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How The Dallas Cowboys Completely Lucked Into Their Backup Quarterback

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There's a word I've been using a lot this offseason pertaining to the 2016 Dallas Cowboys - arrogant.

The thing about arrogance is, if it's justified, it's not necessarily stupid. It's just pompous. The Dallas Cowboys have -- through one preseason game -- somewhat justified some of their offseason arrogance.

In 2015, Tony Romo had more collarbone breaks than the Cowboys did wins without him. Putting things nicely... that's pathetic. Dallas paraded the clumsiest, least coordinated, and most inaccurate people that have ever thrown a pigskin through the quarterback position last year, and do you know what lesson they learned from that?

Do it again.

Lesson Not Learned, Oh Well!

The Cowboys saw Kellen Moore's inability to win a game as the Cowboys QB and said, "Well golly, I bet he could do it in 2016... even though he's never done it before and nothing suggests he can... This makes sense... America's Team!" and we were all left stunned.

Imagine that you and I went out for a boat ride (I'll bring some fun music don't worry... hope you like the Cast of Glee) and the boat sank. That would really suck. It'd be a horrible experience. Now imagine one year later I asked you to come out again... and I had done nothing to fix the boat.

That'd be pretty stupid, right?

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Kellen Moore's injury, while unfortunate for him, could have very well changed the future of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys boarded the "S.S. Minnow Moore" when they headed out to Training Camp, intent on scribbling his name underneath Tony Romo's on their depth chart. When Kellen suffered an injury that will likely cost him his season, Dallas turned to their 4th Round Draft Pick - Mississippi State's Dak Prescott.

Thanks to Dak's great play (let's remember it is a preseason game, so we don't get carried away) in Sunday's preseason-opening loss, it looks like the Cowboys might have potentially struck gold. Weird.

Yes, assuming Dak's career will display some of what we saw this past Sunday, the Cowboys might have found Tony Romo's heir... but they did it totally, completely, and absolutely indisputably on accident.

The Road To Dak Prescott

Obviously the lone survivor from 2015's quarterback fiasco was Kellen Moore. He was the first option for the Dallas Cowboys to back up Tony Romo in 2016. Seriously. People sat down in a room, suggested this, and then agreed that it was a good idea. This really happened.

It should be noted that the Cowboys did learn a teeny bit from 2015. They potentially wanted Jared Goff or Carson Wentz with the 4th Overall Pick, but thanks to some pre-Draft trades, those options were taken away from them.

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It's only been one preseason game, but Dak Prescott has the Dallas Cowboys feeling like the future of the quarterback position is in good hands.

Never fear! Jerry Jones is here! The Owner, President, and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys then set his sights on the consensus third-ranked quarterback in the available crop - Paxton Lynch.

After being unable to swing a trade to land a Star on Lynch's helmet, Jones & Co. decided to look elsewhere for a potential quarterback puppy; the 4th Round.

It was well-known the Cowboys were about to take Michigan State's Connor Cook with the 101st pick, until the Oakland Raiders bailed them out. Ultimately, the Cowboys took Dak at #135, making Prescott the eighth quarterback selected and -- seemingly -- the perfect one for us.

Better Lucky Than Good

The Cowboys "Luck'd" into the 2016 season when Lucky Whitehead took the opening kickoff to the house for a touchdown against the Rams. Where the Cowboys really got lucky was that everything they tried to do in terms of quarterback planning went awry and that it all led to a young man by the name of Dak Prescott.

Dak Prescott has us all excited. We'll see if he really is worth the hype.  But for now? He's our #QuarterDAK.

What do you make of Dak Prescott's road to the Cowboys? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  1. txpatriot

    August 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

    FYI: I think the word you want is “awry” not “array”.

