The Cowboys have paid Dak Prescott to be a franchise quarterback, but Stephen A. Smith thinks he’s coming up short on his end of the bargain.
Prescott has been fine, but not great, since returning in Week 7 from the thumb fracture he sustained in Week 1. Dallas is 2-1 since Prescott has returned, most recently losing to the Packers in a game in which Prescott threw three touchdown passes but also had a pair of interceptions.
That prompted Smith to say on “First Take” that Jerry Jones hasn’t gotten his money’s worth out of Prescott, and that the quarterback could be the Cowboys’ weak link.
Before being made aware of Smith’s comments in his weekly appearance on “Shan and RJ,” Jones was asked for his thoughts on Smith.
“Well, I might need to get tuned in with any of his latest,” Jones said. “I run hot and cold on him.”
Once he was told Smith’s take, Jones promptly fired back.
“I can say that’s not correct," Jones said. "The reason that I – not the reason, that’s unfair to Dak and all the players on the team – but the strength that I look at of our chance to win a championship is Dak, and his leadership at that position. His leadership, but because he plays that position, let me say it that way. ... But I don’t think that’s accurate.
“Dak brings us the separator, now does that mean Dak is going to win every game or make every comeback or every key situation? You can answer that one, of course not. But by the same token, if you were constructing the possibility of competing for a Super Bowl, I would start on this team right there with Dak. He’s that integral to us really being able to have the year that we want to have”
Ultimately, getting Prescott up to the level he’s capable of playing at should only help bolster the Cowboys’ prospects.
Jones seems confident Prescott can help get them where they want to be, but outside the organization there is plenty of skepticism.