The Next Big Test: Will Dak Prescott Ever Earn A Passing Grade?

A certain quarterback for a first place team in the NFL has faced absurd levels of shade through the first six weeks of his young career. This would be none other than Cowboys’ rookie Dak Prescott.

And then there is Tony Romo. While Romo slowly works his way back into playing shape, Dak Prescott is thriving against all odds – the fourth round draft pick has taken the NFL by storm.

With Dak setting rookie records, and leading the Cowboys to a 5-1 record, Cowboys Nation has learned that the criticism that’s faced Romo his entire career carries over to any Dallas starting quarterback.

In a way it makes Prescott even more special for Cowboys fans, seeing how he has already handled and shaken off any doubters. From within The Star, Prescott has plenty of supporters, including former players like Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.

To get to this point, Prescott faced recent tests against the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers, both of which he passed with flying colors.

Dating back to Week 3 though, national media members like Colin Cowherd – who has bashed Dak all along – practically guaranteed that the rookie would lose these two games, along with the game in San Francisco that saw Prescott battle back from a 14-0 deficit.

Cowherd: Dak Prescott in for a rough October | THE HERD

Despite their impressive start to the season, Colin Cowherd expects Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys to struggle in October.

Will Prescott Ever Earn Respect?

Young quarterbacks that take the league by storm typically become budding superstars in the National Football League, but I already seriously doubt if Prescott will get this opportunity.

Everybody that follows football enjoyed the misery of the Cowboys 4-12 season just a year ago (besides us of course). These same people proceeded to have to diminish our excitement – or die trying to – when it came to Prescott providing hope for a life-after-Romo when he emerged this preseason.

Now that Dak Prescott is this efficient starter in his first year with the Cowboys, haters of America’s Team look as stupid as always. Even still, Prescott deserves even more credit for not letting any of this get to him, even rising to the occasion more when others expected him to fail.

The Dallas Cowboys are a young team with an immensely bright future. The world may never accept this, but Dak Prescott already has – that is all we need.

How Six Games Have Overshadowed a Decade of Work

Prescott has been so good, that he has a large percentage of fans ready to charge full speed ahead into the Dak era with this team. Amazingly, Romo’s lengthy body of work has been almost forgotten thanks to the energizing play of Prescott.

While I am a self-proclaimed captain of “Team Romo”, it very well may be recency bias that has allowed some fans to accept potentially never seeing Tony lead the Dallas Cowboys again.

Regardless of if he does or not, Dak Prescott is here to stay, embracing the situation he has been put into with the Cowboys – one of unfamiliarity. Prescott found himself in an unfamiliar situation as the quarterback of the #1 college team in the nation for some time at Mississippi State.

Now, he is the present and future of the Cowboys, making this writer confident enough to make this statement after six incredible performances. Will anyone else ever stop questioning this kid, and will it ever really matter?

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Sean Martin

Written by Sean Martin

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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