Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott is better due to Ezekiel Elliott suspension

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The Cowboys are preparing for their final game before the end of running back Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension with both their 2-3 record without the running back and spot outside of playoff position speaking to the difficulties the team dealt with while playing without him.

During the three-game losing streak that opened their run without Elliott, it looked like quarterback Dak Prescott‘s play would also go into the column of things adversely affected by Elliott’s absence. Prescott threw five interceptions and no touchdowns while the Cowboys managed just 22 points, but things have gone better the last two weeks and team owner Jerry Jones thinks it’s a sign that the quarterback will emerge from the experience as an improved player.

“It hurt us to miss Zeke, but as far as Dak is concerned, we’ve got a better player for having gone through this,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I don’t recommend it for the Cowboys of course, but we got a better player. We got a better future because he’s gone through this period of time without Zeke.”

The three games that saw Prescott struggle were against the Falcons, Eagles and Chargers while his more successful outings have come against the Redskins and Giants. The standings make an argument for the level of competition having a lot to do with the change in outcome, but the Cowboys will likely be fine without further opportunity to test the notion that Prescott improves by playing without Elliott.

22 responses to “Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott is better due to Ezekiel Elliott suspension

  1. Finally Jerry Jones says something that makes sense. I think playing withought Elliot can only make him better. Teams that are built with depth can sustain injuries and keep rolling. It’s not Dak’s fault that there’s no depth on this team. I’m an Eagles fan, but I’ll admit that Dallas “at full strength” is every bit as talented as the Eagles. But the difference between 11-2 and 7-6 is depth. As good as Wentz is, he wouldn’t have had the season he had if he didn’t have Vaitai to replace Peters, Trey Burton to replace Ertz, Ajayi/Clement to replace Sproles. I think everyone was a little too quick write Dak off. Last year and the beginning of this year DID happen. It wasn’t a fluke.

  2. Dak only had one good game and that was only because the receivers took short dump offs to the house. I think there was like 200 yards after catch that game.

  3. All this has really proven is if you stop the Zeke, now you know without a doubt that Dak is absolutely no threat to beat you.

  4. Dak Prescott is good with Zeke, he’s average without Zeke. We’ve seen Dak struggle mightily against good teams with good defenses (Falcons, Eagles, Chargers). Then Dak follows the Chargers game up with a whopping 11/22-102 yards performance against the lowly Redskins (102 yards in 4 quarters..lmao)!Dak Goes as Zeke goes..period.
    People said Wentz would struggle without Zach Ertz, in both games that Ertz did not play in this season it did not phase Wentz at all,the last game he played in against gthe Rams on 12/10/17 demonstrated that, he simply found Trey Burton and spread the ball around to other receivers. Wentz makes the players around him better, Zeke makes Dak better..and that’s what separates the two QB’s. Wentz is a franchise QB, Dak is a glorified game manager who needs other players to boost his performance.
    Get well soon Carson..see you in 2018
    Until then the Eagles will be hosting two playoff games as the road to the Super Bowl for the NFC goes through Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. FLY EAGLES FLY!!!

  5. I’m sure getting sacked 12x in 88 attempts 0td-5int vs 10x in 259 attempts 16td 5int played no role in Daks “decline” and getting sacked 3x in 52 attempts 5td-0 int had nothing to do with his bounce back.

  6. It’s a proven fact that qb’s can’t be great without other great players. Football is a team game. Just look at Monday nights game, the great Tom Brady struggled by not having the Gronk in the lineup. For Dak, he needed these last couple of games just to adjust his game without Zeke.

  7. Apparently Dallas must always have the greates o-line in the history of the NFL. Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Zeke and Dak. Nothing those players ever accomplished meant nothing without the o-line.

  8. It’s quite simple, teams are going to lose good players it’s the nature of the beast. The difference is always the QB play. Great quarterbacks make everyone else around them better. Average quarterbacks can sneak through a couple games. Below average quarterbacks do none of the above. A win against Washington and the giants is nothing. I was looking forward to many years of eagles cowboys shoot outs. I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. Regardless of the hits he took (BEN, Brady, Wentz, Rivers, Goff) have allctaken as many or more, the guy can’t make throws. Anything over 20 yards is amusing. He reminds me a lot of an early Donovan McNabb. He needs Zeke, a new o line (they blamed the line play on the LT missing time but he’s been back and they are still awful), and a linebacker that can stay on the field. This current defense of the cowboys is not going to win a shootout. Being an eagles fan whic appreciates great football I hope I’m wrong as it is only his second season, but he’s the only second year QB to regress this year. I don’t blame injures for the eagles woes so I certainly am not going to blame them for the cowboys or any team. But I think this team has their eggs in the wrong basket.

