Like always, there will be a bullseye on the Dallas Cowboys as the start of the 2017 regular season approaches. However, the expectations to compete for a Super Bowl Title will be higher than ever before for “America’s Team.”
The man that is expected to lead the Cowboys to the promise land is second-year quarterback Dak Prescott. Dak led the “Da Boys” to a 13-3 record and a 1st round bye in the postseason last year.
Unfortunately, the Cowboys were one and done after they lost to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 34-31. With that being said the pressure on Dak Prescott to lead this team to win another Super Bowl will be even greater. The majority of you already know that when you are the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, it is the most glorified position in all of the professional sports.
At the age of 23, is Dak Prescott ready to take on the challenge of being the man under center in Dallas for this season and the foreseeable future? Last season, Prescott showed humility during the time he stepped in for the injured Tony Romo as the Cowboys starting quarterback. Unlike Robert Griffin III who handled his rookie season the wrong way during his stint with the Washington Redskins.
Robert could not stay off of Twitter where he made senseless tweets and demanded to the coaching staff at the time that he did not want to remain a dual-threat quarterback. Instead, he wanted to become a signal caller similar to the likes of Peyton Manning. In regards to Prescott, it has been an 180 turnaround in his first season as the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback.
Prescott has not complained about how the Cowboys coaching staff is utilizing his skill set in regards to the team being successful. However, there is going to come a time during the upcoming season where Prescott will have to be the absolute leader of this football team. There will be no Tony Romo around to lean on for advice or to shut down another Dez Bryant quarrel in the locker room.
The Cowboys have a first place schedule in 2017; it will be real easy for this football team to go through a stretch where they lose at least three consecutive ball games. Dak Prescott would be expected to rally the team if they faced significant adversity this season.
Dak and the Cowboys must start off the 2017 season on a positive note because if not, the team will fade back into mediocrity real fast. Also, do not be surprised if Jerry Jones pulls Tony Romo out of the commentator’s booth and onto the field as the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback if things take a turn for the worst this season.
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