Dak Prescott wants to be “the best quarterback Cowboys ever had”

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Stephen Jones said last week he wants Dak Prescott to earn league MVP honors this season, giving the Cowboys even more reason to pay the quarterback a deal he “deserves.” Prescott wants even more than to be the best in the league this season.

He wants to become “the best quarterback that the Cowboys ever had.” That’s saying something considering Hall of Famers Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman wore the star on their helmets, and Tony Romo owns most of the team’s passing marks.

Prescott’s comment came after he was asked about the pressure of playing for a contract this season.

“It’s not any pressure,” Prescott said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I want to be the best I can. I want to be the best quarterback that the Cowboys ever had. All that stuff comes when you play the game well.”

Prescott, a fourth-round pick in 2016, has a $630,000 base salary this season. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has promised an “extraordinary contract” and executive vice president Stephen Jones said last week that “it’s going to be as he deserves.”

The Cowboys can reward Prescott with a new deal after this season.

105 responses to “Dak Prescott wants to be “the best quarterback Cowboys ever had”

  1. Well you didn’t think he was going to say “I want to be the 3rd best Cowboy QB ever”, did you?

  2. That’s a tall order….the Cowboys have had a few really great QBs. I saw an article the other day ranking the top 20 QBs of all time and it had both Staubach and Aikman on the list

  3. Well he hasn’t exactly had the worst start for a low drafted QB in a primetime situation. Offensive Rookie of the Year.. Last year was not as bad as people want to make out. This year will tell the tell (barring injury)…What do people want him to say, exactly? “I want to be the worst Cowboys QB?”…He’d have to be pretty putrid…he is probably top 5 already and its’ only year 3.

  4. Bill Parcells, when asked about Tony Romo being the next great Cowboys QB, he answered, ” put away the anointing oil,” I’m not coach Parcells but I will apply the same principle to Dak, he has proven to be a capable leader and qb in the league and many in and around the building are giddy about his future, but lets wait and see how this season goes, and the next before we label anyone, anything yet. Love Dak’s attitude though, he should want to be the best that is a desired trait in a qb (or any player for that matter).

  5. Says EVERY qb in the league starting for their team. So stop the trolling and hating! If your goals are not high, then your not where you should be.

  6. Agree with @patsfan4life. Love the confidence, now go do it. Tough road ahead, but I’m pulling for him.

  7. In his rookie year he was fortunate enough to be able to hand the ball off to the real rookie-of-the-year in Ezekiel Elliott and let him run wild behind the best offensive line in football. Last year he was less than impressive. You know what they say about a QBs second year–teams learn how to stop you. What makes it even worse is Bryant is gone and so it Witten. Bryant, while a knucklehead, still could draw double coverage. I’m not sure they have a WR who needs a double team on this year’s team. Losing Witten is even more of a problem. Expect another huge drop in production this year.

  8. Yeah and I wanna be a rock star. This guy needs help, he’s a legend in his own mind…

  9. 1 Drew Bledsoe
    2 Danny White
    3 Ryan Leaf
    4 Troy Aikman
    5 Don Meredith
    6 Steve Walsh
    7 Babe Laufenberg
    8 Tony Romo
    9 Dakota Prescott

  10. I guess it’s possible. If he can build a time machine, travel back to 1960, put a hit out on Dandy Don and Eddie LaBaron and somehow manage to take the first snap in franchise history….

  11. I really hope he goes the Tom Brady route and signs a team friendly deal. Give the Cowboys the ability to surround a ton of talent around you to mask your flaws. If Dak pulls a Flacco and starts to think he’s better than he actually is, and then proceeds to squeeze Dallas for every dime he can get, he’ll be out of the league inside five years.

  12. When you’re in a division and Eli Manning Carson Wentz and probably Alex Smith are better then you..not to mention in a league with Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Wentz, Stafford ect. Being the best QB in the league us a goal I don’t think he can reach. Plus, the Boys receiving Corp might be the worst in the NFC. Teams will put 8 men in the box all yr and make Dak throw and prove he can handle it.
    Dallas is going to be 4th in the NFC East this year.

  13. Dak will struggle as long as he works for the Cowboys.

    If he got on a good team, he would be much better.

  14. Remember that time a Cowboys quarterback won 3 Superbowls? Dak should focus on the making the playoffs…

  15. Dak isn’t a bad qb, he is above average really, sometimes he is flat out good. But he was exposed last season, and he needs to proceed with more of a game manager type approach that should elevate his status some. He does not make the team around him much better – the blocking up front and a good year from Zeke will carry the team if their defense/ coaching holds water. In its current state – they are a sinking ship.

  16. This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles is very happy that both of our quarterbacks are far superior to Dak.
    He seems to be a nice enough person. However, he is an inaccurate passer, prone to pocket panic, and very poor at reading coverages.