  2. George Johnson

    August 16, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    RJ Ocha: Keep up the K Moore bashing if it makes you feel good, but you are wrong. K Moore was given a chance to be the 2nd team QB in 2016 because of his performance in 2015 and previous body of work. S Linehan who is a QB expert and experienced NFL offensive coordinator said he could play in the NFL and be a good backup for T Romo. You and many others may not believe this but you also refuse to attack S Linehan publically as incompetent. I will take S Linehan at his word. S Linehan has also explained why he thinks K Moore can play and has said his arm is strong enough and he compensates for his arm not being the strongest in the NFL, with his accuracy, timing and uncanny anticipation. K Moore in 2015 did not win any games but did fairly well considering it was his first time playing against first team defenses and he had limited reps to get ready to play. Before criticizing K Moore for his first two and one half games, compare him to any starter in the NFL, their first two or three games. I bet he did pretty well with this comparison. He moved the ball and did a lot of good things per S Linehan but also made too many mistakes. Based on K Moore’s previous body of work these deficiencies/mistakes seemed to be uncharacteristic for K Moore and I am confident the coaches and FO thought K Moore could improve on them with more experience/reps. He was made the 2nd team backup for good reasons. He would of also most likely done very well in the preseason Los Angeles game as Prescott did. Prescott was not getting a lot of pressure and made good decisions and had some easy throws mixed in with a few harder throws. He was composed/confident and very accurate, which are K Moore’s strengths. We will see how Prescott does in future preseason games with a lot more pressure and better defenses.

    • Bryson Treece

      Bryson Treece

      August 16, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      It’s not that anyone thinks Scott Linehan is incompetent because he supports Kellen Moore, as you have mentioned. But as the team’s Offensive Coordinator, when speaking about an active player who is currently in good standing on a fairly classy team (drug suspensions and Greg Hardy hurt us a bit there), it’ll be a cold day in hell before he outwardly bashes one of his players. Whether justified or not, these coaches simply do not air negative opinions about their players. And that’s a great thing.

      But don’t be fooled. Linehan not saying that Kellen Moore can’t be an NFL quarterback does not mean he thinks he is the best man for the job, on the roster or not. His praise for Moore is not a put-down of Dak Prescott either.

      IF … big if … Prescott can continue to perform throughout preseason, then he will unseat Moore as the team’s #2 quarterback, and it will have almost nothing to do with positive or negative views of Moore.

      The big advantages Moore has over Prescott right now are experience and consistency. Give Prescott a little time and those advantages are called into question. But Prescott has to show that he can continue to make smart plays and remain in control, of himself and the game. We could debate how long he needs to do that before he closes in on Moore’s advantages, but I’d venture a guess that the Cowboys’ coaches are very willing to name Prescott the primary backup to Tony Romo if he performs well in preseason.

      Franchise quarterbacks are rare. They’re so rare that never has every NFL team had a legitimate franchise QB together in the same year. Backup quarterbacks are not so rare. There is competition for their job and personal feelings and attitudes play a part.

      But make no mistake, when push comes to shove, the most likable guy in the world will get benched in favor of upside, potential, and most of all, dollars-to-doughnuts performance; numbers, completions, percentages, yards, touchdowns.

      There are a lot of talented people on this offense. The #2 QB is going to come down to who can go out on the field and produce the biggest results with that talent. Jamiell Showers is a project player; I wouldn’t even say project quarterback with him, but overall player, so he’s not likely to get the nod, barring injuries to all of those ahead of him on the depth chart. At least for this year.

      Unfortunately, Kellen Moore is injured and must rely on previous performances to do his bidding. Cold, hard facts today — which could change each of the next three weeks — are that Kellen Moore hasn’t won anything more than Dak Prescott hasn’t won anything (Prescott has only had one opportunity, Kellen has had several). But keep in mind, Prescott had the team up 3 TDs when Showers came in the game. He did his job against the Rams.

      But there’s a lot of time left for Prescott to screw up and give your boy Kellen a shot to stand on precedence. I’m telling you now, though, If Prescott continues his play thus far throughout the preseason, I want Tony Romo, Dak Prescott, and Kellen Moore on the depth chart come Sept. 11. In that order.

