Alfred Morris: Dak Prescott is our leader, the criticism doesn’t faze him

AP

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott struggled through the worst three-game stretch of his young career prior to last night’s game, but he never lost confidence and his team never lost faith in him.

That’s the word from Cowboys running back Alfred Morris, who said on PFT Live this morning that Prescott has a natural ability to brush off criticism and keep focused on leading the team.

“People were giving him crap about these last few games, throwing more picks than he did the whole season last year,” Morris said. “But it doesn’t faze him. He shows up to work every day like a pro. He carries himself like he’s been in the NFL for 10 years. People are drawn to that, like, ‘Man, this is a guy I should follow.'”

Prescott was better last night, with two touchdown passes and no turnovers, although he still didn’t have a huge game, with only 102 yards passing. It was Morris, who had 27 carries for 127 yards, who really led the way, but Morris says no one on the Cowboys was pointing fingers during their recent losing streak, so it doesn’t matter who gets the credit after a 38-14 win.

“We weren’t playing the blame game, it was just, ‘We’ve got to get this done,'” Morris said.

The Cowboys got it done in a big way last night.

17 responses to “Alfred Morris: Dak Prescott is our leader, the criticism doesn’t faze him

  1. 11/22 102 yards 2 TD’s for an entire game. Any QB could have done that. Honestly those numbers through 4 quarters are less than pedestrian. Dak is a game manager at best w/o a running game. Cows won based on running game, defense and special teams..Dak just baby sat the ball.

  2. 11/22 102 yards 2 TD’s for an entire game. Any QB could have done that. Honestly those numbers through 4 quarters are less than pedestrian. Dak is a game manager at best w/o a running game. Cows won based on running game, defense and special teams..Dak just baby sat the ball.

    very similar type of game we were used to seeing out of Russell Wilson early in his career, stat line wise. Dak has a lot of growing and learning to do but he has the athleticism, moxie, composure, and play making ability to follow a similar path to Wilson. At this point in his career, yes, Dak needs the complimentary pieces around him to perform but I don’t feel that is a knock on his capabilities. It’s very strange how people try to discredit athletes for having the benefit of good people around them.

  3. “better”, relatively-speaking. His arm strength and accuracy is suspect. What’s the deal with his incapability of throwing screens and to the flat properly? He’s nearly imitating McNabb’s to-the-dirt method.

  4. 11/22 102 yards 2 TD’s for an entire game. Any QB could have done that. Honestly those numbers through 4 quarters are less than pedestrian.
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    Yes…Pedestrian…that’s the word.

  5. Dak is never going to be Aikman. And I don’t know if he’s the next Russell Wilson either. He lacks accuracy, and that’s something you just can’t coach. But surround him with the right pieces (and have a healthy Sean Lee) and Dallas is “good enough.”

    We’ll see what the future holds. Not as bright as it once seemed 12 months ago.

  6. I tried my best to watch that game last night….

    Holy Crap! Both of those teams are awful!

    I couldn’t stay awake past the end of the 3rd quarter.

    It wasn’t the “best team won”, but more of the “team that sucked slightly more” lost.

    You sure do get spoiled watching Patriots’ football!

  7. ktoast, Russel Wilson is accurate with the ball, Dak is not. Russle can read defenses, Dak struggle with that. Dak is more Quincy Carter/Tyrod Taylor..he’s a flash in the pan who’s been exposed. Everything has to be clicking in order for Dak to look good..last night he almost looked serviceable.

  8. If you can’t process criticism then you can’t improve or correct problems. It’s not a virtue.

  9. I never thought DAk was all that special, especially last year with the great oline and run game. At least he played well with that, I guess, but now that we are seeing what he can do without the oline – it’s not seemingly very good. Hopefully for the cowboys he learns and gets better, because if they had a healthy romo this year (which would be a huge if), I think they likely would be up there with the 7-4 – 8-3 teams right now. They probably would have been 15-1 last year with romo and won a playoff game at least.

