Cowboys 'Jerry Poppins' Compares Dak To Cam & Goff

Mike Fisher
September 11, 2018 - 6:20 pm
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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - Dak Prescott is beginning his third year as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys ... and his third year of his employers comparing him favorably to pretty much every other good quarterback who ever lived.

"We've got a quarterback that is somewhere between (Jared Goff) and Cam Newton,'' Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan with "Shan & RJ.'' "He can do some of what both of those guys do. You're going to see it."

We have, of course, already seen some of the best of Dak. The 2016 fourth-round pick was shockingly good as a rookie, winning MVP-level attention while holding onto the job over the rehabbed Tony Romo ... and causing Jones to talk of Prescott's potential by mentioning Tom Brady and Troy Aikman.

And now it's Goff and Newton?

In my experience, it's important to understand "which Jerry'' is speaking in which circumstances. There is Jerry the businessman owner, GM Jerry the "football guy,'' "Salesman Jones,'' and, of course, "Jerry Poppins'' -- who offers a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down.

Newton was top-of-mind for the owner, of course, given Sunday's 16-8 loss at Carolina in which Prescott and Newton actually offered up similar passing numbers ... but Newton as a running threat proved to be just a bit too much for the otherwise-good Cowboys defense, and Dak and his offensive mates weren't much at all.

Jones praised the Carolina defense for the outcome, and denied that his decision to skip his usual postgame visit with the media on Sunday night had anything to do with being irate about the loss. To many in Cowboys Nation, though, Ezekiel Elliott appeared to be the only thing about the offense to feel upbeat about.

Jones said, though, that to him, the Dallas receivers "did not play bad" and that "they did get separation ... We just didn't get the ball to them."

Was that meant to be a shot at the QB? Of course not. Dallas is 0-1; it's too early for in-house shots, at coach Jason Garrett, at offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, and at Prescott, even thouh he finished with under 200 passing yards for the seventh time in Dallas' last nine games. 

But "Jerry Poppins'' expressed no dismay here. Newton is a three-time Pro Bowler, a first-team All-Pro and the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player. He was also the first overall pick in his NFL Draft, as was Goff of the Rams, in the same 2016 NFL Draft in which Dak was eventually chosen.

The Rams just won, over the Raiders, 33-13, and seem to be among the NFL's most explosive and innovative offenses in football.

Dak's Cowboys?

"I think we have a dimension in Dak,'' said Jerry, launching into a monologue that, for the moment, seems less about "football analysis'' than about hopes and dreams and wishes and promises and comparisons yet unfulfilled.