  17. Dallas, Please lock this guy up for 10 years and pay him 30mil per!

    -the rest of the NFC East

  18. Well that’s certainly the right sentiment but making it reality is likely to prove a bridge too far…

    Most of us from Dallas and Texas know that Jerruh has made too much money to ever put his ego aside and hire a competent GM who wouldn’t have drafted Dak in the first place…

  19. He’s a really good QB. A lot of stupid fans out there who show why they work in cubicles at data entry and don’t evaluate NFL talent.

  20. If he can’t be better than Aikman on the field, then I certainly hope he is better in the booth than Aikman (won’t take much).

  21. CJ Mosley said he wants to be the 2nd best LB the Ravens ever had. He has respect for those who came before him and accomplished much more than he has. Dak is a spoiled brat like Zeke who are destroying this team. Witten retired to get away from this mess.

  22. Sorry, but there will always be only one best quarterback ever for the Cowboys, and his name is Staubach. Those of us who grew up with the team know this to be true. Aikman was great, but he was not Captain America. Meredith will not be forgotten. Prescott has a long, long way to go to be mentioned in the same breath as them.

  23. He won’t be better than Staubach. Aikman? The guy has three rings. If he can be as good as Danny White I’ll be happy. White is very underrated, the new generation doesn’t even know who he is.

  24. Staubach still throws a better ball than Dak. Did you see that rope he threw at the draft?

  25. Realistically Dak has at best a Culpepper ceiling, but a Geno Smith floor, which is much more likely.

  26. These millenniums…. they just don’t get it.

    Hey Dak…..you should have said…. I want to be the best Quarterback that I can be for the cowboys next year and the years to come.

  27. Maybe the best Cowboy ever in Madden, but that’s as good as it will get for him.

  28. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    May 16, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Dak is the 5th best QB in the division. 1) wentz 2)Eli 3) smith 4)foles 5)dak. What’s the point in having an elite RB if your QB can’t stretch the field
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I agree, but I would flip Eli to 3) and Smith to 2) at this point in their careers. It’s also hard to tell if Wentz is going to be the same player he was and if he’ll even be ready. While ACLs aren’t career ending injuries anymore, it isn’t easy coming back from them. It takes time and his injury happened so late last season.

  29. I don’t expect him to say or think anything else but lol. He has a long way to go. He is the 15th best starting QB in just the NFC alone

    Rodgers
    Brees
    Stafford
    Wentz
    Wilson
    Ryan
    Goff
    Smith
    Cousins
    Newton
    Bradford
    Garoppolo
    Winston
    Manning

    The only starting QB in the NFC you could say he is definitively better than right now is Trubisky.

    Winston (closest to what Dak is now), Garoppolo (because of a limited sample) , Bradford (only because of injury history) and Manning (age and inconsistent) are the only debatable ones, but I would rank them all above Dak, right now.

    I wanted to make this list to put it into perspective for Cowboys fans because I remember last year when they were acting like they had one of the top QBs in the NFL already.

  30. usg1 says:
    May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am
    I don’t expect him to say or think anything else but lol. He has a long way to go. He is the 15th best starting QB in just the NFC alone

    Rodgers
    Brees
    Stafford
    Wentz
    Wilson
    Ryan
    Goff
    Smith
    Cousins
    Newton
    Bradford
    Garoppolo
    Winston
    Manning

    The only starting QB in the NFC you could say he is definitively better than right now is Trubisky.

    Winston (closest to what Dak is now), Garoppolo (because of a limited sample) , Bradford (only because of injury history) and Manning (age and inconsistent) are the only debatable ones, but I would rank them all above Dak, right now.

    I wanted to make this list to put it into perspective for Cowboys fans because I remember last year when they were acting like they had one of the top QBs in the NFL already.

    ————

    OK honest take here. Looking at your list I would place Dak above:

    Cousins – this guy is a stiff and cannot beat teams with winning records
    Winston – I don’t know what the infatuation is with him be he has shown nothing
    Eli – he’s done

    As for Alex Smith, the KC fans are going to be clamoring for this guy by Halloween

  31. usg1 says:
    May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am
    I don’t expect him to say or think anything else but lol. He has a long way to go. He is the 15th best starting QB in just the NFC alone

    Rodgers
    Brees
    Stafford
    Wentz
    Wilson
    Ryan
    Goff
    Smith
    Cousins
    Newton
    Bradford
    Garoppolo
    Winston
    Manning

    The only starting QB in the NFC you could say he is definitively better than right now is Trubisky.

    Winston (closest to what Dak is now), Garoppolo (because of a limited sample) , Bradford (only because of injury history) and Manning (age and inconsistent) are the only debatable ones, but I would rank them all above Dak, right now.

    I wanted to make this list to put it into perspective for Cowboys fans because I remember last year when they were acting like they had one of the top QBs in the NFL already.
    ***************************************************************************************
    Garoppolo with only 7 career starts is ahead of Dak, give me a break!, Dak has 22 wins in 2 years as a starter, Garoppolo only has 7 career starts & everyone is anointing him as the next messiah…..SMH!

