the Cowboys have understandably been linked to Gordon, even more so now with the talented pass catcher stating his own interest in America's Team.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

As teams discuss potentially trading for outgoing #Browns WR Josh Gordon, I'm told he's got his eye on two in particular: The #Cowboys and the #49ers.

Before looking into this any further, it's necessary to point out an all-important missing detail. Without any reports of the Cowboys own interest in Gordon, the soon-to-be free agent is simply the latest player to say he'd like to play for the Cowboys - hardly anything new for the Jones.

The Cowboys need for a player like Gordon has never been more evident though. Heavily criticized throughout the offseason for how they handled their wide receivers, the Cowboys passing game was a non-factor in the team's 16-8 week one loss.

Signing or trading for Gordon could do little to fix this, but the risk may also prove worthwhile for Dallas. The Baylor Bears product did put up 1,646 yards in 2013 with minimal talent around him, and has a career 17.3 yards per reception.

His ability to take the top off a defense is something the Cowboys are sorely missing. What they won't miss from not acquiring Gordon is the off-field trouble, taking on a player that missed all of 2015 and 2016 due to suspension.

Last season,  Gordon was reinstated for the Browns final five games.

The NFL is, at least cautiously, easing their policy on players suspended for marijuana usage. Look no further than the Cowboys own Randy Gregory to prove this, as Gregory has already become a success story for the league by being with the Cowboys this season.

Whether or not Gregory plays on Sunday night (officially listed as DOUBTFUL) after suffering a concussion in his long-awaited return last week is yet to be determined. So too is Josh Gordon's future as the latest player on his way out of Cleveland.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

From @gmfb Weekend: The #Browns plan to release Josh Gordon after he showed up late, injured his hamstring during a photo shoot, and in general completely lost their trust. https://t.co/cX2HGZPBXi

I'm of the belief that Gordon won't last long on the open market, meaning this won't be the latest Cowboys story/non-story to drag through the presses. Any fan looking to pass time between now and kickoff against the Giants could probably find me saying the same about free agent WR Dez Bryant however.

Thanks to Bryant still being a free agent along with former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, the team has looked smarter than expected in the long-term on moves like these.

If there's a smart way to bring on Josh Gordon, Dallas should be considering that too.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Is Dak Prescott’s Relationship with Scott Linehan Broken?

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Is Dak Prescott's Relationship with Scott Linehan Broken?

As the final whistle sounded last Sunday with the Carolina Panthers coming away victorious over your Dallas Cowboys, it was pretty clear there were a lot of things wrong with the offense. Many pointed to Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan and the play calling. Others to the offensive line. Others to Quarterback Dak Prescott. And others to the wide receivers.

There was plenty of blame to go around in an offensive performance that left Cowboys Nation struggling for answers. Simply put, there wasn't much good from that side of the football in their 16-8 loss. 

Well, as this week has gone on in preparation for the New York Giants Sunday night, there have been answers to questions from within the organization that make me, an outsider, feel really awkward about the relationships inside the organization. Particularly on the offensive side of the football. 

There was this from Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan responding to Troy Aikman's critique of a lack of creativity in the play calling of Linehan.

"People have their own opinions. It's hard to be super creative when you're having loss-yardage plays, to be honest with you. But I thought we had some really good stuff for the game that we couldn't use. But he's entitled to whatever opinion he has about that. It's our job to go out and show him that we have some stuff that maybe he'll be impressed with."

Scott Linehan - via Jon Machota, Sports Day DFW

Then this from Wide Receiver Allen Hurns. 

Brandon George on Twitter

Cowboys WR Allen Hurns on loss to Carolina: "Statistically people are going to say we didn't play well. If you really break down the game, we created separation. That's what you want to do as a wideout.

With Dak Prescott speaking to the media on Thursday, some interesting nuggets of information came out about the communication that takes place on game day between Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan, Quarterback Coach Kellen Moore, and Quarterback Dak Prescott.

Namely Dak described Kellen Moore as a "mediator" between the quarterback and the offensive coordinator.

“Kellen, I guess you call him the mediator at that point, when I come to the sideline. Me and him talk about what we saw and then he gets on the headset and he’s talking with Linehan. Then he’ll get back to me with what Linehan’s thinking with the plays and stuff that we’re working towards, so it’s been great.”

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Count 1310 The Ticket's Bob Sturm as one of many confused by Dak's statement about Moore as the go between.

Bob Sturm on Twitter

Thought it was really interesting to day that Dak said he talks to Kellen Moore and QB coach Kellen Moore talks to Linehan. Linehan doesn't talk directly to his QB during the game. I think that is weird.

It's becoming clear that there is a huge disconnect between the play caller and his quarterback and this disconnect is affecting everyone on the offensive side of the ball.  

Everyone, after one week, appears to be placing blame on someone else, which is really odd to me. Normally, when a unified group of players is asked a question that may lead to finger-pointing, they don't really answer the question.

Above, you can see that Hurns basically said, it wasn't the wide receivers' fault. Linehan, reacting to Troy Aikman's comments about the lack of creativity in the offense, placed the reason for the lack of creativity on the players. And Dak Prescott appears to allude to a really odd communication structure.

It has me wondering, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, if there is a trust issue with the Dallas Cowboys offensive staff and players.

Trust is a very important aspect of any group of people who work together to meet a common goal. Football is no different. As far as team sports go, the NFL requires a strong sense of trust and commitment to one another to make the intricacies of an NFL offense work.

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Oct 8, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) congratulates wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) after a touchdown in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The coach has to trust that the player he's calling the plays for. If the play caller doesn't trust the players to execute, he's going to be much more conservative than he should be. A play caller who trusts his players will allow them to play and will be aggressive in his game planning and play calling. 

The player has to trust that the play caller is putting the player(s) in the best position possible to succeed. If the players don't trust the play caller, they aren't going to buy in to the offensive scheme. If they don't buy in to the offensive scheme then there may not be the necessary effort put in to see the scheme succeed. 

From the outside looking in, the relationship between quarterback and play caller seems fractured.  It's not a good sign for the relationship of the two men tasked with guiding this offense that there is a mediator involved in their communication. If there is an issue in the relationship that is leading to poor communication, then the Dallas Cowboys leadership structure -- Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Jason Garrett -- need to make a change to better enhance offensive communication.

They aren't going to change quarterbacks at this point in the season. The move they can make that Head Coach Jason Garrett appears unwilling to make, is changing who calls the plays. If the relationship between Linehan and Prescott is such that Kellen Moore needs to act as "mediator," then the time has come to change the play caller. Whether it's Moore who takes the reigns or Garrett who returns to calling plays, the change may need to be made soon to salvage this season. 

Trust is a very valuable resource in any organization. It's the reason that Jason Garrett has remained head coach for as long as he has. The ownership trusts him. 

The lack of trust that appears to exist between Dak Prescott and Scott Linehan is something that not only hurts their relationship, but the chemistry with the entire offense. 

Football may be the greatest team sport in the world. And as such it requires a high level of chemistry . It requires everyone on offense and defense buying into their respective schemes and trusting each other to execute those schemes. 

Obviously a win against the Giants would go a long way toward healing whatever wounds exist between Prescott and Linehan. A loss however could potentially deepen a divide between the quarterback and his coordinator.



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