Breaking Down why Dak Prescott will Experience a Sophomore SlumpPhoto: Ron Jenkins, Associated Press
The 4th round pick out of Mississippi State took the NFL by storm during the 2016 season in relief of Tony Romo. The effects of a tremendous rookie season would send Romo into retirement and create a pretty big hype train for the upcoming season in Dallas.
Rightfully so, as Prescott thrashed defenses with a mix of arm talent, quick feet and excellent leadership. He would finish the Cowboys playoff season with 3,667 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, which would have been Rookie of the Year worthy if not for teammate Ezekiel Elliott’s outstanding season. He also amassed 282 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground en route to solidifying himself as one of the bright young stars in the league moving forward.
There is no arguing how special of a rookie season Prescott had, but it is just unrealistic to believe that the defensive masterminds of the NFL won’t have a plan to stop him next time around. One of the greatest struggles in dealing with Prescott last season was that there was not much film on the signal caller and his tendencies were not easy to track because of his lack of experience. Giving defensive coordinators a full offseason to evaluate him will prove to make a major difference in the effect he has on a game.
Prescott’s calling card to his success this past season was that his out of pocket improvisation skills led to big plays, yet at the end of last season those plays began to decrease. The decrease is evidence that defensive coordinators began to figure out what Dak likes to do under different circumstances, and they were able to stop him.
This season could be rough for Prescott, because he may feel the need to do too much after the success doesn’t come quickly. The demise of many young stars in this league is the moment they try to play outside of their capabilities and eventually hurt the team because they can’t settle into their role. Hopefully this isn’t the way Prescott’s career goes, but there have been many rookie phenoms like him who get exposed.