When it comes to the Cowboys, the perennial question is: Where does truth end and where does hype begin? Is Dak Prescott the victim of the love/hate relationship NFL fans have with “America’s Team” or are the Cowboys the beneficiaries of Prescott’s insane talents (and a little draft luck)?
Admittedly, Prescott fever gripped the NFL until he was overshadowed by Brady’s Super Bowl miracle, but as the preseason approaches, Prescott finds himself in the thick of controversy through no fault of his own – making it into to the NFL top 100 list. This is tantamount to a crime for any non-Cowboys fan. Frank Schwarz over at Yahoo Sports argues that Prescott, while talented, is getting heaps of accolades because he found himself in the right place at the right time — a young talent, playing behind an amazing (but already in place) offensive line, and supported by the should-have-been Offensive Rookie Player of the Year, Ezekiel Elliot.
Whereas a Tom Brady leads a team, it seems Prescott is led by a team. No doubt being on the Cowboys means great things for young Dak, but it also means putting up with scrutiny from all sides. It will always be maddening for Cowboy detractors – and there are many of them – to see a rookie Cowboy’s quarterback climb into the rarified air of the NFL top 20. Schwab argues that Prescott would not have made this list had he played for the Eagles or the Rams. But one could also say that had Prescott played for any other team, he wouldn’t be under this kind of scrutiny. Only the Autumn will tell.