Former NFL Player Says Cowboys Helped Dak Prescott by Fixing the Defense

Published 05/31/2021, 1:17 PM EDT
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys on the field during warm ups before the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)


The Dallas Cowboys will be looking forward to the new season. Last year, the Cowboys started out strong. However, an injury to star quarterback Dak Prescott derailed their momentum.

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They went on an extended losing streak. However, they turned it around, only to be spurned from the Playoffs on the final day of the regular season. But the Cowboys have done a lot of work to help put a strong team around the newly-re-signed Dak Prescott.

Former NFL Player Ryan Clark spoke on ESPN about the Dallas Cowboys. He noted that the Cowboys have done a good job of providing options to Dak Prescott. Jerry Jones didn’t make rash decisions during the draft to add more players to the attack.

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Rather, he recruited the best defensive player in the draft in the form of Penn State’s Micah Parsons. He also made changes to the Defensive Coordinator position, isolating the defensive issues they experienced last season.

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 22: Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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“So often we look at helping quarterbacks by – let’s get them all these weapons. Well, what weapons do you want to get Dak Prescott? Do you know how Jerry Jones actually helped  Dak Prescott? He fought himself…

“He went defense, he got the best defensive player in the draft in Micah Parsons, he also replaced Mike Nolan as the defensive coordinator with Dan Quinn. With superstar young secondary coach Joe Witt.” 

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Clark added that the Cowboys’ roster now has a solid balance between veteran experience with explosive youth. So now, these players will get the opportunity to properly understand what is asked of them.

As for Dak Prescott, if he is able to return the way he and everyone else expects him to, he will be a huge bonus for the Cowboys. If all things go right, the Cowboys can win the NFC East.

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“And so, now you have these veteran players to mix with some of these new young guys and edge rushers who get to play the way that they’re supposed to and be exactly what we thought they would last year. I think this defense is much improved.

“And if Dak Prescott comes comeback in the way that we expect him to, if he’s ready and if he’s firing on all cylinders, this offense will be great. And if the defense could come in and do their part, this could be a team that wins the NFC East.”

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Will the Dallas Cowboys be successful next season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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