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Dak Prescott working on eliminating “potential Kryptonite”

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Dak Prescott arguably had the best rookie season for a quarterback in history. He went 13-3 as the starter with 3,667 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, only four interceptions and a 104.9 passer rating.

Whether it was easy or not, Prescott made his rookie season look that way.

Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, though, has warned Prescott that defensive coordinators have spent the offseason studying Prescott’s every move.

“You’ve got to build on the good things,” Linehan said, via Matt Mosley and Ed Weder on The Doomsday Podcast. “There were a lot of good things for a young player, but you know they will be gunning for him, studying him a little bit more. You’re not going to sneak up on anybody. They’re going to find out what it is about your game that is strong and what maybe wasn’t as good, and you really dig deep and you study. You say, ‘Hey, I’ve got to be better against this certain, whether it’s this blitz or this coverage they might be working on, my potential Kryptonite so to speak.’ So I think you’ve really got to hone in on that and be a little proactive with it.”

Everyone — from Jerry Jones to Jason Garrett to rookie teammates — has spent the offseason lauding Prescott’s work ethic, which Linehan calls “rare.” Prescott hasn’t sat idly by waiting for defensive coordinators to catch up with him.

“Every day we give him something more,” Linehan said. “It just makes sense to do in a systematic and timely fashion. I don’t think you say, ‘Hey, Dak, in your second year you need to do 10 times more.’ You need to do a few things more every day, just like you did last year. Where you started the season isn’t where you finished. We were doing things at the end of the year we didn’t even dream of doing at the beginning of the year, but there is a time factor that needs to go by.

“…Our job is to put him in a position to succeed and his job is to go out and the execute the plays we call in the situations that we’re in. That’s probably one of his best attributes is he plays his position. He takes it to another level based on a guy who does all the intangible stuff that some guys just don’t get. He’s got that part. The mental side, the experience side, that comes with daily reps and really off the field preparation that he does. He’s got some rare work ethic type stuff.”

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  1. nhpats says: Jun 26, 2017 6:55 PM

    23 Tds = 1.4 per game….a little better than Teddy Bridgewater

  2. tonebones says: Jun 26, 2017 7:18 PM

    Dak Prescott was not supposed to be the starter. I don’t even think he was supposed to be the backup. He probably received less coaching prior to the beginning of the season, than any starting QB in history. Yet, he had perhaps the greatest rookie season in history. Dak has completely screwed up that entire conversation about colleges not preparing QBs for the pros, and how it takes several years for a young QB to get acclimated to the pro defenses. Dak pretty much checked every box last year. I don’t think he even scratched the surface. Dallas is going to the super bowl. Get used to it!

  3. akiraclass says: Jun 26, 2017 7:26 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jun 26, 2017 6:55 PM
    23 Tds = 1.4 per game….a little better than Teddy Bridgewater

    He also had 6 rushing TDs so that makes it 29 TDs. Plus he had EE who scored 15 rushing TDs.

  4. jsrdc says: Jun 26, 2017 7:37 PM

    @ nhpats says:

    “23 Tds = 1.4 per game….a little better than Teddy Bridgewater”

    Thanks for the laugh! What a ridiculous post and feeble attempt to downplay Dak’s record setting-rookie season with such a inept stat.

    Prescott had 23 TD’s, with 4 picks, 6 rushing TD’s (conveniently you didn’t mention that stat, which makes Dak a dual threat). Bridgewater had 14 TD’s his first year, with 12 picks, and Bridgewater also had only 1 rushing TD his rookie year. Dak had a passing rating of 104.9 (the best EVER from a rookie) whereas Bridgewater had a 85.2 passer rating his rookie year. There is no comparison.

    What a laughable attempt, as we all know stats can be manipulated to make ridiculous arguments. With that said, Dak’s passing TD’s, interceptions, rushing TD’s, completion percentage, and his wins/losses are what actually count, not his “TD ratio per game”, which accounts for NOTHING except for feeble hater attempts to downplay his stellar season. Dak also led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, whereas Bridgewater went 7-9. WOW.

    You need to try a LOT harder bro, although you provided myself and many others with a good laugh. The stench from your post was detected in space…..

  5. nhpats says: Jun 26, 2017 7:40 PM

    tonebones says:
    Jun 26, 2017 7:18 PM
    Dak Prescott was not supposed to be the starter. I don’t even think he was supposed to be the backup. He probably received less coaching prior to the beginning of the season, than any starting QB in history. Yet, he had perhaps the greatest rookie season in history. Dak has completely screwed up that entire conversation about colleges not preparing QBs for the pros, and how it takes several years for a young QB to get acclimated to the pro defenses. Dak pretty much checked every box last year. I don’t think he even scratched the surface. Dallas is going to the super bowl. Get used to it!

