Dak Prescott excels when throwing on the sprint

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It took the Cowboys a while to get going on Monday night. When they did, they often made it look easy, especially when quarterback Dak Prescott was running hard.

The difference between the teams last night came in many ways at the most important position on the field. The Cardinals, who love to throw the ball down the field, had a hard time buying time for Carson Palmer, who still has an arm by NASA but, in many respects, a body by LEGO. With the offensive line simply failing to keep the rush away from a quarterback whose feet seem to move the fastest when he’s not moving at all, the Cardinals were unable to do what they wanted to do.

Prescott did everything he wanted to do, specifically when he ran out of the pocket. Or, more accurately, sprinted out of the pocket.

His accuracy seems to improve when throwing on the sprint. Indeed, his two most important throws of the night — both to Brice Butler — came when running to the right and unleashing a laser-guided missile.

Three times he threw on the run as the designed play, completing two for 90 yards. Three other times he threw on the run after being flushed out of the pocket, completing two for 54 yards.

That’s 4-6 for 144 yards when throwing out of the pocket.

Coupled with his ability to use the zone read not as a crutch but as a well-timed change of pace, Prescott currently is capable of being as dangerous as any quarterback in the league.

And that’s just what he can do with the ball in his hands. His leadership skills quite possibly had something to do with running back Ezekiel Elliott not slumping his shoulders and accepting the fact that the Arizona defense was going to be able to shut him down. Though he seemed to be running in mud early in the game, Elliott eventually improved, doing just enough to balance Prescott, who quickly has become far more important to the Dallas offense than any running back could be.

Which could be the best news for the Cowboys as they move three games in to Prescott’s second season.

23 responses to “Dak Prescott excels when throwing on the sprint

  1. Extreme efficiency, leadership, and no turnovers. A lot of young QBs should take notes from Dak. No, he isn’t passing 60 times and no he isn’t racking up 350 yard games. However, that kind of play often leaves the offense completely unbalanced and the defense gets exposed. Which is the strategy taken by Redskins/Saints/etc teams of the past decade.

    The common storyline is that Dak is a below average QB that only looks good because of the line and Zeke. Show me how many other QBs can make a 50 yard precision pass while sprinting away from defenders. There are some but not many. Show me how many other QBs protect the ball as well as he does. Those skills would show up no matter where he played. Sure the Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, Carson Wentz, etc of the world attempt 50 passes but they still manage to cost their team games and lose. Dak’s decision-making is what has made the difference in his career thus far.

  2. As you saw last night, he’s is big for a quarterback his size, he’s like 240 pounds, which is why he’s good on those zone read options. His size is like tackling a linebacker, which makes him different than guys like RGIII.

  3. ^

    What game has Wentz cost the Eagles, he was the only Offensive player of note last year for the birds and kept them in games if anything. This year he’s been great and got them in field goal range for Elliots 61 yard game winner.

    Not to say i don’t agree with your assessment of Dak, just i don’t agree on throwing Wentz under the bus to do so.

  4. Never heard anyone claim Dak is below average. Just a good game manager with a really good offensive cast around him. Their is nothing wrong with that. It can win. Nobody is ready to put him in the elite QB range. Doesn’t mean he is bad by any stretch.

  5. Yeah. Dak is doing great. With a great RB, great OL and 3 pretty darn good receiving options. Let’s see how he does when he’s the only show in town.

    Oh, and Dallas fans – we TOLD you before the season started that your defense sucked. 🙂

  6. That’s exactly my point though. You can’t slap the “game manager” label on every QB that doesn’t turn the ball over and is highly efficient. As in other sports/life there are many ways to get to the same place. There isn’t one mold for a great QB. You can put up incredible counting numbers while also racking up a ton of interceptions, fumbles, sacks, missed first down conversions, etc. In this example, you see that he didn’t have incredible counting numbers, but he didn’t turn it over and situationally, he was/is elite. Dak could pass for 400 yards, have 3 TDs and 2 INT’s and lose more often than not like some of these other guys. But that wouldn’t help them win more games.

    It’s the same argument in “modern” NBA. Back in the day, Allen Iverson was scoring a lot and making a highlight reel play or two every game. But at the same time, he took 25 shots a game and made 8 of them. He went to how many all-star games and sold how many jerseys, but his teams were never really any good because of his inefficiency.

    Also you’re right about Wentz, sometimes I get too far into my dislike for the Eagles! He wasn’t the best example there even though I have my own (sinister) dreams of him causing many losses.

  7. Dak looked good on the sprint outs, yes. Not so impressed with the win over the Cards. The all world OL looks ordinary today, compared to last year. That was the strength of the Dallas team. They’re more vulnerable now.

    Arizona should have exploited Dallas’ rookie safeties. Arian’s play-calling left a lot to be desired. Fitz should have had at least 20 balls thrown to him…they couldn’t cover him! Arian needs new glasses because they failed him Monday night.

  8. skawh says:
    September 26, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    Dak looked good on the sprint outs, yes. Not so impressed with the win over the Cards. The all world OL looks ordinary today, compared to last year. That was the strength of the Dallas team. They’re more vulnerable now.