  32. stucats says:
    May 17, 2018 at 10:43 am
    usg1 says:
    May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am
    I don’t expect him to say or think anything else but lol. He has a long way to go. He is the 15th best starting QB in just the NFC alone

    Rodgers
    Brees
    Stafford
    Wentz
    Wilson
    Ryan
    Goff
    Smith
    Cousins
    Newton
    Bradford
    Garoppolo
    Winston
    Manning

    The only starting QB in the NFC you could say he is definitively better than right now is Trubisky.

    Winston (closest to what Dak is now), Garoppolo (because of a limited sample) , Bradford (only because of injury history) and Manning (age and inconsistent) are the only debatable ones, but I would rank them all above Dak, right now.

    I wanted to make this list to put it into perspective for Cowboys fans because I remember last year when they were acting like they had one of the top QBs in the NFL already.
    ***************************************************************************************
    Garoppolo with only 7 career starts is ahead of Dak, give me a break!, Dak has 22 wins in 2 years as a starter, Garoppolo only has 7 career starts & everyone is anointing him as the next messiah…..SMH!

    ————-

    Given the choice, would you really take Dak over Jimmy G today? Really?

  33. @8oneanddones
    How about a more realistic goal first, like winning a playoff game.”

    The one playoff game he was in he threw for 300+ yards, had 3 Td’s had only one pick, and had a QB rating of over 103 in that game. The TEAM lost the game, not Dak, but if you want to point to something, how about the D not being able to make a stop when it counted against Aaron Rodgers. You simply can’t pin that 34-31 loss on Dak.

    Prescott is a very solid QB, and has the work ethic to eventually be great, but time will tell. He has the desire, not it is up to him to make it translate.

  34. nhpats says:

    Given the choice, would you really take Dak over Jimmy G today? Really?
    ****************************************************************************
    yes, i would take Dak over Jimmy “7 starts” Garoppolo who has proven squat and is way overpaid for his limited body of work. If your g.m. Belicheat was smart he wouldn’t have given him away for basically nothing. Looking forward to seeing who will be your q.b. when Tommy Boy is long gone.

  35. electricboogalo says:
    May 17, 2018 at 10:36 am
    Let me know if he gets half the stats of Romo by 30.

    —————

    Romo dingis jostlers should just go away. Who cares about stats. I spent some time in Dallas and the dude was a regular season maven. Put the pressure on him and he folded. Almost always. The one year he didn’t fold was the infamous Green Bay game.

  36. I understand that it’s a necessity for a franchise QB to have the confidence and desire to be the best. But, Dak should also have a concept of reality and “know thyself.” Roger Staubach graduated from the Naval Academy, won a Heisman Trophy, has two Super Bowl rings, was a six time pro bowler, and did a tour of duty in Vietnam and earned the nickname “Captain America.” Troy Aikman won three Super Bowls, was also a six time pro bowler, and gets to hang out with Joe Buck while possessing the best jawline in the NFL. Dak may need to learn the difference between confidence and delusion.

  37. If nothing else, Prescott may be the best running threat at QB that the Cowboys ever had (although Staubach was good at occasionally running for yardage).

    However as a passing QB for the Cowboys, he probably is in the same conversation as Gary Hogeboom.

  38. 1 Drew Bledsoe
    2 Danny White
    3 Ryan Leaf
    4 Troy Aikman
    5 Don Meredith
    6 Steve Walsh
    7 Babe Laufenberg
    8 Tony Romo
    9 Dakota Prescott
    =====

    Steve Pelluer thinks your list is bogus.

  39. Michael E says:
    May 17, 2018 at 7:36 am
    He won’t be better than Staubach. Aikman? The guy has three rings. If he can be as good as Danny White I’ll be happy. White is very underrated, the new generation doesn’t even know who he is.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    He was the punter. 😉

  40. crashdavis88 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm
    Well he hasn’t exactly had the worst start for a low drafted QB in a primetime situation. Offensive Rookie of the Year.. Last year was not as bad as people want to make out. This year will tell the tell (barring injury)…What do people want him to say, exactly? “I want to be the worst Cowboys QB?”…He’d have to be pretty putrid…he is probably top 5 already and its’ only year 3.
    —–
    Dak isn’t even the best NFL QB in Texas.

  41. 6thsense10 says:

    crashdavis88 says:
    May 16, 2018 at 8:30 pm
    Well he hasn’t exactly had the worst start for a low drafted QB in a primetime situation. Offensive Rookie of the Year.. Last year was not as bad as people want to make out. This year will tell the tell (barring injury)…What do people want him to say, exactly? “I want to be the worst Cowboys QB?”…He’d have to be pretty putrid…he is probably top 5 already and its’ only year 3.
    —–
    Dak isn’t even the best NFL QB in Texas.
    **********************************************************
    Deshawn Watson is NOT the best QB in Texas, he has been hurt and only played a few games, give your head a shake pal!

  42. Romo dingis jostlers should just go away. Who cares about stats. I spent some time in Dallas and the dude was a regular season maven. Put the pressure on him and he folded. Almost always. The one year he didn’t fold was the infamous Green Bay game.
    ======

    Tony Romo post-season QB rating – 93.0

    Tom Brady post-season QB rating – 90.9

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