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    Maybe he should focus on winning a single postseason game first

  6. streetyson says: Jun 26, 2017 8:02 PM

    It was a good-enough first season but we’ve been here before with so many young/new QBs. Last year he wasn’t even on opposing teams’ radars until Romo’s injury in the 3rd preseason game. And you can see by the last few weeks of the season his stats/performances ebb away as opponents built up tape:
    Wk 12 – 195yds 1TD in close home win v Skins
    Wk 13 – 139yds 1TD in 2-point away win @Vikes
    Wk 14 – 165yds 1TD, 2INT in loss @Giants
    Wk 15 – 279yds (no TD or INT) in home win v Bucs
    Wk 16 – 212yds 3TD in home win v Lions*
    Wk 17 – (did not play)
    The only seemingly big win was v Lions but Stafford was already playing injured by then and lost his last 3 games.

    Then came Dallas’ home playoff loss – Dak played ok but Pack’s D were poor and Dak still threw a critical INT.

    Beware Boys, next season will be tough, much like wk12 onwards last season. Dak will prob get a ring, but still a few years away.

  7. vicksdawgpound says: Jun 26, 2017 8:03 PM

    Just to stick with the division. Nick Foles did it too yeah he wasn’t a rookie but it was only season 2. QBs have to put together a few good seasons in a row for me to buy in to them now a days.

  8. cookerduff123 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:24 PM

    As well as he played, everyone knows what his kryptonite will be: Dallas Cowboys culture. Zeke dipped his toes in it last year when he ripped that chick’s top off in front of a bunch of people. It’s unavoidable.

  9. jimbo75025 says: Jun 26, 2017 8:42 PM

    Not a Cowboy fan, but Prescott seems to be a decent, humble guy.

    Gotta also think that some of his initial success was due to the fact that he was basically a 4 year starter in college. Seems like he was around at Miss State forever and a day.

    All that field experience in college paid off handsomely during his rookie year.

  10. sportoficionado says: Jun 26, 2017 8:49 PM

    All Dak has to do is keep his head down and keep grinding, listing to his coaches and tuning out the noise. He has enough help around him that he doesn’t have to do everything, and that is the brilliance of Dak, he does more by doing less–like throwing less ints and negative plays.

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 26, 2017 9:40 PM

    Man, I love this kid. … Why oh why does he have to be a Cowboy?!?

  12. laserw says: Jun 26, 2017 10:12 PM

    This fraud of a QB better learn how to handle a pass rush without running like a little girl from it – he has one of the worst passer ratings under pass rushes of any QB. The Giants exposed this fraud for what he is – yet another running back who thinks he can throw – and he can’t handle it when having to do it under pressure.

    Losing season coming up – one of the worst drops in performance in NFL history during a second year.

  13. jerrysglassescleaner says: Jun 27, 2017 12:35 AM

    If you watched Dallas Vs Green bay divisional game AND have decent football IQ, That is enough to tell you Dak is the REAL DEAL! Wentz didn’t even cracked top 100. Not far from top 200. Dak is in the top 15. Peers opinions NOT bs fan polls. Sanchez couldn’t handle this loaded offense. Neither could Cassell. Future is bright in Dallas.

  14. bleedingfacemask says: Jun 27, 2017 12:40 AM

    “Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, though, has warned Prescott that defensive coordinators have spent the offseason studying Prescott’s every move.”

    That’s what Russell Wilson was told after his rookie season, for which he won a playoff game and came within a half-minute of winning another to advance to the NFCC game. He went on to win a Super Bowl that following season.

    So Dak has some recent history to show how possible it is. And with the running back he has, and the vastly superior O-line compared to Seattle, I wouldn’t bet against the Cowboys running the tables in 2017.

  15. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jun 27, 2017 7:13 AM

    “…Our job is to put him in a position to succeed ” – then why didn’t you guys keep the O line together? That’s how a rookie QB got to look as great as he did.

  16. ravishingronald says: Jun 27, 2017 10:33 AM

    Is there a team with a bigger bunch of cheerleaders every year? Romo had ebola, Romo survived the plague, Dak learned something everyday….. it gets nauseating.

  17. co99622 says: Jun 28, 2017 1:31 PM

    anonymousnevermindfishdeath says:
    Jun 27, 2017 7:13 AM
    “…Our job is to put him in a position to succeed ” – then why didn’t you guys keep the O line together? That’s how a rookie QB got to look as great as he did.
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    Well to be fair they were going to have way overpay for a guard when they his replacement there already and the other one retired and would have been a first round pick if not for the uncertainty there to take his place.

    They have 4 1st round picks and the 5th would have been. I don’t see the line as the problem.

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