    As a viking fan, this is what worries me about Keenum and. knowing Bridgewater behind him led the vikings to an 11-5 year without much of the talent surrounding Keenum… that bridgewater getting a look could be real important for picking which one of them for next year (while people who didn’t watch the games in 2015 look at the box score and just proclaim “nope, teddy was never as good”. They also had Norv micromanaging Teddy (which could also mean that maybe left to his own devices he might not look so good at reading defenses).

    Things can look one way early on and quickly change in this league. If a team isn’t careful, they can fall victim by just looking at box scores and wind up with a long term contract for derek anderson etc

  10. Dak sucks. He’s lucky he played the “Bad News Bears” of football last night. The RBs of the Cowboys play the role of Morgan Freeman in the movie “Driving Miss Daksy”.

  11. Qbs are judged on intangibles not numbers. They are the leaders on the team and how their team follows them is going to determine many outcomes. If your looking at a stat sheet, you are doing it wrong–especially in a players second year.

  12. sikoix says:
    December 1, 2017 at 11:18 am
    I never thought DAk was all that special, especially last year with the great oline and run game. At least he played well with that, I guess, but now that we are seeing what he can do without the oline – it’s not seemingly very good. Hopefully for the cowboys he learns and gets better, because if they had a healthy romo this year (which would be a huge if), I think they likely would be up there with the 7-4 – 8-3 teams right now. They probably would have been 15-1 last year with romo and won a playoff game at least.

    As a viking fan, this is what worries me about Keenum and. knowing Bridgewater behind him led the vikings to an 11-5 year without much of the talent surrounding Keenum… that bridgewater getting a look could be real important for picking which one of them for next year (while people who didn’t watch the games in 2015 look at the box score and just proclaim “nope, teddy was never as good”. They also had Norv micromanaging Teddy (which could also mean that maybe left to his own devices he might not look so good at reading defenses).

    Things can look one way early on and quickly change in this league. If a team isn’t careful, they can fall victim by just looking at box scores and wind up with a long term contract for derek anderson etc

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    Teddy Bridgewater? Please child…..

  13. Morris should thank James Crowder for being the best Cowboy in the 1st half last night. He had more to do with the win than Dak. He had a walk in TD go off his fingers causing an int. The very next offensive play he fumbles again at the 50. The next play the redskins run is at their own 1 inch line. He even had what should’ve been a 3rd fumble later in the half and several dropped passes.

    But sure .. it was all DAK and his 40 yards passing in the 1st half.

  14. redlikethepig says:
    December 1, 2017 at 11:03 am
    If you can’t process criticism then you can’t improve or correct problems. It’s not a virtue.

    not being phased by criticism is not the same as not listening to and processing criticism that comes from people who have a vested interest in your success. I believe this quote refers to media, fan, and other outside criticism that has been flying around. An athlete not being phased by what the peanut gallery has to say is different from an athlete not listening to construction criticisms that may be provided from the coaching staff and other internal parties. Dak is exceptionally smart and driven and I am sure he listens to what he coaches have to say in order to get better.

  15. Qb’s have bad games, All of them do what about Big Ben his whole career and no one calls him a game manager he can’t read a defense to say his life. Get off the Kid he is in his second year He will bounce back and all the couch GM’s will swear they never said this or that. Just like those saying Clowney is a bust and Khalil Mack was better what is Mack doing this year.

  16. Zak will be fine! Whether it’s managing the offense (whatever that means) or making a big play, he’ll figure it out. Save “pedestrian” for guys like Alex Smith, Andy Dalton, Bortles, etc. Zak is on his way up, they are not!

  17. cobrala2 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 9:22 am

    “better”, relatively-speaking. His arm strength and accuracy is suspect. What’s the deal with his incapability of throwing screens and to the flat properly? He’s nearly imitating McNabb’s to-the-dirt method.
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    Um the quick post route to Dez and the TD to Witten were both pinpoint throws where he ripped the ball in there. He misses some throws at times, but it’s more about footwork. Arm strength is certainly not a question for Dak. You sure you’ve watched many of his games?

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