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All is well in Jerry World as the Cowboys continue to win games. You can make the argument, however, that the right arm of quarterback Dak Prescott hasn’t been the reason as of late.
Can you say, slump? Owner Jerry Jones might be ready to label it as such.
“I don’t want to say that, slump, but that’s probably fair,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said via ESPN Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “But it’s such a multifaceted evaluation that I would say our offense is definitely away from where we were playing five and six games ago from the standpoint of production.”
Prescott, 28, is in the first year of a massive four-year, $160 million extension he signed during the offseason. After a hot start to the season that had Prescott in the MVP conversation, his season has since plateaued. November and December haven’t been kind to Prescott, as he’s completing 63.1% of his passes for 1,568 yards, eight touchdowns, six interceptions and an 82.8 passer rating in six games. In that timeframe, Dallas is 3-3, still holding a three-game lead in the NFC East at 9-4.
In the six games prior, he completed 73.1% of his passes for 1,813 yards, 16 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 115.0 passer rating. The splits are obvious, but head coach Mike McCarthy said Monday he doesn’t think Prescott is in a slump.
“I wouldn’t say a quarterback is having a slump. It’s different in football. A lot of things go into it,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think Dak is in a slump. I think everything has not gone the way we would like to go are things we can improve on. That’s the focus this week.
“We got a chance to go through the videos as a staff, and the players went through this [Monday] morning … We’ll just keep working. It goes this way sometimes.”
Prescott did miss one game in between the two six-game stretches, the Halloween Sunday Night Football matchup against the Vikings, due to a right calf strain. Both Jones and McCarthy said Prescott is healthy despite the struggles.
“He missed a lot of time in training camp and he missed a lot of time early with that calf injury, and some will say, ‘Well, his mechanics are off a little bit. His feet and his motion aren’t quite where they ought to be,'” Jones said on The Fan. “I hear all that and, by the way, that’s been discussed but is there merit to it? I don’t think so.
“I just think, just as he’s had to his entire career, he will get in, he will figure it out. That’s the key thing here. He has no superior in working on it, studying it, taking it to the practice field, repetition. He’s as good or better than anybody I’ve ever seen. And so he will mentally and physically rep this through.”