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Can Dak Raise His Game To Another Level?
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(Football season is finally approaching. After a long offseason, the Cowboys are set to depart for training camp on July 25. During this final month before they begin practice in Oxnard, Calif., the staff of DallasCowboys.com is going to preview the 20 biggest questions facing the Cowboys heading into 2019.)
FRISCO, Texas – Following the final minicamp practice of the offseason, Dak Prescott wore a Stetson hat at his locker as he brushed off questions about long-term contract discussions.
“It happens when it happens,” he said. “I’ve got a cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy. Let’s say that.”
Indeed, it’s really just a matter of ‘when’ Prescott and the Cowboys reach an agreement on a lucrative extension. The front office has made clear he’s the franchise quarterback now and in the future. Only one NFL starter (Tom Brady) has won more games than Prescott since he joined the Cowboys as a fourth-round pick in 2016.
That said, the Cowboys need the best version of Prescott to defend their NFC East title and move further in the postseason. How much can he raise his level of play? That’s the next installment in our 20 Questions series.

Lindsay Draper: Prescott has a long list of accomplishments in his three short years in the league, but I think he’d be the first one to tell you he can, and should, raise his play to another level. New quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna told us he couldn’t believe how competitive Prescott is with himself, with the way he asks questions and challenges every detail. But if you want specifics, a notable step for him would be in ball protection and decision-making in the pocket. There were numerous occasions last season where he’d say in his post-game interview, “I should have made a better decision there.” Ball protection and decision-making improvements, especially in tight situations, would help this offense take big strides in the right direction.
Bryan Broaddus: I heard David Helman say the other day that in these situations, “You have to show me.” I totally understand where Helman is coming from here. There have been plenty of times where I’ve projected a player to perform a certain way only to see them fail miserably, but there is something different with Prescott. I am encouraged by the way he physically looks. He still is impressive but he doesn’t appear to be as heavy/bulky as he has been his previous three seasons. At a lighter weight his mobility should improve even more than it already is. I am encouraged by the way he was delivering the ball during the OTAs/minicamps. His accuracy I felt was better than at any time in his career. Instead of missing by yards, he was missing only by inches. Improved accuracy will lead to more big plays, especially with the receivers on this squad. But the area I am most encouraged by is how well he’s taken to coaching from Kitna. Prescott has always tried to do things the right way, but I am not sure he’s had a coach that’s worked with him as hard as Kitna has on his mechanics. A more fundamentally sound Dak Prescott absolutely has a chance to raise his level of play.
David Helman: I’m as big of a Dak supporter as there is, but the answer is obvious: He had better raise his play if his salary is about to cross the $30 million mark. Prescott has been fantastic far more often than not during his first three years in the league, but his consistency and is ability to diagnose a defense are things that will need to improve as he transitions into this point of his career. Fortunately, two things that can’t be doubted about Dak are his confidence and his drive. He looked fantastic during OTAs, and I expect that to carry over. I really do think this will be the best season of his career.
Mickey Spagnola: Sure, Dak can. But if you look back to last year, Prescott raised his level of play significantly the second half of the season when he completed 71.6 percent of his passes those final eight games, had a 12-3 touchdown-to-interception differential and put up a 103.4 QB rating. Look, this is just his fourth season, and quarterbacks have a tendency to continue improving every year. As for a history lesson, let’s look back at the first three seasons of Hall of Famer Troy Aikman’s career. In 38 of a possible 48 games in his first three seasons, Aikman put up a 14-24 record with the Cowboys. He completed 618 of 1,055 passes (59 percent) for 7,082 yards, 31 touchdowns and 46 interceptions while being sacked 90 times. His career quarterback rating over those three seasons was 70.5, with one winning season, one Pro Bowl selection and no playoff wins. And we know where Troy went from there. As for Dak, his three-year totals over 48 games read 975 of 1,475 attempts (66.1 percent), 10,876 yards, 67 touchdowns and 25 interceptions while being sacked 113 times. His three-year QB rating stands at 96.9, a 32-16 starting record, with all three winning seasons, two Pro Bowl selections and one playoff victory. That’s pretty high already level to begin with, wouldn’t you say.
Rob Phillips: Prescott just needs more time in the pilot’s seat, in my opinion. That must be the way the Cowboys feel too, because eventually they’re going to pay him a ton of money. I think people forget it took his predecessor, Tony Romo, several years to find full comfort in the scheme and handle everything a defense throws at a quarterback. A new contract will rightfully produce higher expectations, but Prescott has been among the lowest-paid quarterbacks in the league the last three years, and the scrutiny he’s faced outside this building the last two years astounds me. Romo couldn’t do anything right in some people’s eyes, and now it’s like he never threw an incompletion. What Prescott has done as a walk-in starter from age 23-25 is outstanding. Off the field, he accepts and understands the spotlight. Maybe that’s because he grew up a fan and knows the standard is essentially Hall of Fame play, authored first by Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. The more Prescott sees, the better he’ll be. We already saw glimpses of that in the offseason workouts.

