The Locker Room: Dak Attack
Written by: invinceable
As I type this, I can’t help but wonder where the hell the Cowboys are headed this season. The ‘Boys are 4-3, second in their division, and could possibly be without their starting RB for the next 6 weeks. Like any other human being, I’ve been trying to find someone or something to point my finger at and blame for the Zeke issue, but have had no luck. So instead of sulking about it, I decided to try and play Monday Morning QB to help my ‘Boys continue their, as of late, winning ways. And so of course that all starts with arguably our best player, outside of Zeke, Rayne Dakota “Dak” Prescott.
My issue with the Cowboys have always been with their running game, or lack there of. Prior to Dak arriving, we damn near relied on the arm of Tony Romo on every offensive snap. Yeah we had a few years with Demarco Murray, which was obviously not enough of a sample size to get us to at least a NFC Championship game. Then we draft an explosive back out of Ohio State, thinking this was finally going to be the back that helped take some of the load off Tony. Well we were all wrong. Instead, Tony got hurt, as usual, and we had to turn to some 4th round pick from Mississippi State University; except, he wasn’t “just some pick.” Dak, just a year prior, had his Bulldogs ranked #1 for the first time in program history, eventually leading them to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Orange Bowl. He was a record breaking QB that just happened to fall to us at the 135th pick. The rest is history. Dak is now the starting QB for the Dallas Cowboys, except now may have to go into battle without his backfield mate sooner rather than later.
Why is this any different than Tony not having a top tier RB/running game? Well because Tony liked turning the ball over, so we never had a running game to fall back on when he did. I swear it was like that man was in a bad spot with some bad people, forcing him to throw a pick or fumble a ball in the most inopportune times. Tony won us games, but lost us the important ones. Dak, on the other hand, is careful with the ball. He is always careful with how he approaches a throw or a scramble. Personally, I think its because he has bigger hands than Tony “Baby Hands” Romo, which is why you don’t see the ball slipping out anywhere near as often as you did with Tony. But that’s neither here nor there at this point, I’m still waiting on those test results. Ball security is always and should always be priority #1. If Dak can stay confident with his arm and continue to focus on ball security, I believe they’ll have a great chance of winning their division. The offense should open up for him and when it does, he’ll be ready. Until we can get an absolute on what will happen with Zeke, the offense will have to revolve around the running game. But when the time comes, Dak will more than be capable of carrying the load.