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QB Dak Prescott Addresses “Hate” Via Instagram

Kevin Brady



Film Room: How Dak Prescott Beat The Giants' Blitz

The end of the 2017 season was a tumultuous one for the Dallas Cowboys, but it may not have been more difficult on anyone than it was on quarterback Dak Prescott. After losing his stud left tackle and All-Pro running back, Prescott was destroyed in Atlanta, setting the tone for a lackluster end to 2017.

Prescott is still the unquestioned QB1 in Dallas, but many are claiming that 2018 is a "prove it" year for the young quarterback.

Clearly, Dak Prescott is aware of how important this upcoming season is, and it also appears that he's read the Tweets. Prescott took to Instagram this weekend to address some of the heat he's taken lately, vowing that he will use it as fuel in 2018.

I'd Pay them to Keep Hating! I love it!!!!!! #DoubtMe #YR3

172.4k Likes, 2,360 Comments - Dak Prescott (@_4dak) on Instagram: "I'd Pay them to Keep Hating! I love it!!!!!! #DoubtMe #YR3"

Prescott posted this photo with the caption "I'd Pay them to Keep Hating! I love it!" He also included the hashtag "Doubt Me," addressing all of those who are claiming the Cowboys need to bring in another quarterback to compete with him for his spot.

I still believe in Dak Prescott as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, and I hope he is able to continue to improve and use his doubters as fuel to future greatness. Time will tell how all of this will play out.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

  • Matthew Harrell

    We will see. If he plays the same way as last year, he’s toast. Hopefully he is backing up his comments with offseason work outs to find throwing accuracy, learn how to throw downfield. Hopefully he’s studying hours of film, seeing the wide open downfield receivers he missed while checking down. Hopefully reviewing the sacks he took because he held the ball to long or failed to slide in the pocket from the pressure side or step up in the pocket to avoid outside pressure. Hopefully he is diligently learning the playbook and opposing defenses so he can make pre snap reads. Hopefully he is spending valuable hours learning the basics of NFL offense so we don’t have to attempt a Dak Friendly college read option spread joke of an amateur offense. Hopefully he’s spending more time doing these things and physically learning how to a football than reading correct criticism on the internet.

    • Stuart Brereton

      I guess that was college ball he played in 2016. I can pick apart all your talking points but I won’t bother. We will wait until the next season….

      • Steve Froy

        2016 was Dink and Dunk Dak ! When Witten and Beasley are leading receivers the you were not throwing downfield !

        • Stuart Brereton

          Ok, you win! Dak’s worse than Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore. All of whom combined won 4 games, with more or less the same O line…
          You guys just kill me with your transparent bias!

          • Steve Froy

            No one was talking about those nobody QBs ! There was a reason Dak was taken in the 4th round. By the way he had twice as many all pro lineman than anyone else in the league had. He was scared he would get the hook in 2016 if through the ball long and got picked. So in 2017 he showed his inability to throw long. This team runs through Zeke, not Dak.

          • Michael White

            What is wrong with having a Dak friendly offense? The offense changed and became Tony Romo friendly. Even Norv Turner switched the offense for Troy Aikman when he was hired. So what if it becomes similar to a college offense, which I doubt that it will..I mean if it produces results what’s wrong with the offense becoming Dak friendly?

  • Chuck Wright

    Good lord, twitter is rapidly leading to the a true dumbing down of America. SMFH. . . .Get Dak some protection, he’ll be fine. Of course get him a WR who can get open and then catch the damn ball. Looking forward to a full year of Zeke with the Rodger Goodell bs drama . .. .

  • TreFKennedy88

    Hopefully Dak won’t have 6 games under 180 yards passing this upcoming season

  • Mr. Jaguar

    Dak Attack is coming soon to a NFL Stadium near you, starting in September 2018!!

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Is it Too Late For Dallas to Fire OC Scott Linehan?

Brian Martin



Scott Linehan

Grab your pitchforks and your torches, it's time to run the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan out of town. His playcalling has been absolutely atrocious season and it's time for him to hit the road, even if there are only two regular-season games left on the schedule.

It's completely unorthodox for an NFL team to fire an offensive coordinator this late in the season, but just last week we saw the Minnesota Vikings do just that when they parted ways with John DeFilippo. It was definitely a bold move to make considering the Vikings are still in playoff contention, but it was something they believed was in the best interest of their team.