  3. George Johnson

    August 17, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Bryson Treece: I agree with most of what you said. It has always been true that D Prescott has more upside potential than K Moore. They thought there was a chance he could replace T Romo some day when they drafted him. I don’t think they think K Moore is likely to replace T Romo some day because of his physical limitations. They do think K Moore could be a solid 2nd team QB and why he was the designated 2nd team QB going into 2016 with the idea D Prescott would most likely need 2016 for learning/development/adjustment. Also, it is not just what S Linehan has said about K Moore but also the fact they were willing to go with him at 2nd team for 2016 after the disaster last year that says they have quite a bit of confidence in K Moore. I think what is most likely to happen is they are still likely to bring in another more veteran QB and not be ready to make D Prescott the 2nd team QB for 2016. I have said all along that if D Prescott can earn the 2nd team QB in 2016 he is not only a quick learner/developer but also has a high probability of being the next franchise QB. I wish him the best in the rest of the preseason games.

    • Bryson Treece

      Bryson Treece

      August 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Garrett has this thing about veteran backup QBs that I just don’t get. I understand it, and agree with the merits of the argument, but I can’t let that overwhelm the basic logic that with age comes experience, and with age comes limited capability. Sure, the vet might throw smarter, but can he make the smart throw?

      I liked the Kellen Moore last year because of that. He’s young and still has the capability to play, and he’s got a lot of learning under his belt.

      Personally, I don’t want to see a more veteran QB brought in. Not from what I saw Saturday. I’m definitely looking for more of the same in two days, next week, and the week after that. It’s my hope they will give Dak every opportunity to play during preseason, ceasing the opportunity to really test him under the guise of primary backup rather than evaluating players for the sake of evaluating players.

      I want that because I think, in 2016, Romo, Prescott, and Moore is a solid lineup at QB. Moore, once he’s healthy, can be that vet presence they like so much, and Dak can be ready for some experience.

      Now, if Dak collapses in the remaining preseason games, this all changes. But I like what I saw of the man in LA, and I grant that performance could’ve just been luck. But the way he handled himself wasn’t luck, that was character and character goes a long way at a lead-heavy position like QB.

      I always liked Kellen Moore. I shouted at my TV for Garrett to put Moore in when Cassel sucked and I was glad when they signed him, because I knew what he was. But I’ve never been able to give him more credit than I think he deserves. He’s a good #2 in a league where great #2s go on to start somewhere (B. Osweiler for example, and a bit of a stretch on the great part).

      Anyway, as ALWAYS, thanks for reading and commenting.

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7 Free Agents the Cowboys Should Target

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The Dallas Cowboys' focus after losing in the second round of the playoffs is likely going to be contract extensions, sealing up their best players now before getting ready for the draft. They're likely to lose a few free agents but their priority will be their big name free agent, DeMarcus Lawrence, and extending contracts of Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and probably Byron Jones, in a year where they’ll see more cap room than they have in a long time.

Free agency, to Dallas, has been really almost entirely about re-signing their own and not dipping into the free agency pool like Jerry Jones used to do. However, in today’s NFL, a bit of the old Jerry may need to come back.

If we look at the success of Philadelphia, the L.A. Rams, Kansas City, Cleveland or Chicago, all these teams re-signed their own and drafted well, but also went out of their way to either trade for or sign other players. Free agency helped refuel all these teams and all saw success in the same capacity as the draft did.

The Cowboys don’t need to break the bank but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to consider some players who will be available. This team has nowhere to go but up, so take that next step. The more help, the better.

Anthony Sherman

A bit of an underrated name, Anthony Sherman was another Pro Bowl player this season for Kansas City. Being brought back on a one-year "prove it" deal, he more than outplayed his contract.

The Cowboys' current fullback, Jamize Olawale, did play as well as people had hoped. He played well on special teams, but as a blocker for Ezekiel Elliott and a receiver out of the backfield (see the Colts game). Olawale was a very valuable player to Oakland but he wasn’t able to replicate the same success in Dallas.

Sherman might want to come back to Kansas City but not only do the Cowboys have more cap room in 2019 but the possibility of playing with arguably the best running back in football might be too big to pass up. Just imagine the next Daryl Johnston and Emmitt Smith.

