Speaking with reporters early Wednesday morning, recently hired Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy divulged into quarterback Dak Prescott’s contract situation and predicted that the impending free agent will be the one to eventually lead America’s favorite team to a Super Bowl victory in the future.
McCarthy was very bullish when referring to Prescott, and even went as far as suggesting the signal-caller was capable of doing what Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did during the coaches tenure, saying, “I’ve been impressed with him since the first time I saw him play live up in Green Bay [in 2016] when they came to Lambeau there.”
The former Packers coach and Super Bowl champion also stated: “Defenses get you to the championship. The quarterbacks win championships. And I definitely think Dak is that quarterback.”
Prescott performed well statistically last season and finished as one of the higher-rated quarterbacks in the NFL. However, he failed to lead an under-achieving Dallas team to the playoffs and went a combined 1-6 against playoff teams. In those games, the four-year starter threw eight touchdowns and paired them with eight interceptions.
The Cowboys front office led, by owner Jerry Jones and his son Stephen Jones, have maintained that Dak is “their guy” dating back to last year. Still, they have failed to reward him with a contract reflecting that feeling.
For the first time since the last off-season, the Cowboys met with Dak’s agent Todd France on Wednesday to engage in contract negotiations. The meeting didn’t last long but the organization is confident both parties will come to a long-term agreement prior to the franchise tag deadline on March 12th.
Michael Scott’s Final Take:
At this point, the never-ending Dak/Cowboys contract saga has grown very stale. After almost a year since negotiations begin, it’s almost a certainty that owner Jerry Jones will give in and make Prescott one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. The team maintains that they don’t want to franchise tag him, which would be their best option considering time is running out and Prescott’s performance this point shows improvement despite inconsistencies in overall team performance (wins & playoff berths).
So, this brings me to the question: Why the lengthy circus?
It’s almost as if the Cowboys’ front office wants to appear as if they won’t “back up the brinks truck” for their suggested “franchise” QB, much like when they caved in last fall after a long standoff with star running back Ezekial Elliot. A show of strength by Jones isn’t fooling anyone.
The show’s been over since a Week 16 loss to the Eagles, and Dak is still unable to perform on a high-level when it matters most. Instead of rising to the occasion, he shrinks during the moment. A long term commitment guaranteeing him a predicted $100 million with an average annual salary of $40 million would be fiscally irresponsible, considering the jury is still out on Prescott to many not associated with Dallas’ organization or fan base.
The Cowboys’ “Super Bowl-or-bust” mentality may pay off, but the numbers don’t lie. Right now, those numbers are statistical facts condemning the idea that Prescott is the answer to a near quarter-century championship drought.
Tag ‘Em and wait, because these Cowboys are no guarantee to ride off into the sunset with rings in hand as long as Dak is at the helm.