Through Dak Prescott‘s first few seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, he has helped provide stability to the franchise. Dallas has remained in the picture as one of the teams pinned to reach the playoffs each year. However, it has also made it quite clear to Prescott what it will take for him to become a Cowboys legend.
Dak Prescott’s tenure with the Cowboys
Since grabbing ahold of the starting job in his rookie campaign, Dak Prescott has helped bring tremendous stability to the franchise.
The Cowboys have secured a pair of playoff appearances in two of his first four seasons behind NFC East division titles. In each instance, the Cowboys played in at least the divisional round but haven’t advanced further in the postseason. Dallas has finished with an 8-8 record or better in each campaign while recording a pair of double-digit win seasons.
Prescott has also shown growth in his game during his brief NFL career that has seen him earn the acknowledgment as the franchise’s cornerstone under center. The 26-year-old has become a more significant factor with his arm as he’s coming off a career-best campaign with 4,902 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes.
However, Prescott has a clear understanding of what it will take to become a Cowboys legend.
Dak Prescott know what it will take to become a Cowboys legend
Through his first four years in the league, Dak Prescott has garnered a strong feel for what it takes to become a legend with the Cowboys.
The franchise’s standards are quite high, with much of that based on their success toward pursuing a Super Bowl. During an interview with Hall of Famer Michael Irvin ahead of Week 1 action, Prescott voiced that winning a Super Bowl will be what can ensure his legacy in Dallas. (H/T 247 Sports)
“We want our names to be thrown up there with you guys, but we know we have to have a Super Bowl before that happens,” Prescott said. “So if that’s not on your mind, that’s not something you’re thinking of or you have belief in, that can’t happen. So we make sure that we believe it and we talk it.”
It’s the ultimate goal for the franchise that hasn’t been back to that stage since the mid-1990s when Hall of Famer Troy Aikman was under center. The Super Bowl has eluded the Cowboys for nearly the last three decades. Prescott is well aware of the task at hand, and his mind is in the right spot to make a strong push toward finally getting over the hump in the playoffs.
Cowboys’ fate in 2020 season lies on their QB’s shoulders
The Cowboys didn’t get off the start they hoped for after falling disappointingly to the LA Rams in Week 1.
Dallas had several opportunities to secure a much-needed road win but made a few notable mistakes that gave them the short end of the stick. A late game-changing call regarding offensive pass interference on Michael Gallup essentially sealed their fate, but it was a contest they have every chance to win.
Despite that, the optimistic buzz around the franchise remains due to their promising group of talent. The loss of tight end Blake Jarwin for the year and star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch for two months are enormous hits. However, the Cowboys still possess a roster that can compete for the playoffs.
Much of which will lie on Dak Prescott’s shoulders to utilize the tremendous skilled-position talent around him. Dallas will only go as far as their Pro Bowl quarterback will take them in 2020.