In the 30-plus years that Jerry Jones has owned the Dallas Cowboys, he believes that Dak Prescott stands above the rest of the franchise’s notable quarterbacks in one way.
While Prescott may not have the team accomplishments of Troy Aikman or the individual accolades achieved by Tony Romo, Jones believes the Cowboys’ current starting quarterback is the best leader of the group, praising him after his turnover-free performance during Dallas’ 40-0. defeat the Giants.
“Dak is so sane and he relies on his preparation better than anyone I’ve been around,” Jones said in an interview with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “You get someone the team will follow, and that’s the key. He’s the best leader I’ve ever seen at the position. And we’ve been around some good ones. Aikman was exceptional and (Romo) , I think, was just exceptional. But Dak is quite a leader at that position.
Jones’ praise of Prescott follows discussion of the scrutiny the quarterback faced in the offseason after throwing a league-high 15 interceptions in 2022 despite missing five games . Prescott promised he would reduce his number of turnovers in 2023, including guaranteeing he would finish with fewer than 10 interceptions.
Week 1 was expected to be a tough test for Prescott, as the Giants defense intercepted him twice in his only game against New York last season. Additionally, Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium was played in constant rain, which made it easier for the ball to slip out of the quarterback’s hands.
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The weather didn’t plague Prescott at all on Sunday, but it was a problem for Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who threw two interceptions and fumbled twice. Overall, the Giants had five total fumbles (losing one) while the Cowboys only fumbled the ball once, which they recovered.
The turnover margin was certainly a big factor in the Cowboys’ victory, allowing Prescott to handle a lighter load as he completed 13 of 24 passes for 143 yards.
Sunday’s game also marked the debut of head coach Mike McCarthy calling offensive plays. Jones gave McCarthy’s play an “A” as the Cowboys scored four goals in Sunday’s game.
“It was amazing,” Jones said of Sunday’s victory. “I didn’t need a plane to get home. I was flying high.”
This Sunday, the Cowboys expected to face a quarterback that McCarthy coached for years and who tortured the franchise on numerous occasions. But instead, Dallas will be the first team to take a chance on the Jets following Aaron Rodgers’ Achilles injury.
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Although it will make the game easier for Dallas, Jones said Rodgers’ injury is still upsetting.
“I was sick for everyone,” Jones said. “It just reminded me how fragile a season can be. (Rodgers) took a toll on us…gave us some heartache.”
Now, Jones and the Cowboys will likely face Zach Wilson in their home opener. While the Jets’ offense took a big hit, their defense played at an elite level on Monday, forcing Josh Allen to turn the ball over four times.
So Prescott will face another tough challenge to play a clean game.
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