There is no more controversial player among Cowboys Nation than their quarterback, Dak Prescott. Anytime he takes a snap it seems like half the fanbase is waiting to tear him down, while the other half will make any excuse neccesary to support him.
In reality, Prescott falls somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. He’s a good football player, and one the Cowboys have won and can win with at quarterback. But he does have clear flaws which set a ceiling on just how good the Cowboys offense can be.
Soon the franchise will be faced with a difficult decision: do they extend and pay Dak Prescott, or do they let him walk and look for a different option at quarterback? The fanbase and the media have gone back and forth countless times on this issue, but a former Cowboys legend weighed in earlier this week.
While on “The Russillo Show” Darren Woodson spoke about why he thinks the Cowboys should extend Dak Prescott, and delivered some strong praise in favor of the young quarterback.
“When he’s on the sideline, they believe in him… I can’t say the same thing about Tony Romo when he was here a few years ago. I can’t say that this team and these players thought, “Ok, well Romo’s going to bail us out,” or “we’re down by fourteen, Romo’s going to do this,” or “we’re up by fourteen, Romo’s not going to turn the ball over.” No, no, no. They didn’t believe. There is something about (Dak) in that locker room that they all rally behind.”
These are pretty big statements from the former defensive back. Woodson is not only giving a vote of confidence in Dak Prescott, but also speaking to where he might even have some advantages over former quarterback and current fan favorite Tony Romo.
Whether or not these statements are accurate are up for debate, but they are certainly strong and jarring to read. I do agree with Woodson that the locker room believes in Dak Prescott, and rallies behind him during those tight moments late in games.
Prescott has leadership qualities that any coach would love to have in their quarterback, and it’s clear how much Jason Garrett values Prescott’s warrior tendencies. With all that being said, he does seem to have a ceiling to how good of a quarterback he can be, and if it holds back the offense or team from being great, or if his contract handcuffs the team moving forward, then there will be deeper questions for the front office to answer.
When it’s all said and done, though, I do expect Dak Prescott to get his extension with the Cowboys.