While the debate around whether or not the Cowboys should extend Dak Prescott rages among fans, the coaching staff sure sounds like they’ve made up their minds about the young quarterback.
Prescott will have a new quarterback coach this season, as former Cowboys backup QB Jon Kitna returns to Dallas in this coaching role. Kitna spoke to DallasCowboys.com about the young quarterback, and his development throughout the first three years of his career.
“He doesn’t want to just be good enough, or very good or great. He wants to be elite. He wants to be the best. He wants to eliminate anything that he sees as a weakness. He wants to get better at it. His drive is what sets him apart, I believe.” – Kitna on Prescott
Jon Kitna told Nick Eatman that Prescott already “has an elite mindset,” one which Kitna believes will help him reach new heights going forward.
“He wants to be the best. He comes out every day wondering, asking the whys – why am I doing this? What do you want me to do this for? He wants to know how it connects and how it’ll help him become an elite player for a long time.” – Kitna on Prescott
There’s no doubt that Dak Prescott has been successful the first three seasons of his career. Three straight winning seasons, two division titles, a home playoff victory, and a Rookie of the Year award are all much more than was expected of the fourth rounder on draft day.
He is far from fourth round expectations now, however, especially as he awaits a payday upwards of $30 million per year. No longer will Dak be the biggest bargain in football. Instead, he’ll be one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league, faced with pressure that will be nearly impossible to defeat.
But according to Jon Kitna, Jason Garrett, Kellen Moore, and really anyone involved with the Cowboys organization, Dak Prescott is built to do the impossible.
If anyone has the mindset or work ethic to will himself and his team above and beyond what talent may suggest he’s capable of, these coaches believe it’s Dak Prescott.