  9. 7-6 record how good is he ? they lost a great running back but not an irreplaceable one. Philly picked up Ajayi for next to nothing, Cowboys management dropped the ball. Dak is getting great experience at doing something with nothing, but im sure he’d rather be 10-3

  10. Too bad he can’t play the Giants every week. Then the “bounceback” would be complete. I’m saying this as a Giants fan – lol

  11. In my opinion, as a Cowboys fan, Dak’s play is attributable to several factors. First, the Cowboys over valued the talent of their receivers and depth of the offensive line. They let good talent go (Ron Leary) and replaced him with Cooper who is not as physical. The cohesiveness of last years line has not been replicated with this version and they will have to address it in the off season. They will also have to draft or sign a big receiver with speed and who can run a developed route tree. I personally think Dak has improved from this experience and will play lights out the rest of this season and beyond. Again, this is only my opinion and I hope Dak proves me right. Just like Wentz improved with better players, you will see an improvement in Dak’s play when the Cowboys put better players around him. They better sign to difference makers on the defensive side of the ball as well. Defenses win championships!

  12. hasanwill says:
    December 13, 2017 at 8:00 am
    Dak Prescott is good with Zeke, he’s average without Zeke. We’ve seen Dak struggle mightily against good teams with good defenses (Falcons, Eagles, Chargers). Then Dak follows the Chargers game up with a whopping 11/22-102 yards performance against the lowly Redskins (102 yards in 4 quarters..lmao)!Dak Goes as Zeke goes..period.
    People said Wentz would struggle without Zach Ertz, in both games that Ertz did not play in this season it did not phase Wentz at all,the last game he played in against gthe Rams on 12/10/17 demonstrated that, he simply found Trey Burton and spread the ball around to other receivers. Wentz makes the players around him better, Zeke makes Dak better..and that’s what separates the two QB’s. Wentz is a franchise QB, Dak is a glorified game manager who needs other players to boost his performance.
    Get well soon Carson..see you in 2018
    Until then the Eagles will be hosting two playoff games as the road to the Super Bowl for the NFC goes through Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. FLY EAGLES FLY!!!
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    Well Dak has been available for every game possible. Wentz not so much. Wentz is the better QB, but his durability sucks. Second major injury in 2 years. Last year it was the ribs, this year the knee. Sounds like Romo to me. The problem is you are not factoring in multiple dropped passes for Dak. I will be the first to say he is not very good throwing the ball down field, but he isn’t getting much help from his receivers. Dallas had multiple drives stalled because Dez and Beasely dropped passes. Time will tell, maybe Philly will win a SB (finally), but they may also go down the drain due to 3 major injuries. The best ability is availability.

  13. eaglesmaina says:
    December 13, 2017 at 9:12 am
    It’s quite simple, teams are going to lose good players it’s the nature of the beast. The difference is always the QB play. Great quarterbacks make everyone else around them better. Average quarterbacks can sneak through a couple games. Below average quarterbacks do none of the above. A win against Washington and the giants is nothing. I was looking forward to many years of eagles cowboys shoot outs. I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. Regardless of the hits he took (BEN, Brady, Wentz, Rivers, Goff) have allctaken as many or more, the guy can’t make throws. Anything over 20 yards is amusing. He reminds me a lot of an early Donovan McNabb. He needs Zeke, a new o line (they blamed the line play on the LT missing time but he’s been back and they are still awful), and a linebacker that can stay on the field. This current defense of the cowboys is not going to win a shootout. Being an eagles fan whic appreciates great football I hope I’m wrong as it is only his second season, but he’s the only second year QB to regress this year. I don’t blame injures for the eagles woes so I certainly am not going to blame them for the cowboys or any team. But I think this team has their eggs in the wrong basket.
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    Tyron smith has been back for 2 games… Have you looked up Dallas’ offensive stats? They are pretty good, scored at least 30 in both games. You can’t knock Dak or the o-line for drops. I too was looking forward to many years of shoot outs but I am realizing, as you probably are too, that Wentz will only play in about half of them. How good will Wentz be playing form his back because he can’t scramble? That wasn’t even that bad of a hit and he tore his knee up. The best ability is availability.

  14. jrbtoo says:
    December 13, 2017 at 9:19 am
    7-6 record how good is he ? they lost a great running back but not an irreplaceable one. Philly picked up Ajayi for next to nothing, Cowboys management dropped the ball. Dak is getting great experience at doing something with nothing, but im sure he’d rather be 10-3

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    I dont understand your point. Dallas management dropped the ball how? They should have gone after Ajayi??? In Zeke’s absence, Dallas has rushed 142 times for 602 yards, which is 4.2 yards per carry. Zeke averaged 4.1 yards per carry before his suspension. So, tell me again how Dallas’ management dropped the ball?

    The Cowboys are 0-4 this year in games where the defense gave up 42, 35, 35 and 37 points. Keep in mind, they scored 30 and 31 points in two of those games! Had the defense not collapsed against the Rams and Packers, Dallas would be sitting at 9-4 right now and NOBODY would be questioning Dak. All QB’s go through slumps and his coincides with losing the best running back in the league from 2016, the best defensive player in Sean Lee for 4 games (where they went 1-3), not to mention getting sacked 8 times in Atlanta because Tyron Smith was out.

    You started off by asking how good can he be at 7-6 and they pivot to management dropped the ball…..dont see how either is accurate.

  15. Like I’ve always maintained, Dak will be fine. If you look at the stats, then you are doing it wrong, especially in the players first few years. Eye test tells you he is a gamer, shows up when the light is the brightest.

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