Dak & Jerry – Two Different Dallas Cowboys Ways
It’s safe to say that, since the departure of Jimmy Johnson after consecutive Super Bowl wins, all Dallas Cowboys’ coaches have faced the same insurmountable obstacle, Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones.
It’s also safe to say that no one, not even Hall of Fame Coach Bill Parcells, who was known for his magic touch, has overcome the imposition, influence and intervention of Jerry to win a Super Bowl. (Sorry Barry Switzer. Those were Jimmy’s guys working from Jimmy’s training. Fortunately they overcame you and Jerry for only a 50% success rate!)
In spite of what one may think about Jason Garrett, he has also failed to overcome the 4.2 Billion dollar Owner.
But Dak Prescott may present a conundrum for Jerry that he has never faced in his more than a quarter century of Cowboys ownership.
While coaches and staff must maneuver to circumvent and overcome the unorthodox football ways of Jones, the rookie from Mississippi State presents a different challenge for Jerry. Dak simply seems impervious to the charms and temptations of the sparkling limelight Jones abides within.
No, it’s not because Prescott makes a conscious point of steering clear of Jones or his Hollywood style while on his way to a Super Bowl championship. It’s not because Dak is heeding the warnings of others about the meddling ways of Jones into the media driven life of all players wearing the Silver and Blue. It’s not because Dak is your typical rookie, suffering the deer-in-the-headlight syndrome and unable to cope with the world making demands on his Silver and Blue hide.
The truth is very simple. Dak thinks differently than Jerry Jones. Rookie Dak views the world in a different way than Owner Jones.
To some, maybe many, maybe most, this does not seem significant. Yet, it makes all the difference in the World. And hopefully, it will make all the different in the World of Jerry Jones.
You see, Dak has been given a job to do. That job just happens to be the Quarterback of the most popular and valuable sports franchise on the planet. But with Dak, any job worth doing is worth doing right. If that means watching extra tape, more tape than anyone else would expect or demand, then so be it. Watch tape it is!. If that means extra study, more study of the playbook than anyone else would expect or demand, then so be it. Study it is! If that means extra practice, more practice than anyone else would expect or demand, so be it. Practice it is!
And here’s the real kicker. If doing his job right means spending the extra time necessary, and that extra time means that he is losing out on endorsements and other remuneration for simply being the QB of America’s Team, so be it. Then lose out it is!
While Jerry seeks out the attention of every available microphone and camera, Dak is seeking proficiency in the job that has been given to him, playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
For the first half of this season, we get to see how these two diverging paths will work out. Will Prescott succumb to the ravages of NFL rookie demands. Will the maturity he has exhibited so far continue? Will Jerry be content with a QB that fails to seek the limelight He has created for his players or will Jones become the Dak Whisperer, seeking to mold the rookie into his own image, dangling the flashy lure of that lucrative contract not even the 100 million dollar man Tony Romo could envision?
The possibilities are interesting to consider. Especially for a team that is currently winning for the first time without Tony Romo. Especially for a team that has failed to win a Championship for the past two decades doing it Jerry’s Way. Especially for a team that is currently experiencing the success of doing it Dak’s Way.
Cowboys Nation. No drama like it!
Go Dak! Go Cowboys!