I believe if the Dallas Cowboys want to do what's best for their team right now and not later, then they should go ahead and cut ties with Scott Linehan. His predictability and un-creativeness as a play caller is holding back a talented offense, which is hurting the overall team as a result. He's been given every opportunity to turn things around, but enough is enough.

I'd personally be on board with Jason Garrett taking over the playcalling duties. He has the experience and held the position with the Cowboys from 2007 until Linehan was hired. I'd even consider giving Kellen Moore a shot as the OC. He knows the system and has worked closely with Quarterback Dak Prescott. Regardless, the Cowboys need to find some way to increase their offensive productivity.

Kellen Moore

Dallas Cowboys QB Coach Kellen Moore

Right now the Cowboys offense is the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and are averaging just 19.7 points per game. To make matters worse they are the 31st ranked Red Zone offense in the league. I don't know about you, but I think that is completely unacceptable with the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball.

Firing Linehan has been a long time coming. The Cowboys flirted with the idea earlier this season during the bye week and should've pulled the trigger then, but for some reason or another decided to let him stick around. They are definitely still paying for that mistake now.

The Cowboys mistake not to replace Linehan could mean yet another early exit in the playoffs, something we have unfortunately become accustomed to. Scoring just 19 points a game isn't going to get them very far, which is truly unfortunate considering the talent they've acquired this season.

Unfortunately, as much as we would love to see Scott Linehan tarred and feathered and run out of town, I just don't see the Cowboys doing that before their season is officially over. But, in no way should he be allowed to retain his position beyond this season. He clearly isn't the answer any longer.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should fire Scott Linehan?

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Despite Embarrassing Showing, Health Remains Biggest Cowboys Concern

Kevin Brady



Zack Martin

What is it about the AFC South with these Dallas Cowboys?

Dallas' five game winning streak came to a close on Sunday, as they got straight-up embarrassed by the now 8-6 Indianapolis Colts on the road. The loss was the first since the Cowboys were embarrassed by a different AFC South competitor, the Tennessee Titans, on Monday night football earlier this season.

Though the final was 23-0, and not a single phase (or really even a single player) showed much fight or promise, the biggest concern I have for the Cowboys moving forward didn't change because of the putrid performance. It didn't change because the defense was gashed play after play or the offense failed to finish a single drive. And it didn't even change because both the Redskins and Eagles secured season-saving victories on the same day Dallas was dismantled.

The biggest concern is still their health, particularly across the offensive line.

That was not a playoff caliber interior offensive line the Cowboys put out their on Sunday. Not even close.

With their backup center in Joe Looney, backup guard in Connor Williams, and the very last interior offensive linemen on their roster in Adam Redmond playing for basically the entire game, this offense never had a chance. Dak Prescott wasn't any more inaccurate or indecisive than normal, but all those who like to scream "step up in the pocket" whenever he is sacked did not seem to have an argument this week.

There often was no pocket to step into, as those interior three, specifically Looney and Redmond, failed to provide much protection or confidence for Prescott at all. Joe Looney has actually been rather solid this season, but Sunday felt like one of his worst games of the entire year.

The Cowboys absolutely need Zack Martin to get healthy if they are to make any noise whatsoever in the postseason. At the very least, the need Xavier Su'a-Filo to come back and replace Redmond, and regain the form he displayed during his debut against the Eagles back in November.

Prescott already has issues with his pocket presence and footwork when pressured, so throwing three backup-level linemen right in front of him is not a recipe for success for the Cowboys.

I'm not jumping out of the window over this loss, and I don't think any of you should be either. Dallas had won three straight incredibly emotional and important home games to extend, save, and solidify their season respectively before this loss. They had also just about clinched the NFC East a week ago with their win over Philadelphia, and they played like a team that was due a flat performance

A letdown loss on the road, against a good team I might add, is not the end of the world. The bigger issue here is their health, because if Martin can return to anchor this offensive line, the offense should look a whole lot better than they did against Indianapolis.

It's time to move on from Sunday, go beat Tampa Bay, officially clinch the division, and get ready for Wild Card Weekend.

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Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?

Kevin Brady



Sean's Scout: Defense Comes Alive In Loss At LA Rams 2
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.

It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.

Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.

This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter

Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.

Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."

Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.

It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.

Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.

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