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    Are Dez Bryant’s Strengths, Dak Prescott’s Weaknesses?

    There is a lot of frustration going around right now, and it's not from just the fans. From the top to the very bottom, I don't think there is one person within the organization who isn't frustrated. But, no two people have shown and voiced their frustration more here recently than Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant.

    Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant let their frustration get the better of them this week during interviews with the media. Their frustration has nothing to do with anything happening off the field or within the locker room, despite attempts by several media members to convince Cowboys fans otherwise.

    No, Prescott and Bryant are both frustrated with their lack of production on the field and how much the Cowboys offense is struggling as a whole.

    It's been building up for some time now, but things finally came to a boiling point after an emotional loss to the . And as we all know, when things come to a boil, you have to let off a little steam.

    Unfortunately, with just one game left in the , I don't see that frustration dwindling anytime soon.

    In fact, I think it's going to be something that continues to nag at them throughout the . But, it could end up being the driving force to motivate them to develop a better working bond with one another for next year.

    That's what we are all hoping happens, but I'm not sure it's possible.

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    Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

    You see, I personally believe that Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant aren't a good match as a quarterback and wide receiver duo, based on their individual skill sets. I know it sounds a little odd to suggest such a thing, but I will tell you why I believe this way.

    Dez Bryant's strengths as a wide receiver just so happen to be Dak Prescott's weaknesses as a quarterback, and vice versa. That's why we haven't seen them build that chemistry between one another, despite two years together. Bryant isn't a player who creates a lot of separation because he's not the fastest and isn't the best route runner. That means he has to rely on his strength and athletic ability to overcome his deficiencies, which he does really well.

    Bryant is the type of player that has to be “thrown open”. That means putting the ball in a place where only he can go get it. was excellent at doing just that with back shoulder fades and throwing the ball high where only Bryant would have a chance to catch it. Unfortunately, Dak Prescott isn't that kind of quarterback.

    Prescott's biggest weakness right now is that he hasn't been able to throw his receivers open. Prescott instead prefers to throw to the open receiver, which is why he tends to hold on to the ball too long.

    The problem with that way of thinking is the Dallas Cowboys don't really have any receivers who can create that type of separation and get open on a regular basis. of course is that kind of player, which is why he and Prescott were so successful in 2016. But, opposing defenses found a way to take Beasley out of the equation and Prescott and the entire Cowboys offense has struggled ever since.

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    Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
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    Something definitely needs to change and in a hurry, because the Dallas Cowboys are too talented of a team to allow this to continue happening. Prescott either needs to learn how to throw his receivers open or the Cowboys need to find a way to get the WRs open with better playcalling.

    There are three ways the Dallas Cowboys can fix this problem.

    1. They can Dez Bryant and find another WR who better suits Prescott's skill set. That would likely be a possession/volume type of WR. Someone who can create separation on a regular basis, a Keenan Allen type of receiver if you will.
    2. Another way the Cowboys can fix all of this is to help Prescott learn how to throw his receivers open. There is no way of knowing for sure if he can develop that skill set. He may always be the “bus driver” type of QB, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it also isn't going to help the Cowboys with their current receiving corps.
    3. The best way to fix this problem is to bring in a new who can get the best out of Prescott, Bryant, and the rest of the offensive playmakers. has failed to do so with Prescott at QB, and it might be time to find someone who can get the job done.

    As bleak as all of this may sound, there are still ways of turning everything around. But, it's up to and the rest of the Cowboys to find the right solution for everyone involved. It's not going to be easy, but it's a necessity in order to get the best out of this ball team.

    Can the Cowboys fix the Dez Bryant to Dak Prescott connection?

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    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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    fgoodwin

    Tom Landry and the entire Cowboys organization was famous for its top-to-bottom “re-evaluations” he instituted after (I think) the 1968 playoff loss to the Browns.

    After losing in the playoffs three years in a row, he wanted to identify things they were doing wrong, ways to improve, etc. In other words, he was willing to questions assumptions and how he was doing things.

    I wonder if the current organization has the guts to openly and honestly question itself? Twenty-two years of mediocrity tells me the answer is “no”.

    Brian Martin

    That’s a great question. They certainly need to make changes/adjustments to not only the roster, but their entire approach to the game. Changes definitely need to be made!

    fgoodwin

    “Need to” and “will do” are two different things. Jerry seems to be content with standing pat.

    TreFKennedy88

    Or Dez can put everything into becoming a better route runner and Dak can work on throwing his wr’s open

    Fred Miller

    You hit the nail on the head

    Adam Mwakikoti

    Again, Romo a vet, could make all the best reads and throws, and Dak can’t do that yet. So we have a QB that isn’t seasoned and a WR on the first year of the back side of his prime. It’s not about skill-set, it’s more about what you gain with expierence, and that is Dak’s flaw. It took Tony time to figure it out, it will take Dak time too, and Dez and Witten may not be there when he does. And let’s not forget the o-line. Every football person that isn’t an idiot should agree that Tyron Smith is the most important player on their roster today. With Tyron they score 30, and without him it’s a Byron Bell Sack party. Zeke was there when Tyron was not and Dak ran for his life all game like Romo used to. It’s not complicated. The Cowboys go as the O-line goes.