As the 2018 NFL season has been over for a week an a half now, the Dallas Cowboys have some questions to answer in free agency. However, there is one matter that should not be questioned. The Cowboys must keep Dak Prescott as their quarterback no matter what. He bounced back in 2018 with a career-high 3,885 passing yards, 22 touchdown passes to only eight interceptions after a disappointing 2017 campaign. He averaged about 207 passing yards per game in 2017 but Prescott set a career-high in 2018 with over 242 yards a game as this was seen as an offensive explosion from the third-year quarterback. Here are the reasons why Dallas has to keep Prescott as their quarterback.
First, he is a born leader, not afraid of any challenge. His intangibles are not measured in the stat sheet which those intangibles can be overlooked. He leads by example and the entire Dallas team looks to Prescott. This is his team ever since then-quarterback Tony Romo went down with a back injury in the 2016 preseason. The former Mississippi State quarterback stepped right in and led the team to a 13-3 record, number-one seed in the NFC, and went toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers in the NFC Divisional Round, where he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. This somehow gets overlooked as well because the Cowboys lost the game but Dak never quit. He purely wants to win.
Second, he is a pure winner. He currently has the second-most (32) wins at the quarterback position since his rookie season in 2016, trailing only six-time champion Tom Brady. He also has recorded 14 game-winning drives since 2016 which is the most in the NFL among all quarterbacks. Prescott may not light up the scoreboard week-in and week-out but when the time matters most, he makes “the throw” or makes “the play” to win a game.
After having a declining Dez Bryant, the Cowboys tried to work out a wide receiver by-committee approach which turned out to fail miserably. Dak had no receivers to get separation so he was throwing into tight windows almost every throw. This offense became the epitome of “limited”. And then All-Pro wide-out Amari Cooper came to town and it was a god sent for the former fourth-round selection. Prescott benefited immediately and became one of the best quarterbacks throwing the football.
Before Cooper arrived: completed 62.3% of passes, 8 TDs, 4 INTs, averaged 6.9 yards per pass, 88.6 QBR
After Cooper arrived: completed 71.8% of passes, 14 TDs, 4 INTs, averaged 7.7 yards per pass, 102.5 QBR
The results speak for themselves. Dak Prescott produced when finally given a talented wide-out such as Amari Cooper, who can get separation from defenders and is all around better than Dez Bryant, who was the best receiver he had until Cooper.
Lastly, every single player supports Prescott as this team is growing together. They have his respect and vice versa. This Dallas team has developed a chemistry with each other especially with running back Ezekiel Elliott, at 23 years old, and Prescott, at 25 years old, and even now Cooper, at 24 years old. Ever since Cooper arrived to Dallas, he has nothing but praise for Prescott. From day one, they have been building a chemistry that is necessary for a successful quarterback-wide receiver combination. The Cowboys want to stand behind Dak, along with keeping the necessary weapons and defense around him. Getting a new quarterback could possibly ruin this developing and growing chemistry.
All of this means one thing.
The Dallas Cowboys must keep Dak Prescott as their quarterback going forward.