FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott is ready to start the season and prove to the doubters that the Dallas Cowboys can be just as good, if not better, than they were a year ago when they won the NFC East and made the playoffs.
“Where we are right now, all is excitement. It is,” Prescott said. “It’s really a privilege to be the quarterback on this team, to be a leader on these guys, offense, defense, this coaching team that we have. And yeah, especially with everything that’s been said about us – do you know what I mean? – the lack of what we have, keep writing, keep talking. We’re ready to go play.
As Prescott prepared for last year’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while recovering from his own serious right ankle injury, there was talk of three potential 1,000-yard receivers in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb, plus a future Hall of Fame left tackle in Tyron Smith.
As he prepares for the 2022 season opener against the Buccaneers on Sept. 11, he only has a 1,000-yard receiver (Lamb) while Gallup continues to recover from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and Cooper has moved to Cleveland Browns. Smith is out until at least December with a thigh tear that required surgery and is expected to be replaced by rookie Tyler Smith.
With Gallup out at least in the first game, Lamb is the only other receiver to catch a Prescott touchdown pass.
“I believe that high expectations lead to higher results,” Prescott said. “I feel like I’m my biggest critic. I’m hard on myself. I will always set myself to extreme, super high expectations that are higher than I think anyone else can. If you feel that other people have these expectations, too, it’s fun for you. It is fun. What you believe in yourself, other people also believe. You just want to keep improving and do your best.”
The Cowboys accelerate Tyler Smith’s learning curve. First-round pick didn’t flick left tackle in training camp and preseason; However, in the spring he took up more of his work there than with the left guard.
“Left tackle has always been my main position since high school, so it wasn’t anything strange to me,” said Tyler Smith.
Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin said, “We’re not asking him to be Tyron Smith.”
Prescott recalls being the rookie thrown into the starting lineup after Tony Romo suffered a back injury in the 2016 preseason. All he did was help the Cowboys to an NFC-best 13-3 record and win Offensive Rookie of the Year.
“If there’s anyone who supports the next man and appeals to that mentality, it’s me,” Prescott said. “Here to support him, give him all the confidence he needs.”
Not only have the Cowboys not won a Super Bowl or played in an NFC championship game since 1995, they have not made the postseason in consecutive years since 2006-07. Prescott’s goal is to at least end this drought.
“It’s definitely about time we win this division back-to-back, get to the playoffs, things that you said haven’t been done in my career and haven’t been done in a long time,” he said. “This is how you do these steps. You have to accumulate good years after good years to make these runs and give yourself a good chance. We have a good team. We have a great team, great coaching, great organization. So now it’s time to have no failures, be better than last year and take the next step on last year.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34503407/dak-prescott-says-dallas-cowboys-ready-prove-doubters-wrong-season Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys ready to prove doubters wrong this season