Nick Eatman: That’s a tough question to answer because there are plenty of factors involved. But the only way the Cowboys raise their play to another level is if the answer to this question is a “Yes.” Dak has to get better if the Cowboys want to get better. In no way is that a shot at him, it’s just a simple fact. This team was a Top 8 team last year, losing in the divisional round. He needs to be better so the Cowboys can be better as a team. Here are three ways to help him. If Jason Witten is better than what they had at tight end last year, if Travis Frederick is better than what they had at center and if Randall Cobb is better than Cole Beasley – that should be just enough to get a few more points in the red zone and maybe a few more wins. Those things, along with play-calling that should fit to his strengths, will definitely help Dak be better.
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If we want to install a college spread option O maybe...otherwise, it'll take time...
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I have no doubt that Dak's game will improve.
Kitna will help make adjustments to his mechanics and footwork, that will improve his accuracy.
Moore will help him by making the offense fit his skills and giving him some options and diversity.
Improvements to the offense, more experience and maturity, and Dak being more comfortable in his reads, will bring improvement too.
Some folks look for facts to support their opinions.... smart folks look for facts to form their opinion.
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(07-25-2019, 01:12 PM)StarHart Wrote: I have no doubt that Dak's game will improve.
Kitna will help make adjustments to his mechanics and footwork, that will improve his accuracy.
Moore will help him by making the offense fit his skills and giving him some options and diversity.
Improvements to the offense, more experience and maturity, and Dak being more comfortable in his reads, will bring improvement too.
Of course you do...especially with a Kitna who was never an outstanding QB himself...  But his coaching accolades with his local high school, are certainly enough to sway your assessment?  Can you say, the "HYPE" mobile rides again?
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(07-30-2019, 03:46 AM)cellarrodent Wrote:
(07-25-2019, 01:12 PM)StarHart Wrote: I have no doubt that Dak's game will improve.
Kitna will help make adjustments to his mechanics and footwork, that will improve his accuracy.
Moore will help him by making the offense fit his skills and giving him some options and diversity.
Improvements to the offense, more experience and maturity, and Dak being more comfortable in his reads, will bring improvement too.
Of course you do...especially with a Kitna who was never an outstanding QB himself...  But his coaching accolades with his local high school, are certainly enough to sway your assessment?  Can you say, the "HYPE" mobile rides again?

I can say that YOUR "hype" is no different than any other hype, beyond that yours is all negative hype, instead of positive hype.  Other QBs who have played with Kitna say he has helped them a great deal.  The staff with the Cowboys say he's doing a great job, and that they've noticed a significant difference in Dak's footwork, mechanics, and accuracy..... but I guess you, the guy who thought we hadn't won our division in 20 years..... knows more than they do!
Some folks look for facts to support their opinions.... smart folks look for facts to form their opinion.
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(07-30-2019, 07:22 PM)StarHart Wrote:
(07-30-2019, 03:46 AM)cellarrodent Wrote:
(07-25-2019, 01:12 PM)StarHart Wrote: I have no doubt that Dak's game will improve.
Kitna will help make adjustments to his mechanics and footwork, that will improve his accuracy.
Moore will help him by making the offense fit his skills and giving him some options and diversity.
Improvements to the offense, more experience and maturity, and Dak being more comfortable in his reads, will bring improvement too.
Of course you do...especially with a Kitna who was never an outstanding QB himself...  But his coaching accolades with his local high school, are certainly enough to sway your assessment?  Can you say, the "HYPE" mobile rides again?

I can say that YOUR "hype" is no different than any other hype, beyond that yours is all negative hype, instead of positive hype.  Other QBs who have played with Kitna say he has helped them a great deal.  The staff with the Cowboys say he's doing a great job, and that they've noticed a significant difference in Dak's footwork, mechanics, and accuracy..... but I guess you, the guy who thought we hadn't won our division in 20 years..... knows more than they do!
LMAO!!!  As always, you don't have much to work with do ya?...  Other than of course the media bullshit you spend the day reading...yeah man...that'll get ya straight to the source and truth all right...lol...it's fact!  Haaaaaaaaaa...........
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(07-30-2019, 11:42 PM)cellarrodent Wrote: [quote pid='152' dateline='1564514570']

(07-30-2019, 03:46 AM)cellarrodent Wrote: LMAO!!!  As always, you don't have much to work with do ya?...  Other than of course the media bullshit you spend the day reading...yeah man...that'll get ya straight to the source and truth all right...lol...it's fact!  Haaaaaaaaaa...........