Randall Cobb

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See how many quarterbacks there are in the NFL and then which teams gave them a plethora of weapons: Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan, Baker Mayfield, Deshaun Watson, etc.

Amari Cooper appears to have re-established himself among the NFL’s elite receivers, Tavon Austin looks like a cheap re-sign who could be used in rotation both in the slot and outside, and Michael Gallup in the last four games of the season finally meshed with Dak Prescott and looks like a great number two receiver. Throw in Blake Jarwin and a likely second-round pick to be a tight end, and the Cowboys look like they’ve got plenty of weapons.

We need to consider now the other receivers Dallas has. Cole Beasley is hitting free agency and it doesn’t look like they’ll be able to keep him, Terrance Williams’ future is up in the air, Allen Hurns is coming back from a devastating injury, and Noah Brown is much more of an H-Back/sub-tight end option. Ideally, Dak Prescott’s next receiver will have good hands, run routes well and have plenty of speed.

Randall Cobb is not likely to return to Green Bay, and according to spotrac.com, his estimated value is currently a little under $8 million a year. Whether that’s too rich for the Cowboys’ taste or not, they should consider this. Cobb is only 28 years old and still can be productive on the right team, and given the right quarterback, one of the better slot receivers in the game.

K.J. Wright

The Legion of Boom is dead and, with it, the remnants of Seattle’s Super Bowl defense. K.J. Wright might not be on the same level as Bobby Wagner but he might be just what the Cowboys need in the linebacker rotation.

It looks like Sean Lee might have played his last down as a Cowboy. He’s never completed a full 16-game season, and with rising stars Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch back there, Lee is a likely cap casualty. Damien Wilson is a solid linebacker and often played up to the level that both Smith and Vander Esch played at but Wright might be an upgrade.

He’s 29 years old but won’t command a high price in the open market. His familiarity with Kris Richard also makes this an intriguing option. Knowing his success with Richard, it would make sense that Wright wants to finish his career in a system that he can thrive in and possibly make it back to the Super Bowl.

Matt Slauson

Depth was seriously tested on the offensive line in 2018. Travis Frederick missed all season with Guillain-Barré syndrome, Zack Martin missed time with knee issues, and Tyron Smith as well, for his neck.

Connor Williams looks like the future at right guard but Xavier Su'a-Filo filled in for most of the season. Going forward, the Cowboys need better, more veteran depth.

Matt Slauson has played for four different teams, playing in 114 games and starting in 111 of them. While he’s probably not the player he once was, Dallas really needs him for quality depth across the interior offensive line and veteran leadership.

He only cost the Colts $3 million last season, and that would be worth the price to bring him in. Depending on the health of the offensive line, any sort of upgrade on the second team is worth it.

Jalen Richard

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It’s always good to have a full backfield. You need your lead dog, a solid number two and a speed receiver option to come out of the backfield. The Cowboys lacked the last one, and they could really use it.

Jalen Richard is a modest 5’8 200 lbs but has given the Raiders plenty of quality play, both as a change of pace back and especially at receiver. In fact, he had more receptions (68) than he did rushes (55) in 2018.

Since he’s likely to be mostly used as the Lance Dunbar-type of back that Jason Garrett misses, it's better that he catch passes than run the ball.

Richard shouldn’t cost very much and having him there would allow Elliott more rest, not having to force him out there on passing downs. Obviously Ezekiel Elliott is one of the best running backs in the game, at both running and catching, but quality depth with Jalen Richard might be what keeps him healthier, longer.

Jason Verrett

Health has been the biggest issue for Jason Verrett. His first two seasons looked like he was going to be a star in this league. However, in the last three seasons, he’s only played in five total games. It’s unlikely that he’ll be retained by the Chargers.

Jerry Jones has shown from time to time that he’ll give a player chances, despite off-field or injury issues (see Rolando McClain). A one-year "prove it" deal would make a lot of sense, especially if it improves the Cowboys' secondary depth.

Having played at TCU, Verrett is familiar with DFW and would probably be welcomed. There’s still plenty of time for Verrett to return his career back to where it once was. At a discount, the Cowboys might want to take advantage.

