FRISCO (105.3 THE FAN) – Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said on Wednesday that quarterback Dak Prescott is simply “one-eleventh” of the offense. That is a traditionally sound way of considering the position of the fourth-round rookie who has been thrust into the Week 1 Cowboys-Giants spotlight due to the back injury sustained by Tony Romo.
But at some point, the QB has to at least be the “bus driver” of the offense — and that’s more than “one-eleventh.” And at some point, the quarterback must “lead” the offense and even “star” in it — and that’s something that, Garrett’s comments notwithstanding, Prescott’s teammates confidently believe he can do.
“I think (opponents) are going to try to see how ‘real’ Dak is,” said receiver Dez Bryant. “Once they line me up one-on-one, they’re going to see how ‘real’ Dak really is, because I’m going to come through for him.”
A rookie QB’s first game constitutes a challenge. And even if you are the rare success — like Washington’s Robert Griffin III, who threw for 312 yards in his first game in 2012 — that doesn’t guarantee continued success — like RG3 since his rookie year.
Nevertheless, while Garrett talks of “one-eleventh” and while logic says Dallas will use Dak’s fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott as part of a run-first offense, even the Cowboys owner is excited about the idea of letting Prescott do all of the things that an NFL QB might do. “There’s no leash on Dak,” Jerry Jones told our Shan & RJ on Tuesday. “You guys blow me away. There’s no leash on him. Heck, he’s in. He’s going to be playing. We’re very comfortable with him. There’s no short leash. There’s no long leash. We got us a player we hope can win the ballgame for us.”