One would assume we’ll be reminded of this quote from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott later this year.
“We’re the Cowboys. We’re gonna win the NFC East,” Prescott said before Wednesday night’s ESPY’s show, according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
Coverage of predictions, guarantees and promises is generally overdone. I’d be much, much more alarmed if Prescott said, “You know, the Giants match up well with us, looks like they’re going to take the division.” Of course Prescott thinks he’s going to win the NFC East. So does Eli Manning, Kirk Cousins and Carson Wentz.
But here’s the issue: The pressure is already going to be intense on the Cowboys, and adding to it might not be the best idea. The “We’re the Cowboys” touch is going to get a lot of attention. It’s not unlike Prescott’s reaction to high ratings for Cowboys games last year.
“We’re America’s Team. I feel like everybody wants to see us play,” Prescott said.
Yes, this is why some people hate the Cowboys.
Prescott is coming off a storybook season. He won NFL offensive rookie of the year, which was amazing considering before training camp he was No. 3 on the depth chart. He also got an ESPY on Wednesday night for “Best Breakthrough Athlete.” The Cowboys went 13-3, won the NFC East but lost in their first playoff game to the Green Bay Packers (Prescott and others had to relive that when Aaron Rodgers’ throw to Jared Cook against Dallas won an ESPY for best NFL play).
Now the Cowboys enter a season in which anything less than a Super Bowl trip will be a little disappointing. Another NFC East title would be great, but the Cowboys have two of those over the last three years and haven’t gotten out of the divisional round. There is hope of taking the next step and expectations that Prescott and fellow 2016 rookie Ezekiel Elliott can somehow get even better from last season and lead the Cowboys there.