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The Dak Prescott Hype: Why It’s Completely Okay To Buy In

RJ Ochoa

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Dak Prescott on Twitter

A Dream Come True! Let’s Do This Cowboys Nation #Blessed #135

This isn’t a dream, Cowboys Nation. This is real life. Through two preseason games it looks like Dak Prescott is the real deal. And you know what? It’s totally and completely understandable/cool to buy into that. Let’s discuss.

Where Did This Come From?

If I told you on April 28th, the night Ezekiel Elliott was selected 4th Overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2016 NFL Draft, that at one point in time there would be a Cowboys rookie who would be at the center of the NFL universe that wasn’t him there’s no way on earth you would have believed me.

The NFL Draft served as a moment in time where the Dallas Cowboys actually did everything they could to get someone else other than Dak Prescott. This is a subject that I touched on earlier this week here at Inside The Star when I discussed how Dallas lucked into Prescott. Sometimes lucky is better than good, so hooray!

So Dak Prescott has seemingly come from nowhere this preseason period. Except that he came from Mississippi State where, at one point, his Bulldogs were deemed the best college football team in the country. Having played in the SEC, Dak Prescott is aware of what the heat feels like on the big stage… a great tool for a Dallas Cowboys quarterDAK to have.

What Has Dak Prescott Even Done?

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In the Cowboys preseason opener, and the NFL’s return to Los Angeles mind you, last week Dak was 10 of 12 for 139 yards with two touchdowns to boot. You know that. Duh.

Last night Dak Prescott said great isn’t great enough and he started cooking with gas. Against the Miami Dolphins, Dak Prescott was 12 of 15 for 199 yards and another pair of those things that earn you six points and a chance for a seventh. Oh and did I mention that Dak rushed 3 times for 28 yards and another pair of touchdowns?

My fantasy football draft is tomorrow (fellow leaguemates… you suck). In standard fantasy football leagues this would’ve been good for 29 points. 29! That’s absurd!

Prescott has, under the noted caveat that this is preseason, completely obliterated any and all expectations that Cowboys Nation loyalists could have possibly had of him. To this point, the football has literally gone from his hands to the endzone more times than it has gone to the ground. THAT IS AMAZING.

Why It’s Okay To Buy In

Just a season ago Cowboys fans worldwide were well-experienced in sadness. We tuned in week after week to watch the Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore blended cocktail disappoint us in new, innovative, and spectacularly painful ways.

On the RJOShow Cowboys/Dolphins Postgame Episode I said that this is the most talent we’ve ever seen in a Tony Romo backup quarterback. That is not hyperbolic. Is it only two preseason games that we’re basing this off of? Yes. That’s how horrible the talent behind Romo has been, that two preseason games are enough to justify Dak Prescott being better than them.

What makes Prescott and his hype so unique to the Dallas Cowboys is that the coaching staff is completely catering to his play style. Garrett and Co. are not forcing Dak to play to the beat of their drum. They’re turning on Dak’s music, getting out a disco ball, and dancing like it’s New Year’s Eve and they’re seeing incredible results from it. This is perhaps the biggest reason why it’s safe to believe in what Dak is so far… the coaching staff is going to keep feeding it.

Where Do We Go From Here?

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At this point, Dak Prescott is the cemented backup quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. In addition to that (no big deal just the position that defined the 2015 season), Dak Prescott is the closest thing that the Cowboys have ever had to an heir for Antonio Ramiro Romo.

Cowboys Nation needs to sit back, turn on that Dak music, grab some snacks… and enjoy the ride.

This is a foreign experience to us. Don’t question it. Enjoy it. Believe in it.

For what it’s worth if anyone out there suggests to you that Dak Prescott should at any point in time take over for Tony Romo… well, you know what to do.

Show them the tape. Tell them the facts. Tony Romo is the indisputable leader of the Dallas Cowboys. We’ve just got some insurance now, which we drastically needed a season ago.

Suck it, 2015. We’re never doing that again. Not now. NOT EVER!

Are you buying into the Dak Prescott hype? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

Tell us what you think about “The Dak Prescott Hype: Why It’s Completely Okay To Buy In” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • George Johnson

    Dak looked good again. It is still too early in the preseason to establish Dak as the 2nd team backup QB for 2016. Lets wait and see how he does in the last two preseason games. However, it is looking really good for him at this point. It also could soon be very hard for the coaches and FO to considered brining in a veteran QB. He could in fact be the T Romo replacement down the line and the next franchise QB if he keeps playing anything like he has and keeps improving. I also don’t know to what extent the plays have been simplified for him or how good of a defense he has faced or how well he is doing in practice. I am pleasantly surprised with his performance so far. Since I am a K Moore fan I would also say I think K Moore would have done well in these first two preseason games also but not as well as Dak.

    • http://www.PigskinHub.com/ Jess Haynie

      George, I’ve razzed you a fair bit about your Kellen Moore devotion. I have to give you credit for being fair and willing to adjust your feelings based on what Dak’s done these last two weeks. Good job.

      • George Johnson

        Jess, Thanks. I do try to be objective and factual. I believe most people don’t when it comes to Kellen Moore. As best I can tell it has to do with his physical limitations. He does not look like an NFL QB, is not very athletic and does not have a strong arm. Most people therefore conclude he cannot or most likely cannot play effectively in the NFL even though he was extremely successful at the college level. He was one of the best pocket passer ever at the college level. There have been many QBs that were successful at the college level but could not make it in the NFL which makes most people feel K Moore probably falls into this category, especially with his physical limitations. These are all the same reasons he was not drafted. Hopefully he will get more chances in the NFL to prove himself. If he had not gotten hurt, I believe the sports writers and fans would probably already be starting to change their tune somewhat about K Moore because I believe he would have done really well against Los Angeles and Miami and would still be continuing to hold the 2nd team QB position at this point. He is a unique or special QB especially if he can play effectively in the NFL, as S Linehan thinks he can, because no one may have ever played in the NFL with his set of physical limitations. The bottom line is his other skills/abilities to be a pocket passer, other than his physical limitations, are probably off the charts. His mental/cerebral abilities combined with his accuracy and anticipation are the main abilities/skills that allow him to be effective at pocket passing most likely even at the NFL level. S Linehan has basically said as much and he should know. What is scary is I believe K Moore because of his work ethic, attitude, ability to learn, mental/cerebral abilities will get better with more experience/reps. I have not concluded his ceiling is just a backup QB which it may be. If he keeps improving which is very likely and if he gets the opportunity, he could be a starter someday for an NFL team. I don’t think he will ever be an elite QB because of his physical limitations.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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