    Arizona should have exploited Dallas’ rookie safeties. Arian’s play-calling left a lot to be desired. Fitz should have had at least 20 balls thrown to him…they couldn’t cover him! Arian needs new glasses because they failed him Monday night.

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    You are a known Cowboy hater, and your bias drips from your assessment of this win. Yes, the entire Cowboys team played like crap for almost the entire first half. But nobody gets sacked so many times on a three man rush of those rookie corners and the rest of that secondary hadn’t covered the hell out of AZ’s receivers. Just accept that the ‘Boys stepped up and delivered, instead of kidding yourself.

  9. Yeah. Dak is doing great. With a great RB, great OL and 3 pretty darn good receiving options. Let’s see how he does when he’s the only show in town.

    Oh, and Dallas fans – we TOLD you before the season started that your defense sucked. 🙂
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    Seriously? Let’s see how any QB does when they’re the only show in town. Most ridiculous comment I’ve seen on this thread. Skawh the Seattle fan judging somebody else’s offense is a close 2nd with that garbage offense in Seattle

  10. Shawh, you might turn up the volume on your tv. Gruden mentioned it more than once that 40% of the offensive line has changed since last season. Leary left for Denver (he was their left guard)and Free retired and he was the right tackle.
    Please listen up when important info is given during the telecast.

  11. The all world OL looks ordinary today, compared to last year.
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    Isn’t that all the more evidence that Dak is playing well? The argument last year was the running game and oline was saving him but now, as you say the oline looks ordinary and yet, Dak is doing well.

  12. I’m not putting him down, I just think he is what he is because of defenses selling out to stop Zeke. You mentioned other QBs, but they don’t have the running game he has. The play action brings everybody up and opens big windows to throw in. He does what he is supposed to do and does it well. When is the last time a defenses main focus was to stop Dak. It’s every week for those 3 mentioned earlier. If and when Zeke is suspended,then Dak will show what he is. If he keeps winning he’ll get more credit.

  13. So far in 2017 Prescott is 67 of l07 for 689 yards, with 5 TD and 2 Ints. and has a QB rating of 88. Those are average numbers. Someone like Jared Goff has been much more impressive and he has a weaker offensive line. Goff’s numbers: 57 of 81 for 817 yards, 5 TDs 1 Int and a QB rating of 118. Wentz also has better numbers than Prescott. I would take either one of them over Prescott.

  14. ….. dallas’ safeties aren’t rookies. Their corners because of injuries however are. Assuming lee is ok they should be pretty much back to 100%. The next week they get their best d lineman off suspension. Just have to weather the storm.

  15. “So far in 2017 Prescott is 67 of l07 for 689 yards, with 5 TD and 2 Ints. and has a QB rating of 88. Those are average numbers. Someone like Jared Goff has been much more impressive and he has a weaker offensive line. Goff’s numbers: 57 of 81 for 817 yards, 5 TDs 1 Int and a QB rating of 118. Wentz also has better numbers than Prescott. I would take either one of them over Prescott.”
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    No disrespect whatsoever to Romo cause I was a huge supporter of his through Dallas’ tough times with him at QB but he spent most of his career putting up better numbers than a lot of other QBs and what’d it get Dallas? In fact one of the biggest knocks on Romo and why many don’t consider him elite is that he was all stats no rings. By contrast Aikman spent all but I believe 1 season (1992?) being outdone statistically by a lot of other QBs and Dallas won 3 Super Bowls. Ironically one of the biggest knocks on Aikman and why some don’t consider him to be elite is his lack of big numbers despite 3 rings. All I’ve learned from my many years as a Cowboy fan is that it’s all about SB rings and stats are meaningless unless Dallas’ QB has rings then stats are all of a sudden important. Keep your stats I wanna win.

  16. Goff has played the colts, redskins, and San Francisco. Dak played the Giants, broncos, and the cardinals. You can’t even compare the defenses Dak has faced versus Goff. Not exactly a good comparison. We shall see at the end of the year, but probably still not a good comparison as Goff is playing a last place schedule and in a bad NFC West. Dak is pretty good for a fourth round QB. Goff was number 1 over all and Wentz was close. Not bad considering you are even comparing them… oh and I like the 3 game sample as opposed to the 17 previous at which Dak had roughly a 110 rating in…

  17. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    September 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    Yeah. Dak is doing great. With a great RB, great OL and 3 pretty darn good receiving options. Let’s see how he does when he’s the only show in town.

    Oh, and Dallas fans – we TOLD you before the season started that your defense sucked

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    Dak will be just fine without all those weapons. He is a hard working, intelligent player will physical gifts.

    Oh, as for your defense comment? We have some work to do but we’re starting to get some pressure from our DL without having to bring the blitz.

    And your Packer defense scares so many people. LOL. Those living in glass houses…

  18. It’s funny to hear people say “Yeah he looks good now, but let’s see how good he does on a very bad team without any weapons at his disposal!”

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