Troy Aikman: Dak Prescott needs to be more accurate

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has no doubt Dak Prescott is the team’s quarterback of the present and the future.

“I’m firmly in the corner that we’ve got a quarterback that we can build with and have for years to come in Dak Prescott. Make no mistake about it,” Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan.

But Jones’ Hall of Fame quarterback, Troy Aikman, does have questions about Prescott, in particular Prescott’s accuracy. Prescott ranks 28th in the NFL in completion percentage at 61.8. The league average is 65.0, and three quarterbacks are over 70 percent, including Drew Brees with the league-leading 77.9 percent.

“He needs to be more accurate with the football,” Aikman said on KTCK 96.7FM/1310AM The Ticket, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I’ve said for many, many years, as long as I can ever remember, when I’m asked, ‘Hey, what do you look for first in a quarterback?’ The first thing I look for is accuracy, because the rest of it doesn’t matter.

“It doesn’t matter how tough you are. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or what a great leader you are. None of that stuff matters if you can’t put the ball where you have to put it. I’ve seen too many errant throws in that regard, and then there needs to be a little more anticipation. When there’s two deep safeties, you’re looking for somebody to take the middle of the field, and that should be your first read if you have somebody who is taking the middle of the field versus those kinds of looks. I don’t see great anticipation on what a defense is doing and how might I be able to exploit that pre-snap or as the ball is snapped.”

The FOX analyst later was asked on Twitter whether a quarterback can improve his accuracy. He replied, “Improvement can be made, but I’ve always felt when it comes to accuracy you either have it or you don’t.”

Prescott completed 67.8 percent of his passes his rookie season when he won the league’s offensive rookie of the year award. He completed 62.9 percent last season.

He has played better at home than on the road this season, completing 33 of 52 passes for 415 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 107.4 passer rating in two wins at AT&T Stadium. He is 0-3 on the road, completing 56 of 92 passes for 546 yards with two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 66.7 passer rating.

32 responses to “Troy Aikman: Dak Prescott needs to be more accurate

  1. In the booth outside the booth Troy says things that justify why he’s paid the big bucks to be a football analyst. QB’s need to be accurate with the football. Wow! That’s the kind of knowledge that can change the game. Next thing he’s gonna tell us is that they need to do a good job protecting the QB so that the WR can do a good job catching it despite the defense doing a good job trying to stop them.

  2. “I’m firmly in the corner that we’ve got a quarterback that we can build with and have for years to come in Dak Prescott. Make no mistake about it,” Jones said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan.

    It should be noted that Jerrah doesn’t actually watch the games.

  3. Troy is hilarious. He should have a comedy tour. Troy had a career average of 61.5%. Troy’s last FOUR years were all below 60%. Now remember this is Troy Aikman that had Emmitt Smith & a great offensive line.

  4. Funny, QB Troy Aikman had a career comp% of 61.5% with a passer rating of 81.6. This with a HOF offensive line, RB, WR & two incomparable dump-off options in TE Jay Novacek and FB Moose Johnson.

    Glass house, stones, and all that.

  5. He’s saying the things everyone within the organization and on the team know, but are too afraid to say. Except for Jerry…he thinks everything will magically work out.

  6. I bet Joe Buck was gazing at Troy lovingly the whole time he said these things.

    Dude has a crush, is what I’m saying.

  7. 3/4 of Dak’s interceptions this season came when he hit the receiver in both hands with the ball, then the receiver batted the ball up into the air and the defender was right there to catch it. Can Troy or anyone explain what Dak is doing wrong so he can fix this?

    While we’re at it, what can Dak do to make his #1 receiver (Cole Beasley) be able to handle any physicality or focus from the defense? Not blaming Cole at all, as he is a great complementary player, but he can’t possibly perform well as the #1 receiver. It might work in Madden, but in real life, a small 150 pound guy can’t do enough physically to avoid being manhandled and/or completely encased in a blanket of coverage.

    So should Dak be better at prescribing growth hormones, or what? Does he need to be better at drafting WRs? Does he need to personally spray stick-um onto his receivers hands? Does he need to train them in how to run routes, how to catch footballs, how to make an effort, etc?

  8. Last season the problem Dez and the locker room issue.. zeke was suspended the offensive line stunk blah..blah..blahh

    This offseason the complaint was no Travis Frederick the offensive line aint dominate. Receivers cant separate excuse after excuse…

    Can we just admit that the dude aint that good?

  9. If you watch the games, Dak consistently over and under-throws receivers. They aren’t angels either, with clear drops when balls bounce off their hands. So combine the two, and it looks extra terrible for Dak.

    The Cowboys approach all along (from the start) to handle Dak’s accuracy issues has been a conservative, low risk pass attack with TE screens, bootlegs, out-routes from receivers, RB screens and so on. Basically anything less than 7 yards or so. This worked to perfection in 2016. However…

    Problem – NFL teams figure you out. Now there’s ‘tape’ on Prescott. It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to load 8 or 9 in the box to stop the run; and configure the defense to aggressively attack the 0-7 yard boundary. This creates added pressure for the offensive line as well. From the 13-3 season, remove Travis Fredrick, Doug Free, and Ron Leary and you no longer have the NFL’s best line. You have two starters who were formerly involved in a line that was once considered the best. And one of them, Tyron Smith, has been battling a bad back the past 2+ seasons.