Earl Thomas

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At last! We’ve come to THE name everyone has expected: Earl Thomas.

Leader of the Legion of Boom and future Hall-of-Famer, Earl Thomas broke the internet last season when he ran toward the Cowboys locker room, telling coach Jason Garrett to come and get him. Cowboys and Seahawks fans went crazy.

It was a move that was thought could happen before or during the draft, or possibly before the 2018 season started. But Seattle never budged.

Instead, Earl Thomas broke a bone in his leg, the game after he played the Cowboys and was placed on injured reserve. Now, Earl Thomas is a free agent, and Seattle is likely to lose him and get nothing back.

Earl Thomas has been to a pair of Super Bowls, winning one, and along with Kris Richard helped create one of the greatest secondaries in NFL history. This should be a no brainer. Earl Thomas could be the missing piece to the already elite Cowboys defense. Let’s make everyone’s wishes come true and make this happen Jerry Jones!



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3 Reasons Why Kellen Moore Should Not Become Offensive Coordinator

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The notion that current Quarterbacks Coach Kellen Moore will be promoted to Offensive Coordinator has divided many Cowboys fans. The idea is growing on some, but others remain very opposed. Is he really the right guy to help Dallas' offense get to the next level?

Yesterday, one of my fellow Inside The Star writers gave his reasons why Moore's promotion could be a positive for the Cowboys. I decided to play devil's advocate today and give three reasons why it would not be a good move.

For the record, I'm not opposed to the move. I don't want some retread like Todd Haley or Mike McCoy, who have been fired from more than one NFL team in their past. What innovation can they offer at this point?

But at the same time, do you really want a guy whose never held the job at any level before now? That leads us to my first reason for being against Kellen Moore.

1. Inexperience

Even Sean McVay spent three seasons as the Redskins' OC before he got his job in Los Angeles. Moore was playing QB just a year ago and has spent one season in a true coaching role. I know he was credited for being an assistant to the coaches during his playing career, but you'd still like a guy whose spent a little more time with a clipboard in hand.

Kellen could be a genius, and there are often reality checks that come whenever you step into a larger role. We often see something being done and think we understand, even thinking we could do it better, but then discover nuances and challenges that we didn't recognize before.

Most of the greatest QBs to ever play the game didn't have strong rookie seasons.

Of course, there's talk that Moore's role as OC would be supplemented by a lot of experienced assistants. Tight Ends Coach Doug Nussmeier has been a coordinator on the college level for high-profile programs like Alabama, Florida, and Michigan. We could even see Jason Garrett gets more hand-on with the offense again.

Perhaps Kellen would give a fresh approach and outlook that would push the Cowboys' offense forward in 2019. But you have to be concerned about his lack of experience, regardless of how highly you rate his potential.

3 Reasons Why Kellen Moore Should Not Become Offensive Coordinator

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, QB Kellen Moore, and former OC Scott Linehan

2. Scott Linehan's Influence

If you didn't like Linehan's work with the Cowboys then you may be concerned that he's had a lot of influence on Kellen Moore's offensive philosophy. Between Dallas and Detroit, they have been together for all but one of Moore's seven years in the NFL.

Linehan was the Lions' OC when Moore signed with them following the 2012 draft. When Scott was fired by Detroit after the 2013 season, he came to Dallas while Kellen played one more year with the Lions. In 2015, Linehan played a key role in getting Moore signed by the Cowboys.

That said, we have no way of knowing how much Linehan has shaped Moore's ideas about football. It's only a hypothetical, but one that shouldn't be ignored.

It's entirely possible that Kellen may have learned some good things by observing Linehan, too. "What not to do" can be valuable experience. Perhaps Moore was shaking his head at some of Scott's calls and decisions as much as the rest of us.

I take some confidence in the fact that Jason Garrett, who knows offense, would be willing to make this move. His job is on the line and the willingness to give Kellen Moore increased responsibility means Jason must see something he likes.

It also would mean he doesn't blame Kellen for our third reason.

