Dak Prescott: "Not One Bit" Of Pressure

Prescott will be without some familiar faces in 2018, but he's ready to lead his teammates

Tiki and Tierney
June 20, 2018 - 4:57 pm

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Dez Bryant and Jason Witten had been the faces of the Dallas Cowboys for a long time. That, however, is no longer the case. 

Bryant, who spent the first eight years of his career in Dallas, was released in April, while Witten, who played 15 seasons for the Cowboys, retired in May.

That leaves 24-year-old Dak Prescott as the unquestioned leader of the offense.

So, Dak, you feeling any pressure?

“No, not at all,” Prescott said on Tiki and Tierney. “Not one bit. I’ve got great coaches and I’ve got great teammates and players around me. It’s easy to lead when you’re talking about guys like Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, who are leaders all within themselves and leaders of our team. Our offensive line might be one of the most special groups on our team. They lead in what they do and how they carry themselves.”

Prescott excelled as a rookie, leading Dallas to a 13-3 record. Last year, though, the Cowboys finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. Prescott had an up-and-down season, completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 3,324 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

“I had some games and I had some moments that were my best football, and then I had some moments (that were) my worst football,” Prescott said. “So it’s about, for me, being more consistent and making sure I give this team a chance to win every game without putting us in a bad spot to lose a game. I definitely need to improve in every aspect. I can't just say there’s one thing that I’ve got to get better at. I’ve just got to be more consistent in everything.”

The Cowboys have a difficult schedule this season. They play at Carolina, at Seattle, at Houston, and against Jacksonville – all before Week 7. The key to success, Prescott said, is taking care of the little things.

“Just take care of the ball on offense, (and) make as many stops (as we can on defense),” Prescott said. “If the defense can make some turnovers and win a game or two, just give us an opportunity to stay on the field as much as we can, I think we have a great shot. We’re definitely a team that’s getting better. A lot of changes around Dallas – new coaches, new players – but there’s a great buzz. We’re looking forward to training camp.”

Speaking of coaches, Prescott was also asked about Jason Garrett. The 52-year-old receives a lot of criticism, but Prescott said that comes with the territory of coaching the Cowboys.

“That comes with it, but we all love JG,” Prescott said. “He’s smart, his delivery and the way he leads the team and keeping our message the same, it’s what we need being a young team. He’s done everything the right way. He’s a good coach, and I enjoy him. The fact of him being a quarterback and knowing the game as a quarterback in the league for a long time and being on a few Super Bowl-winning teams, he knows the way. That’s all he’s trying to do is give us every resource and be the best coach he can be for us.”