    Mix together this Dallas Cowboys gumbo and you’ve got a 2-3 team that is one dimensional that relies too heavily on Zeke and a decent but incomplete defense to save the day. One could imagine that creativity is paramount from the coaching staff, but true to their colors you’ve got Jason Garrett punting with 5 min left of OT at the opponents 40 yd line, Linehan often criticized for lack of creativity in play calling. This team has issues from top to bottom, and after such a terrible call from Garrett Sunday night, he’s lucky he doesn’t lose the locker room, if he hasn’t already.

  10. Dak wasn’t that great at Miss State either. You get what you pay for. And Jerry is going to overpay when his rookie deal expires.

  11. Troy Acheman is captain obvious again … we all know this, including Dak …

    I wish there was a SAP option in English (the British feed is awesome on Amazon’s games) for the games he analyzes, so I would never have to be tortured with him and Joey Buck again …. now I watch those games in silence.

  12. qckappa says:

    Troy is hilarious. He should have a comedy tour. Troy had a career average of 61.5%. Troy’s last FOUR years were all below 60%. Now remember this is Troy Aikman that had Emmitt Smith & a great offensive line.
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    You must be young. He played in a different era with different rules. Dan Marino had a career percentage of 59.4.

  13. Granted Dez never really got separation as you would have liked but when those 50-50 balls came his way he went after them all out and that is whats makes a completion percentage look better than it should. Speed aside I don’t see that type of receiver on this team right now to help Dak.

  14. I’m not out on Dak *YET* , All I am saying is look at Jeff Fisher, He ruined Vince Young
    he couldn’t get anything out of Foles, He had Case Keenum nothing, And he had already declared Jared Goff a bust. So let’s take a look at Garrett and consider that they are not developing him. So the 2 years Romo was Out he Could not get Wins with any other QBs, He is robot and can only play back the one program in his memory banks. For God sakes he couldn’t even move a tight end to help block last year in Atlanta.

  15. The FOX analyst later was asked on Twitter whether a quarterback can improve his accuracy. He replied, “Improvement can be made, but I’ve always felt when it comes to accuracy you either have it or you don’t.”
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    Translation: Yes, but no.

  16. “Troy is hilarious. He should have a comedy tour. Troy had a career average of 61.5%.”

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    Sorry but completion percentage is not a direct result of being accurate or inaccurate.
    Aikman threw the ball beyond 12 yards with great accuracy during the era when large defenders were allowed to clock you.

    Dak, much like Tim Tebow, throw the ball 4 yards, and wildly at that. I don’t need to be an NFL scout to realize the difference. Aikman was probably a better passer at age 18 than Dak is right now.

  17. viciousjay says:
    October 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I’ll still to this day understand why NFCE gets so much regonigetion
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    maybe because it’s the only division in the NFL where every team has won a super bowl

  18. Exapno Mapcase says:
    October 9, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Welcome to playing behind a Paul Alexander line, Dak.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________I remember many Bengals fans warning us about this when Dallas and Cincy basically swapped O-line coaches. I see what you all mean now.

  19. Jerry’s evaluation of Dak is the exact reason the Cowboys will never win another Super Bowl as long as Jerry is alive and calling the shots. He thinks Garrett is a great Head Coach too! There is a reason 31 other teams passed on Dak for 4 Rounds! Dak is nothing more than a capable backup QB and not even close to a Franchise QB at this stage and his lack of improvement in years 2-3 show he has most likely hit his ceiling. Their defense is the only thing keeping them competitive at this point and in today’s NFL if you can’t throw it you aren’t going to score enough to win consistently. With Dak they will always be a 6 to 9 win team depending on their division which is really weak right now.

  20. Dak was never a NFL starting caliber QB. He was handed the job based on a half of a season of a body of work. The Cowboys had a fantastic offensive line in 2016, Zeke had a ROY season and Dez still had some skills. Oh and some Whitten dude was hanging around too. Dak had the luxury of throwing against man coverages as opposing safeties had to come up in run support. Any kind of a decent play action fake and my dead grandmother could move the sticks. Now that the ‘Boys have no real receivers and an inconsistent running attack Dak is struggling. Accuracy flows from mechanics. A third year pro should have his mechanics down pat by this point. Jerry has turned into Al Davis.

  21. Jerry won 3 Super Bowls with a #1 overall pick in Aikman. Since then he’s tried to outsmart every GM, analyst, head coach, and cheerleader by trying win withQb’s on the cheap since. Dak is another example. Fool’s gold. Dallas need a first round talent at QB,…Dak ain’t it. He’s a premier…..backup QB IMO. No way is he a franchise player.

  22. Jerry won 3 Super Bowls with a #1 overall pick in Aikman. Since then he’s tried to outsmart every GM, analyst, head coach, and cheerleader by trying win withQb’s on the cheap. Dak is another example. Fool’s gold. Dallas need a first round talent at QB,…Dak ain’t it. He’s a premier…..backup QB IMO. No way is he a franchise player.

  23. To everyone who is comparing Aikman’s stats to Dak’s – just stop. The NFL in Aikman’s era is completely different than now. The NFL has put many restrictions on what defenders can do. Aikman was one of the most accurate QBs I’ve ever watched. If he played today, he would have completion percentages well north of 70%. Also, accuracy isn’t just hitting your guy with the ball, but placing it in the best location for him to run with the ball.

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