Stephen Jones: ‘Scary to think’ what Dak Prescott can accomplish
As the dust settles following a profoundly disappointing end to what otherwise was a magical season, the Dallas Cowboys have begun the process of looking forward to the 2017 NFL season.
The pain of Sunday’s heartbreaking 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers obviously remains fresh. But the Cowboys have no reason but to have optimism looking forward, especially when it comes to the phenomenal play of two offensive rookies, Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones recently was interviewed on “The Fan” on KRLD-FM (105.3). Among other topics, Jones was asked after only one season how Prescott measures up to the the four remaining quarterbacks in the hunt for a Super Bowl berth: Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.
“It’s amazing what he accomplished this year,” Jones said of the rookie quarterback, via The Dallas Morning News. “… But I do think Dak has a great future with the Cowboys. I think he’s got a chance to be one of the great ones.”
With Romo’s fate with the Cowboys all but sealed — despite anything owner/general manager Jerry Jones has to say — it’s clear the team will be hitching their wagon to Prescott going forward. And for good reason.
“He accomplished some rare feats this year for a rookie quarterback,” Jones said. “There’s no reason to believe with his work ethic, his leadership, his insatiable appetite to want to compete to want to be great, to want to be the best is only going to make him better. Boy, that’s scary to think because he’s certainly, in my opinion, one of the top quarterbacks in the league this year.”
A scary proposition, indeed Prescott earned PFWA All-Rookie honors for a 13-3 season when he passed for 3,667 yards, completed 67.8 percent of his passes, threw for 23 touchdowns to only four interceptions for a 104.9 quarterback rating.
A great rookie season of course doesn’t assure future success, just as a rough rookie season for a quarterback doesn’t necessarily guarantee failure going forward. But it’s far better to build on the former, not the latter. Just ask the Cowboys.