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What do you have to "work with"?  All you've offered is your opinion, and you practically brag that it's not based on any information from any source.

That stuff I read certainly leads me to my opinions.... especially when it's coming from people who have far more access to accurate information than I do.  Unless you're there watching for yourself, you're either getting information from others or you're forming an opinion without any..... I never form an opinion without any info..... who would do such a thing? ;-}
Some folks look for facts to support their opinions.... smart folks look for facts to form their opinion.
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(07-31-2019, 02:59 AM)StarHart Wrote:
(07-30-2019, 11:42 PM)cellarrodent Wrote: [quote pid='152' dateline='1564514570']

(07-30-2019, 03:46 AM)cellarrodent Wrote: LMAO!!!  As always, you don't have much to work with do ya?...  Other than of course the media bullshit you spend the day reading...yeah man...that'll get ya straight to the source and truth all right...lol...it's fact!  Haaaaaaaaaa...........

What do you have to "work with"?  All you've offered is your opinion, and you practically brag that it's not based on any information from any source.

That stuff I read certainly leads me to my opinions.... especially when it's coming from people who have far more access to accurate information than I do.  Unless you're there watching for yourself, you're either getting information from others or you're forming an opinion without any..... I never form an opinion without any info..... who would do such a thing? ;-}
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You're a tiring individual, no question!  Whatever you say is right...always!  Your info and sources are meaningless...regardless of how many news/media articles you read.  I realize you don't have anything else to do, but please...I'm not impressed with your ability to read news articles...I know you are though?  I wish I could find some substance in your words, but unfortunately...I really can't!  Get on with you're bad "hype mobile"...and enjoy!  There's a couple dumb asses that'll listen and buy into it, for sure... Oh, and btw...I read/listen to all the same 'bullshit' you do...and probably most fans posting do as well... You're not telling anyone anything they don't already know, so find another edge! Just a thought, of course!
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I don't know what you're here to do, but I'm here to discuss opinions about the team.
You questioned what I "have to work with" so I told you.
I'd be happy to hear about how you come to your conclusions..... about the team..... not about me.

If you see my optimism as hype, I'm OK with that..... and I have a feeling that the "hype mobile" will be burning up the streets this year! ;-}
Some folks look for facts to support their opinions.... smart folks look for facts to form their opinion.
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#10
I'm blown away...the 26th overall rated QB in the league last year needs 40 mil... Just crazy! I almost hope JJ gives the man his money...that would completely support and confirm my opinion of this org... Oh yeah...and while Brady makes 23...LMFAO! Whata joke! I'd send all three of these cats packin myself...
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Just returned from the keys after having taken 4 wounded warriors out for 3 days of fishing. I feel so fortunate to be able to do so. I see the resident drama queen trying to ruin yet another site with his childish rants. I'm talking about starhart, of course. Hopefully the site administrators nip this in the bud.
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#12
LMFAO...reality...whata concept! How bout dem Cowboys! Often times in life the real issue/problem is entirely overlooked, or simply disregarded based on "bias" by those in control? The good news is...the "whole" program doesn't amount to "jack shit"...as it's just a little DC conversation site! As a result...nothing worth getting to worked up over...
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#13
Excellent news about your trip, and your support! Hope it was enjoyable!
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(08-13-2019, 02:15 AM)cern Wrote: Just returned from the keys after having taken 4 wounded  warriors out for 3 days of fishing.  I feel so fortunate to be able to do so.  I see the resident drama queen trying to ruin yet another site with his childish rants.  I'm talking about starhart, of course.  Hopefully the site administrators nip this in the bud.

What rant would that be?  I haven't posted anything on this site for 3 days.

First you whine about Flocko, who doesn't even visit the site, and now you're whining about me when I haven't been here.

You're the kind of guy who keeps other guys away from the site..... maybe you could try to get along with people?
Some folks look for facts to support their opinions.... smart folks look for facts to form their opinion.
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LMFAO...some people just don't get the "jest" of shit either...it's like ya gotta spell the shit out for em? That takes time, and time is "money" for some of us anyway! A good read is "hooked on phonics"...highly recommended for the illiterate!
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