Dak Prescott sets new rookie passer rating record

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Dallas’s Dak Prescott is the best rookie passer ever, at least if you buy into the NFL’s passer rating formula.

Prescott finished the regular season with a passer rating of 104.9. That’s the best passer rating for a rookie in NFL history, breaking the previous record of 102.4, set by Robert Griffin III in 2012.

With four interceptions in 459 pass attempts, Prescott also had the lowest interception percentage for a rookie in NFL history.

No one saw such a rookie year coming for Prescott, who was chosen in the fourth round of the NFL draft in the thought that he might some day develop into a successor to Tony Romo. When Romo got hurt, it was viewed as a catastrophe for the Cowboys’ 2016 season. The way Prescott has played turned that injury into a blessing in disguise.

36 responses to “Dak Prescott sets new rookie passer rating record

  1. Dak played really well, and it proves when you have a great offensive line and running game that you can get great play out of just about any competent QB. No, not anyone could do what he’s doing, I don’t think Goff playing in Dallas would put up those numbers, but he wouldn’t be considered a disaster either. You can’t ever discount how incredibly important a o-line and running game is for any QB, no matter what year they enter the league – after all if you make it to the NFL you were the best of the best at lower levels, and most QBs, if given time, will look great.

  2. What a great rookie season he’s had. Something tells me his career won’t mimic Robert Griffin III’s from this point forward.

  3. So far, Dak is the real thing. He really stepped up and surprised many, including myself. Now we’ll see how he does in the post season, where the pressure goes up to Volume 11.

  4. Great for Prescott. Well deserved.

    Sad for HoF. This helps cement the faux “election” into the HoF that Jerry Jones has bought for himself. As if he had anything to do with Dak’s success. Truly sad that he will benefit from it.

  5. Dak Prescott > Carson Wentz > Jared Goff > Paxton Lynch

    Say what you want about the Cowboys “luckily” drafting him when they tried to trade up for Paxton Lynch…do you think the Giants would have tried to trade up to get Jalen Ramsey if it weren’t too expensive? They took ElibApple but I’m certain they would have chosen Ramsey if they had a choice.

  6. rootpain says:
    Jan 1, 2017 9:37 PM
    Great for Prescott. Well deserved.

    Sad for HoF. This helps cement the faux “election” into the HoF that Jerry Jones has bought for himself. As if he had anything to do with Dak’s success. Truly sad that he will benefit from it.

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    Like him or not, Jerry Jones has done amazing things for the NFL and his team. He may be amazingly annoying and a complete boob most of the time but you can’t question is huge contribution to the growth of the league and his success.

  7. Put Dak on the Rams and what would happen… the fans would be saying how the Rams need to pick another QB next year. Dak has made the most of the opportunities he’s been given, but when you have all day as a QB to scan the field, read the defenses and make plays, it makes the game dramatically easier. Dak has very good athletic ability to move around, he does a great job of not making dumb plays, but put him on the Rams and I don’t think anyone thinks he’s special – yet. I think they would say there’s a special guy here maybe, but it wouldn’t be obvious. Circumstances account for a ton and Dak probably has the best circumstances I’ve ever seen for a rookie, even better than Big Ben his rookie year. Not in any way that it’s a negative, but many QBs would look like MVP candidates in that same situation – but Dak, with his athletic ability, is certainly a big part of making that offense so difficult to defend. Will be interesting to see what happens going forward as he’s not a 4500 yards / 40TD guy – and that’s not a bad thing at all since he makes so many plays in other ways.

  8. Thank you Dak! Thank you. You help make my 2016 FFL year a success! Not a Cowboys fan but good luck in the post season.

  9. When you watch him play you’re waiting for him to wilt when the going gets tough, but amazingly, he steps it up to an even higher level. He has so much poise. He’s so cool and calm under pressure. So accurate. He extends plays. Makes all the correct reads and calls at the line of scrimmage. He’s only going to get better. Everyone missed on Brady and Montana when they came out too. In a couple months all the scouts and GMs will head to the combine again to see how fast the new guys can run, how high they can jump, and see how far they can throw. Will they ever learn?

  10. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 9:28 PM
    way to go dak! rodgers never had a “rookie” season, cuz he sat on his non parent calling butt for 2 years until favre left.

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    Yeah but even when Rodgers went to start all 16 games it wasn’t as good as Dak’s season

  11. rodvmunchiii says:
    Jan 1, 2017 9:57 PM
    Put Dak on the Rams and what would happen… the fans would be saying how the Rams need to pick another QB next year. Dak has made the most of the opportunities he’s been given, but when you have all day as a QB to scan the field, read the defenses and make plays, it makes the game dramatically easier. Dak has very good athletic ability to move around, he does a great job of not making dumb plays, but put him on the Rams and I don’t think anyone thinks he’s special – yet. I think they would say there’s a special guy here maybe, but it wouldn’t be obvious. Circumstances account for a ton and Dak probably has the best circumstances I’ve ever seen for a rookie, even better than Big Ben his rookie year. Not in any way that it’s a negative, but many QBs would look like MVP candidates in that same situation – but Dak, with his athletic ability, is certainly a big part of making that offense so difficult to defend. Will be interesting to see what happens going forward as he’s not a 4500 yards / 40TD guy – and that’s not a bad thing at all since he makes so many plays in other ways.
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    Troy Ailman wasn’t a 4500 yards / 40TD guy either. Now I’m not predicting the HOF career for Dak that Aikman had but Dak is running the offense the same way Troy did…accurately and efficiently with a great running game.

