Cowboys Evaluation: Can Dallas win the Tremendous Bowl with Dak Prescott? Mike McCarthy’s evaluation | Techno Glob

With Dallas’ season set to conclude Sunday in San Francisco, Cowboys writers Jon Machota and Bob Sturm are wanting again in addition to ahead in answering 5 questions of their newest Cowboys Q&A.

The place do you stand at Dak Prescott now after seven seasons? Can the Cowboys win the Tremendous Bowl with him?

Machota: I nonetheless consider the Cowboys can win the Tremendous Bowl with him; nevertheless, it is fairly clear by now that he’ll want extra assist getting the job carried out. After Prescott signed his ultimate four-year, $160 million contract in March 2021, Jerry Jones spoke of groups needing extra from franchise QBs with him taking a a lot greater pay reduce. That sounded good in concept, however Jones needed to discover a solution to get extra assist from Prescott. Prescott’s lack of consistency was an actual concern, going from certainly one of his worst video games in Washington to his finest in opposition to Tampa Bay after which again to certainly one of his worst video games in San Francisco. Even when they may transfer on from Prescott I believe it could be an enormous mistake. There’s a a lot increased probability that their place will find yourself worse than higher.

Sturm: The present phrase is disillusioned. Tampa Bay’s play in a single evening represents the progress we would anticipate this postseason to have, however San Francisco’s exhibiting is extra akin to her performances within the 2021 season finale and ultimate month of 2022. She was indecisive, reluctant, late, and general uncertain of her capability to to be an enormous QB. That mentioned, he is nonetheless the most suitable choice obtainable and beneath an enormous contract, so you don’t have any different selection however to patch issues up. Dalton Schultz is the very best decide of each and mid-level TEs and that is the issue with this offense proper now. They’ve too many weapons to scare anybody apart from CeeDee Lamb. In fact, Prescott generally is a champion, however he cannot be an elite celebrity QB, so you must take this offense to a spot the place he might be a part of your answer, not the entire answer.

How do you charge Mike McCarthy this season? Is he nonetheless the appropriate coach for this workforce?

Machota: I would give him a B. It is exhausting for me to evaluate him simply on this season due to what he has constructed during the last two years that makes me assume he’s the appropriate coach for this workforce. I do not consider in altering coaches simply to exchange them. There should be higher choices obtainable. McCarthy has truly led Dallas to success in back-to-back seasons, profitable 25 video games throughout that point. I perceive why Sean Payton’s identify is talked about so usually, however I am not seeing sufficient enchancment to make that transfer. After profitable the Tremendous Bowl in 2009, the Payton’s Saints workforce superior previous the divisional levels solely as soon as, shedding in time beyond regulation at dwelling to the Los Angeles Rams within the NFC Championship Recreation in 2018. There have been additionally three straight 7-9 seasons throughout that point. . McCarthy deserves at the least one other yr to see if he could make the appropriate changes main right into a deeper postseason.

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Sturm: That is a type of questions the place after taking a number of deep breaths and decompressing the temper, we come to the conclusion that he has develop into a high quality coach general. However, like Wade Phillips, none of that issues until he can utterly change the narrative by breaking by way of. He appears more than pleased to comply with the Joneses phrases and that is the place I would like much more—together with, as I wrote on Wednesday—to take cost of the assault and re-imagine that entire aspect of the ball. I’d undoubtedly give it a move, C+ or B-, however I would like to see what occurs subsequent. He had his work reduce out for him with a possible second coordinator spot vacating quickly. However, yeah, like Dak Prescott, until you’ve gotten an precise improve obtainable (not simply totally different variations of the identical factor, Sean Payton followers), I believe you need to be pragmatic and stick to this system.

What reasonable transfer would you prefer to see occur this low season?

Machota: They should discover a No.2 large receiver. That is not going to be straightforward to do with their wage cap scenario. The hope was that Michael Gallup would fill that function this season with Amari Cooper being traded, however that by no means occurred. And to be honest to Gallup, getting back from a nasty knee harm was an element. Perhaps he can be higher subsequent season, two years after his harm. However the Cowboys cannot rely on hope right here. They should discover a means, by way of a commerce, free company, or draft to get one other impression participant on the perimeter. Prescott wants extra weapons.

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Sturm: On the threat of repeating itself right here, probably the most huge transfer obtainable is to lastly collapse and shift the assault dramatically to one thing you assume Prescott is finest fitted to. I’ve my very own concepts however am not naïve sufficient to consider I do know as a lot as McCarthy, who should be thought of one of the crucial educated offensive minds in sport immediately. He has the power to make use of three a long time of working with QBs and numerous offenses to evaluate his QB1s and transfer no matter furnishings he sees match to place Prescott and the Cowboys in a greater place to succeed. Injecting extra pace must be an important purpose. We might argue the workforce lacked tempo in virtually each talent place.

DaRon Bland (26) led the Cowboys with 5 interceptions. (Tim Heitman/USA As we speak)

Which participant was the largest shock?

Machota: Tyler Smith is an effective selection, however I would go along with a distinct rookie, cornerback DaRon Bland. I do not assume anybody anticipated after final yr’s draft that certainly one of Dallas’ fifth spherical picks would lead the workforce in interceptions, with 5 interceptions. Bland is badly wanted attributable to season-ending accidents to veteran corners Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown. At first, Bland stood out on the within, enjoying Lewis’ place, however he later additionally grew to become the Cowboys’ finest outdoors decide reverse Trevon Diggs. There was an opportunity for 2021 second-round decide Kelvin Joseph or 2021 third-round decide Nahshon Wright to win one other outdoors job, however they may by no means high Bland.

Sturm: Tyler Smith is a particular winner. Misjudgment apart, he is likely one of the finest younger quarterbacks within the league and is enjoying each sport and enjoying it properly. He has some tough edges to develop but when he does, there appears to be a really excessive ceiling in his profession ready for him. I really like his energy and agility, and most significantly, his psychological strategy is wonderful. If he is utilizing a moron like me to encourage him with our harsh analysis of his time in Tulsa, so be it. He is unbelievably good, and now the workforce has to determine the place he desires to remain for years to come back. He appears to be an excellent particular person within the making.

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Which participant was probably the most disappointing?

Machota: At sure factors within the yr, such because the season-ending loss at San Francisco, Prescott is the reply to this query. However all season lengthy, it is Michael Gallup. Getting back from a knee harm is definitely an element. At occasions it appeared that Prescott and Gallup by no means performed collectively. After buying and selling Amari Cooper, Dallas hoped to get the No. 1 manufacturing. 2 from Gallup and manufacturing No. 3 or No. 4 from rookie Jalen Tolbert. Nothing occurred, which led to makes an attempt so as to add Odell Beckham Jr. and ended up signing TY Hilton. In his fifth season, Gallup set profession lows in receiving yards per sport (30.3), yards per reception (10.9) and longest receiving yards (27 yards).

Sturm: Michael Gallup, can also be on the run, sadly. First, we have now to supply credit score with respect to gamers getting back from the ACL and perceive that there are numerous gamers who want a second season to totally return to type. However, Dallas did press him again (after extending him for many of the adjustments), then gave him a one hundred pc workload to confirm his perception that he was their best option in opposition to Lamb. Effectively, not solely is he not solely the second correct WR of the season, however he solely has one 50-yard sport regardless of enjoying over 800 hits. The playoffs weren’t any higher as a result of he was utterly shut out in San Francisco, and it made the offense appear to be Lamb and the others weren’t the place they need to be.

(Dak Prescott high photograph: Michael Owens / Getty Photographs)

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