3. QB Regression in 2018

This is the clearest and most concerning evidence against Moore's ascension on the coaching staff. In his one year as Quarterbacks Coach, there was no sign of development in Dak Prescott's performance from his rookie season. Also, Cooper Rush's play in the 2018 preseason was a clear regression from last year.

But only insiders know how much of this is about the coach as opposed to players and other factors around them. Was Kellen wanting to coach things that didn't align with Linehan's offensive strategy? Was Moore really getting to do things his way?

Most would agree that Prescott's play got better as the season went on, and perhaps that's a feather in Moore's cap. In fact, it could be a sign that Kellen also improved in his role over time.

As for Rush, we've seen plenty of one-hit wonders in sports. Guys can get hot and cool off, and perhaps what we saw last August was closer to reality than his 2017 play.

But as smart and savvy as Kellen Moore has been praised to be as an offensive mind, there's no denying that it didn't seem to rub off on the Cowboys quarterbacks this year. Communicating and teaching what you know to others is a separate skill.

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Ultimately, we don't know what kind of offensive coordinator Kellen Moore could turn out to be. But there's evidence on both sides of the argument, and the Cowboys will be taking a serious gamble if they elect to promote such an inexperienced guy to such an important role.

But in this era when everyone is looking for the next creative and innovative offensive mind, maybe it's the exact move this team needs.



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How Joe Looney Saved the Cowboys Season and Protected Their Future

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Joe Looney Saved Cowboys 2018 Season and Protected Their Future

I can't really express enough how important Center Joe Looney was to the Dallas Cowboys 2018 success. His play was kind of lost in the shuffle of all of the ups and downs that took place throughout the year, which is why I wanted to try to set the record straight today.

Joe Looney is better known around Cowboys Nation and the outside media as the guy who dressed up as a 6'3", 315 pound Ezekiel Elliott earlier in the offseason. You may have forgotten, but he wore Zeke's No. 21 jersey with his mid-drift showing while miming the "Feed Me" sign during practice. It's hard to imagine a jokester like that could be such an integral part to the Cowboys 2018 season, but he was.

Despite his jocularity, Joe Looney more than adequately replaced Travis Frederick in the middle of the Cowboys offensive line this past season. In fact, he was really the only consistent thing about the starting five, which in itself deserves more attention than it's actually received.

The Cowboys OL was a mess this season. Tyron Smith and Zack Martin, Dallas' other Pro Bowl offensive lineman, battled injuries throughout the year and missed time because of it. Add that to the revolving door at left guard between Connor Williams and Xavier Su'a-Filo and La'el Collins up-and-down season, and Looney's play looks all that more impressive.

The fact that Joe Looney was pretty much an afterthought this past season really speaks volumes to the level of his play. One of the things that really made him so important to the Cowboys success though in 2018 was his availability.

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It may surprise you to know, but Looney played every single offensive snap (1,076) in 2018. That's up from just 94 snaps in 2017 as the Cowboys backup guard/center. I don't know about you, but I find that really impressive. To go from basically not playing to starting every single game is a huge jump to make.

As impressive as it was for Joe Looney to play every single offensive snap in 2018 for the Cowboys, what he did with that opportunity is even more inspiring. If not for him, Dallas wouldn't have won the NFC East division or made the playoffs. But, he did more than save their season. He protected their future.

Just imagine for a second if Looney would've been a disaster taking over for Travis Frederick in the middle of the Cowboys OL. It shouldn't take too much imagination on your part, just think back to what happened in 2017 with Tyron Smith out of the lineup, forcing Chaz Green and Byron Bell to start at left tackle.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was forced to run for his life in 2017 with backups at LT, causing him to regress as a pocket passer and develop "happy feet". If not for Looney, it could've destroyed Prescott's confidence altogether. Instead, Prescott continued to improve throughout the 2018 season and looks to be the future at the position once again.

I don't know what you think about all of this, but for me Joe Looney was the Dallas Cowboys MVP in 2018. I believe it's time to give credit where credit is due, because he's definitely not receiving the kind of recognition he deserves.

Do you think Joe Looney saved the Dallas Cowboys 2018 season?



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