For better or worse, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is never one to shy away from opening his mouth. Whether he is commenting on his team or the NFL at large, the headstrong Jones is an opinionated presence who, depending on who you talk to, is either great for the NFL or a nuisance. His latest comments comparing quarterback Dak Prescott to Tom Brady have people wondering if he is trolling or just plain crazy.
However, when we look at what he said and compare them to Brady’s career, Jones may not be entirely wrong.
Jerry Jones’s comments
According to Pro Football Talk, Jones made his comments to 105.3 The Fan after being asked who Cowboys QB Dak Prescott most reminds him of. Instead of comparing him to a Cowboy, Jones went outside the box and went to New England.
“I think he’s more like Brady,” Jones told the show. “We know Tom Brady, and he’s no Tom Brady. I didn’t say that. But the point is he will evolve and is evolving into a guy that will beat you. He will beat you with different circumstances and different players and different type teams. He will be on teams that have a better defense than others. He will be on teams that have better protection than others. I think we got us one in Dak.”
The comments are provocative in the way that most things Jones says are provocative, but this does not mean that what he said was crazy. As of right now, At the time of the interview, Prescott had played in 52 NFL games, and when you look at where Brady was at this point, you can see some of the logic that Jones was using when he opened his mouth.
Dak Prescott’s first 52 games
It’s hard to believe that Dak Prescott is already in his fourth season. While some thought he was going to go to the bench when Tony Romo came back, his amazing rookie season combined with Romo’s health and eventual retirement made Prescott the Cowboys’ quarterback of the future. The team has not looked back since.
Through 52 games, Prescott held a 35-17 record. He threw 76 touchdowns against only 28 interceptions and did so with a 66.6% completion rate on 1,602 passes for 12,019 yards. That is about as good as one can ask for in a quarterback who is only in his fourth season, and put up against Brady, he has both come close and surpassed where Brady was in many aspects.
Tom Brady’s first 52 games
Brady had a somewhat different path to becoming a starting NFL quarterback. He only saw the field one time during his rookie season before taking over for Drew Bledsoe as the full-time starter. Another thing that separates Brady from Prescott is the fact that he already had two Super Bowls under his belt by the time he entered his 52nd game, while Prescott has not made the Big Game yet.
Tom Brady had a 40-12 record through his first 52 games, had 80 touchdowns against 43 interceptions, and had passed for 11,570 yards. All of those numbers hover around where Prescott is, though Prescott has a clear advantage in accuracy with a nearly five-point edge in completion percentage over Brady and 15 fewer interceptions. When you look at it that way, you can start to understand what Jerry Jones was trying to say when he compared Prescott to Brady.
Looking at Prescott’s future
Tom Brady’s Super Bowl titles may offer him an advantage over Dak Prescott, but that still can be a testament to the team around him. Although Jones’s comments may have been irresponsible, there is some truth behind them. However, if Jones is this confident in Prescott’s future, there is no reason not to pay him a lot of money to stick around.
Prescott is awaiting a long-term deal with the Cowboys, and he has made no secret of the fact that he wants to be paid historically well. He’s young, he’s shown star potential, and losing him may set the Cowboys back for many years. If Jones truly thinks that Prescott can have a Brady-like progression, he should have no issue paying him. If he doesn’t, however, he will look silly after making such a grand comparison.