Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys look like one of the best teams in the NFL through the first four weeks of the 2021 NFL season. “America’s Team” has failed to live up to expectations year after year, prompting criticism from several media personalities, including Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. ESPN analyst Bart Scott has been on record knocking Dallas as well.
Scott now has to defend his words after being called out by Prescott’s brother.
ESPN analyst Bart Scott has a history of bashing the Dallas Cowboys
Bart Scott played 11 seasons as a linebacker in the NFL. His football acumen is not in question, but his takes about the Cowboys sure are.
After Dak Prescott went down in 2020, the Cowboys fell apart. It appeared the team lacked consistent leadership, and Scott did not mince words when the topic came up on ESPN’s Get Up.
“It was easy to be a frontrunner when Dak was putting up 500 yards,” he said. “The Cowboys revealed what type of character they have. They have a lot of front-running cowardice football players. They’re not smart.”
Scott suggested that the Cowboys lacked football I.Q. from its defensive players and that the team essentially packed it in after Prescott got injured.
He also called New York the “cream of the crop” in the NFC East and projected Dallas to miss the playoffs in 2021.
Scott recently boldly predicted that the Giants would defeat the Cowboys on the road at AT&T Stadium in the Week 5 matchup between the two teams.
Dak Prescott’s brother put Scott on blast
Bart Scott has been ripping Dallas on national television, and Cowboys fans are getting tired of it, including Dak Prescott’s brother Tad.
Tad Prescott took to Twitter to call out the ESPN analyst for his Cowboys takes in the past.
Bart Scott will continue to bad mouth the Cowboys, and for what? Does He enjoys being wrong, because I assume he knows football, but speaks as if he doesn’t He doubted @dak, doubted Zeke, and our defense. Now saying the Giants beat us. Just admit you were wrong & move onTad Prescott
Prescott continued to rant about Scott and blasted him for saying the Carolina Panthers are still better than the Dallas Cowboys while comparing him to Stephen A. Smith.
“It’s clear Bart is just a HATER, or he’s just truly ignorant to the game of football. Which I don’t think is the case, HATER.”
Scott is not ignorant to the game of football, but he’s clearly not a believer in the Cowboys. It may take a deep playoff run to change the former Ravens and Jets linebacker’s mind.
The Cowboys are proving the doubters wrong
The Dallas Cowboys are doing a great job of tuning out the noise. After posting an abysmal 6-10 record to finish the 2020 season, they appear to be leaps and bounds better in 2021.
Dak Prescott’s return is the driving force to Dallas’ success. The offense was stagnant with Andy Dalton under center, and the ineptitude trickled down to the rest of the team. Prescott is the unquestioned leader of this team. His presence in the locker room has the Cowboys playing inspired football.
After allowing teams to move the ball at will in 2020, the defense has also taken a step forward. Jerry Jones and the front office drafted do-it-all linebacker Micah Parsons, who is an early favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Cornerback Trevon Diggs is a completely different player from the guy who got cooked early in the 2020 season. He showed flashes of potential during the back half of the season, and now, he’s putting it all together. The Alabama product leads the NFL in interceptions and pass breakups and is playing like the best corner in football right now.
It’s easy to dislike the Cowboys because of their insanely large fan base and constant air time, but you can’t ignore how good they look.
Dallas is 3-1 heading into Week 5. The team’s lone loss was a nail-biter against the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The season is 17 games long, and there’s more work to do, but the Dallas Cowboys are out to gain their respect in 2021.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.