Cowboys seek Dak-friendly offense in 2018

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Jerry Jones used the phrase “Romo friendly” a few years ago to describe the team’s offseason plans as they tried to build around quarterback Tony Romo and his strengths. Now, the Cowboys owner has revised the phrase to fit their current quarterback, Dak Prescott.

“It’s an offense that lets him be unpredictable,” Jones said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “It gives him the best way to be hard for the defense in the sense of game planning for him. I’d certainly love for him to be able to hurt them from the pocket. We’d love for him to be able to hurt them on the run — and to run. We’re not necessarily interested in increasing the number of runs. I think we’ve got a lot more options as far as how to get him on the run in the passing game, and giving him a better pocket and having better blocking. You might say protection, but the way to get that done is to be imaginative in the running game. Some of the college stuff needs to be thought about here. That’s a big part of the conversation that’s going on at the office.”

Prescott struggled over the last eight games of the season. After passing for 1,818 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in the first eight games, he finished the second half with 1,506 passing yards with six touchdowns and nine interceptions. His sacks also increased from 10 in the first half of the season to 22 in the final eight games.

He had trouble getting the ball to slot receiver Cole Beasley, with Beasley’s catches dropping from 75 in 2016 to 36 in 2017.

Thus, the Cowboys will tweak some things with personnel and in the playbook. Prescott also will seek to improve some things in his game this offseason.

“If you look at the track record of big-time quarterbacks in this league, the best players in the history of the league, not many of them play and had the success that he’s had in the first couple of years of their career, first rattle out of the box as a rookie,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “So he’s done a lot of really good things, but he can improve in every aspect of his game. His understanding of what we’re doing, his understanding of what the defense is doing, how those fit together. Physically, he can get better. The way he gets away from center, his mechanics in the gun, the way he throws the football, his decisiveness, his decision-making, all of those things can get better, and they will get better.”

18 responses to “Cowboys seek Dak-friendly offense in 2018

  1. If the Dak friendly offense is anything like Romo’s friendly offense for his career, then Dak better get used to not winning playoff or Superbowls…

  2. he’s just not that accurate. he’s a good qb, just not accurate. so you gotta have a very good running game, play action, and great offensive line.

    he’s a Russell Wilson type but not nearly as good of a thrower

  3. How can it get any more friendly? They have one of the better olines. They have one of the best RBs. They have adequate WRs. The scheme is as vanilla as it gets.

    Only signing the Hulk at LG, Thor at TE, Batman for gadget plays, and Spider-Man at WR, would make it more “Dak friendly”.

  4. There is a line between being friendly for a QB, and not developing a QB. Dak needs to start showing progress, so he can take the next step, other words he may stuck in that Andy Dalton mode, we saw how that has fared for the Bengals the last couple years.

  5. Might as well trade Dak too they need someone who can through the ball with some accuracy.

    Michael LaRocca, Editor says:
    March 7, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    Trade Dez for someone who can actually catch a ball.

  6. As long as Garret is coach doesn’t matter. We will still throw a screen to a WR behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd and 1. Get a fullback. A nice back up RB. And run 30-35 times a game. Like the 90’s!

  7. I still can’t believe they’ve been talking about his next contract. His third year will be just as bad or worse than his second. As a longtime cowboys fan Dak isn’t the answer at quarterback.

  8. Hopefully for him that means not letting the play clock go down to 1 second every time… other teams have figured that out by now JG…

  9. They need to run the Jaguars offense. Run, Run, Run, punt. If the other team knows you have to pass? Kneel until the half runs out. The problem is they don’t have the Jaguars defense.

    Seriously, DAK is inaccurate, can’t throw from within the pocket, suffers from predictable play calling and has very little in the way of WR for 2018 at this time.

    Good luck. If the Giants field a competitive team this year the Cowboys will be lucky to get to 8-8.

  10. JJ has such an astute understanding of QB’s, where is Quincy Carter? Should have left Jimmy in charge and you might have been relevant the last 22 years.

  11. So the team is going to use an offense that best suits the quarterback they plan on starting? Huh, that is very surprising.

    Bold move, Cotton, Let’s see how this one plays out.

  12. Dak as your starter and Dez as your number 1 wr is a recipe for 8-8. Not even Ezekiel Elliott and the best line in football can overcome those two guys. Dak is not accurate enough, and isn’t comfortable throwing 50-50 balls to Dez. Dez rarely gets totally open and Dak’s not going to throw him open because of the accuracy issue. Losing from the start.

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