Dak Prescott Squashes All the Noise That Shouldn’t Have Been Noise In the First Place

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Dak Prescott Squashes All the Noise That Shouldn’t Have Been Noise In the First Place

Rookie Dak Prescott was unfazed by the noise this week. Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News

Rookie Dak Prescott was unfazed by the noise this week. Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have been sailing on relatively smooth seas all season long. Prescott’s poise, maturity and wisdom beyond his years have played a large part in that. So when they suffered their second defeat of the season, again at the hands of the New York Giants, the reaction overreaction was over the top to say the least.

Jason Garrett and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones were peppered with quarterback questions in the post game press conferences in New York all the way through the days leading up to last night’s game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The second guessing had begun in earnest as to whether or not Tony Romo should have been brought in from the bullpen to see his first live action since Nov. 26, 2015 against a Giants defense that had it going. To be fair, the Cowboys offense had sputtered of late. This was especially the case on third down where Dallas had struggled against New York as well as the Minnesota Vikings the previous week.

The NFL is a “What have you done for me lately?” league. It’s all about production and effectiveness and it always will be. That said, all that Prescott had done this season seemed like it was being forgotten awfully quickly.

We are literally just a few short weeks from establishing the fact that Dak Prescott had earned the right to start for the Dallas Cowboys. There weren’t any conditions or strings attached.

In a noise-filled week that no doubt seemed like more than seven days, the only thing that would make all of this go away would be for Dak and the Cowboys offense to bounce back against the Bucs.

That’s exactly what happened.

Dak came out sharp from the jump, spread the wealth and got everyone involved.

The offense got back to looking like its old self by finding a rhythm early. They were able to put together some sustained drives and control the ball the way they have done all season. There were a couple of penalties (holding, personal foul face mask) that sabotaged a couple of early drives or else they could have done even more. Dallas still possessed the ball for over 60% of the game.

It was exactly the kind of game they needed to silence all of the real or imagined noise that was surrounding them.

Or the manufactured noise.

I’m not trying to brag, but I said this very thing last week.

Clarence Hill Jr of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram confirmed this with his story Monday morning.

Jerry Jones needs to chill, but we know he never will.

Everything felt staged and forced as soon as Dallas lost to New York and Jerry now admits that he played a role in producing the drama. What is the point of this? It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. The only explanation is that it’s Jerry being Jerry. This explanation is neither logical nor reasonable. Through good and bad, this has been the case for going on three decades now.

Dak Prescott deserves major credit for refusing to get rattled by all of the panic that surrounded the Cowboys after their first loss in nearly three months. He deserves extra credit for squashing all of the noise his own owner was helping to create.

Dallas defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford summed it up best.


Back on track indeed. Now the Boys can get back to the task at hand, wrapping up the NFC East, securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs and tuning out any and all unnecessary noise.

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