Over the last several months, there has been much attention on Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott‘s contract situation with the Dallas Cowboys. There hasn’t been finality to the matter that continues to linger on well into the offseason holding the possibility of him heading into the 2020 season with a new deal. It has also sparked questions about Prescott‘s ability on the field to lead the franchise to success beyond reaching the playoffs. He has one significant supporter with Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith holding the firm belief that he can lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl.
Dak Prescott’s NFL career
Since grabbing ahold of the starting job in his rookie campaign, the Cowboys have had some much-needed steadiness at the position.
Prescott had some big shoes to fill replacing longtime starter Tony Romo but immediately guided the team to an NFC East division title and a first-round bye in his first season. In the three following seasons, the Cowboys have reached the playoffs a second time behind another division title and earned a spot in the divisional round.
Although Dallas failed to reach the playoffs twice over that span, the team hasn’t held a record below .500 with Prescott. Through his first four seasons, he holds a 40-24 record with 97 touchdown passes to 36 interceptions along with a 97.0 passer rating. He has also rushed for 1,221 yards with 21 touchdowns.
Prescott is coming off a career-best campaign that saw him pass for 4,902 yards with 30 touchdown passes and a 99.7 passer rating. The Cowboys have had ups and downs, but the team has remained confident in his ability to lead the charge.
Emmitt Smith is confident in Dak Prescott
One of the most vocal former Cowboys players throughout the process has been their former Hall of Fame quarterback.
Smith has voiced his strong opinion on Prescott’s contract situation, siding with him taking a pay cut for the betterment of the team. The NFL’s all-time leading rusher recently stated that he’s quite confident that the 26-year-old can lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl, according to The Dallas Morning News.
“No doubt. No doubt. No doubt. I believe he is. And I think he’s getting better. I think he has so much more room to grow and I think he’ll get there. I think overall, we have a lot of the pieces of the puzzle in place. It’s a matter now of making sure — the key to any team is, essentially, developing the chemistry, which you definitely need…
“If they can get to that level and develop that chemistry in this timeframe which they have to work with, then I think you will Dak not only flourish and grow, I think you see that team mature and rally behind their quarterback because he has had some challenges this offseason dealing with the loss of his brother as well as this pandemic and other things that have crept up. I think he’ll be fine. I love the kid. No doubt, I think he’ll be fine.”
Smith’s faith in Prescott goes well beyond Prescott’s ability as he believes the Cowboys have the pieces in place to make a run toward a Super Bowl. Dallas has put some promising talent around him with Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and rookie Ceedee Lamb.
A significant part of that will depend on them building the necessary chemistry to get the most of that group with Prescott leading the way.
Cowboys have the pieces in place
Over the last couple of years, the Cowboys have continued to assemble a strong group of talent offensively around Prescott.
Dallas has put together a formidable offense that should be among the highest-scoring teams in the league. However, the concern could come on the defensive side of the ball, with them struggling at times throughout the last couple of years.
There will be instances where Prescott and the offense will need to pick up the slack to make up for the struggles the team has on the other side of the ball. Outside of a lucrative extension, he has everything he needs to get the job done in Dallas.