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WATCH: Dak Prescott Talks Learning From And Idolizing Saints QB Drew Brees

RJ Ochoa

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While most members of Cowboys Nation love the players who wear the Star more than anyone else, there’s a large number of people who have favorite players on other teams. Maybe it’s a star pass rusher, an incredible pass-catcher, or in the case of Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott… Saints Quarterback Drew Brees.

NFL Films on Twitter

They play in the same conference but, @drewbrees = @dak’s QB idol. Where should the @Saints all time passing leader rank on #NFLTop100? https://t.co/GsZC5BrGUq

Dak Prescott and his Dallas Cowboys teammates are busy planning for the upcoming season – the 2017 Dallas Cowboys Schedule has been released and can be seen right here – and the rest of us are sitting here rolling through the annual offseason checklist. You have to go through the dog days of it, the Draft talk, the aforementioned schedule release, and sooner rather than later we’ll arrive at the NFL Top 100.

What’s the NFL Top 100, you ask? Every year NFL Network, in partnership with the incredibly talented folks at NFL Films, puts together a list of what is supposedly the NFL’s Top 100 players. I use the supposedly caveat because the list really ends up being not only a popularity contest, but an exercise practiced in extreme recency bias.

https://twitter.com/NFLFilms/status/806995301634625536

Back in December NFL Films revealed a few ballots cast by some members of the Philadelphia Eagles. If what we saw is an indication of how the rest of the NFL players polled feel, both Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are likely to land inside of the top 10, and potentially even top five.

While we’ll have to wait – this year’s NFL Top 100 debuts on May 1st, 2017 – to find out exactly where Dak, Zeke, and whatever other Cowboys end up… NFL Films tweeted out a video of Dak Prescott discussing another player – Saints QB Drew Brees.

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

@dak’s approach to shadowing @drewbrees this week at the Pro Bowl is just another reason he’s so incredible. (h/t @nflnetwork Instagram)

Dak Prescott has made his admiration for Drew Brees well-known before, specifically at last season’s Pro Bowl. Dak is quite the fan of Drew Brees, and that makes an enormous amount of sense. Prescott will turn 24 this July, meaning that he was 13 years old 11 years ago when he was growing up in Louisiana. What was 11 years ago? 2006, Drew Brees’ first season with the New Orleans Saints.

Drew Brees has been one of the more successful quarterbacks of this pass-happy generation that the NFL has been in the middle of for the last decade or so. Brees has re-written record books and then destroyed those very records time and time again. He’s the perfect pillar of consistent dominance for a young quarterback like Dak Prescott to look up to.

The Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints did not meet in 2016, nor will they square off in the 2017 season (unless they meet in the Playoffs). Dallas and New Orleans will indeed meet in 2018 per the NFL’s schedule rotation as the Cowboys are slated to play the NFC South. That game will take place in Dallas, and perhaps it’ll be the first time that Dak and Drew will get to go head-to-head. Whenever that day comes, Dak Prescott will enjoy Drew Brees, but we’ll all really enjoy Dak Prescott.

Tell us what you think about “WATCH: Dak Prescott Talks Learning From And Idolizing Saints QB Drew Brees” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • Russ_Te

    Reminds of when Romo thought he was Bret Favre… ;^)

    Of course Dak is much more of a prototype physically than Brees – bigger, stronger arm, better run threat. But it is essential for him to also master the mental side of the game as Brees does.

    We’ve seen Dak’s references and commitment to that already – and no rookie QB dissects pro defenses like he did, without a good grasp of the mental aspects of the game.

    He’ll only get better as he becomes a seasoned veteran. I think the one concern may be the speed at which he rose to what can be called the best job in sports. If Dak is not even keel (he is) – if it’s another person in that spot – it could bring some ego problems into the equation.

    That to me is what he needs to shut off as he completely takes the reins of the team now. Don’t turn the media on, just do the film work, take the coaching & run the next play.

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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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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

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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