  12. Nobody’s gonna be saying the nfl ratings are sinking when it’s the Cowboys vs patriots for the Super Bowl in Houston. Winning a championship in our back yard. How bout them Cowboys

  13. defscottyb says:
    Jan 1, 2017 9:43 PM
    Cowboys will lose in the first round… book it.

    I hate the idiots that keep saying this. If it is so sure, how much money have put on your sure thing? Or are you too young to bet?

  14. To say that anyone could put up comparable numbers behind this offensive line and with these receivers, running backs and tight ends is just ridiculous. How did all those quarterbacks that they used last year and Sanchez today look with all those offensive weapons? He is playing better than a lot of veterans have with same teammates. Just admit it that Dak is something special and only going to get better as he gets more experience. Dallas is lucky to have him.

  15. Dallas seems to be building something special, good young nucleus. Another good draft and their set for the next decade. And I’m cowboy hater.

  16. dznutz28 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 10:44 PM
    To say that anyone could put up comparable numbers behind this offensive line and with these receivers, running backs and tight ends is just ridiculous. How did all those quarterbacks that they used last year and Sanchez today look with all those offensive weapons? He is playing better than a lot of veterans have with same teammates. Just admit it that Dak is something special and only going to get better as he gets more experience. Dallas is lucky to have him.
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    All the scouts and GMs that missed on Dak have been spreading this fertilizer around all year. That’s why I always say it’s better to trust your eyes than your ears. A lot of people out there trying to cover their behinds.

  17. defscottyb says:
    Jan 1, 2017 9:43 PM

    Cowboys will lose in the first round… book it.
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    How can they lose in the first round when they have a first round bye?

  18. connfyoozed says:
    Jan 1, 2017 9:36 PM

    None of us are prepared to dispute this record, mainly because none of us have any idea how to calculate Quarterback Passer Rating.
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    There’s a Wikipedia article that explains it.

    Now, that silly ESPN QBR nonsense is a mystery.

  19. I wasn’t familiar with Dak until the preseason Cowboys @ Seahawks game. Romo shockingly left the game after one play with a back injury and Dak stepped in. Preseason or not, rookie 4th rounder or not, I knew right away that kid was going to be a great QB. I’m anything but a Cowboys fan, but I can compliment a good thing when I see it.

  20. Prescott is having an incredible season, because the players have rallied around him. Even when they lost to New York to start the season–first time ever the Cowboys have lost to the Giants on opening day–and when they lost again to New York later in the season, the players continued to play for him.
    The reason why is because he doesn’t play like he has something to prove–he just plays. Makes his reads and distributes the ball. He doesn’t try to force the ball to Jerry Jones’s favorite player. Bryant disappeared for weeks, so Prescott went to Beasley or Williams or Witten and won. Or he handed off to Eliot, who also is having a beast of a year.
    Of course, they benefited immensely from playing behind a dominant offensive line. They also benefited from an overachieving defense. It’s remarkable, but Irving was on the Kansas City practice squad a few weeks ago, and suddenly he comes to Dallas and becomes a pass rushing monster.
    This team believes in itself, and that goes to the coaching staff, Garrett, Linehan and Marinelli.
    That said, the regular season is one thing; the playoffs are another thing entirely. Competition in the NFC is fierce. We’ll see how the wild card round shakes out.
    I’ve been watching the Dallas Cowboys play football since I was a baby in 1961, and I’ve seen this story play out many times before, expectations leading to letdowns. Win the divisional round, then I’ll have hope. Win the conference championship, then I’ll believe. Win the Super Bowl, then I’ll know.

  21. Full disclosure I am an Eagles fan. Sadly the 2016 Cowboys remind me of the Triplets. Aikman’s Cowboys had an incredible Oline a few years after he was drafted. Aikman got pounded into the turf in his first year. Prescott’s Cowboys have an incredible Oline in his rookie year. That’s the biggest difference between the two teams. I’m not taking anything away from Prescott. He’s been amazing. Really really impressed with him. But his arm is no where near as good as Aikman’s. As amazing as Prescott has been he’s still a ROOKIE. History is not on his side in that regard. He’s still has to go through Seattle. Assuming this wounded Seattle team makes it to the NFC championship of course. These Cowboys are kinda more like the Green Bay Packers with a rookie QB named Farve. Farve’s Packers lost to the veteran and already proven Cowboys in the NFC championship game. I hate to admit it but we are witnessing a changing of the guard in the NFC. Sigh.

  22. demskinsbaby says:
    Jan 1, 2017 10:28 PM

    So there is a dink and dunk record?

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    Exactly QB’s averaged more yards per attempt than Prescott did this year, dem. You might want to rethink your point. You’ll have plenty of time since you won’t have to plan on seeing Washington in the playoffs.

  23. Who cares about QBR? Is he a winner or not is the only question that matters. Up till now he sure as hell is.

  24. demskinsbaby says:
    Jan 1, 2017 10:28 PM

    So there is a dink and dunk record?
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    How do you like me now?

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