For the first time in Dak Prescott‘s NFL career, he will be playing for another head coach. Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from Jason Garrett for a new path under former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. That put forth an entirely new environment for the Cowboys, which has presented Prescott with a difficult challenge ahead of the 2020 season.
Cowboys move in new direction
The Cowboys headed into the 2019 season with the hope of building off their playoff berth.
Dallas started the year winning their first three games, but things steadily headed south. Despite that, they held control of the NFC East almost the entire year and had the chance to clinch a postseason berth late in the season. All that set forth the motion of moving in another direction at head coach.
The Cowboys elected to hire Mike McCarthy to help guide the franchise back to prominence. During his nearly 13-year tenure with Green Bay, he held a 135-85-2 record while the team reached the playoffs nine times and a Super Bowl win. McCarthy may have faced his fair share of criticism with the Packers, but he has the proven track record that the Cowboys hasn’t had at head coach.
All that has led to a significant transition period for Dallas with Dak Prescott having to make one massive change ahead of the 2020 season.
Dak Prescott learning the new playbook
For the first time in nearly a decade, the Cowboys will have another head coach in place, not named Jason Garrett.
With that brings an entirely new playbook and philosophy to the organization under new head coach Mike McCarthy. In light of that, McCarthy has voiced that Prescott’s most significant adjustment this offseason has been learning the new language for the plays. (H/T Dallas Morning News)
“I’ll say this,” McCarthy said. “I think Dak has done a great job with the time away and really the whole group, the quarterback group, with the addition of Andy Dalton.
“The biggest adjustment for Dak is the language, which has been an adjustment for all of us. But he’s looked very good in the throwing segments of the strength and conditioning phase we’re in right now.
“I’m very pleased with where he is and very impressed.”
The Cowboys are bringing back mostly the same offensive roster from last year with the addition of promising rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb. That puts forth a significant adjustment period for everyone, but most imporantly, Prescott since he will be the focal point. Dallas is hoping the offensive schemes that McCarthy brings will shift the team forward to greater heights.
Prescott’s understanding of the offense will be crucial in getting the Cowboys to maximize the most out of their offensive talent in 2020 and beyond.
Prove it on the field
Over the last several years, there has been a call for the Cowboys to make a head coaching change due to the continued lack of consistent success.
Jerry Jones finally pulled the trigger on letting go of Garrett and moving in a new direction. McCarthy experienced much success with the Packers working with Aaron Rodgers. The hope is that it can translate to seeing Prescott taking his game to the next level in a more passing-friendly offense in the 2020 season.
The Cowboys have the talent to win the NFC East and possibly make a deep run in the playoffs. Dallas has yet to make a significant push in the postseason with Prescott. The franchise has reached the divisional round in both playoff appearances. Many different factors are weighing on Prescott, but it’s a chance to finally break through and bring the Cowboys back to prominence as a Super Bowl-caliber franchise.