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Garrett: Dak Prescott’s poise the key to his success

By Matthew Coller

In 2015, the Dallas Cowboys lost their starting quarterback and ended 4-12. This time around, the Cowboys have the best record in the NFL despite an injury to Tony Romo.

Rookie Dak Prescott has led the Cowboys to a 10-1 mark and has not only put himself in the rookie of the year conversation, but could have a case for MVP. He has completed 67.9% of his passes, throwing 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

On a conference call with the Twin Cities media, Cowboys head coach and former NFL quarterback Jason Garrett said his rookie QB’s composure has been the key to his early-career success.

“He’s handled everything so, so well,” Garrett said. “The on-the-field stuff, the off-the-field stuff, he just has tremendous poise and composure. I think that reflects in his play. He handles the ups and downs of a game very well. If we have success, he just keeps playing, if we have adversity, he has the ability to play through it.”

Prescott was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.

Circumstances have been favorable for the former Mississippi State quarterback. He stepped into an offense with an explosive running game, an elite No. 1 receiver and the best offensive line in football.

“When I first became the head coach, we were a veteran team that had a lot of good players for a long time, but we had to start bringing some youth in, so we made some hard decisions there,” Garrett said of rebuilding the offensive line. “We allocated resources. We used a first-round pick on three different guys.”

Dallas’s offensive line has not only led the league’s top rushing game, they have kept Prescott from pressure. He has been sacked just 15 times for only 89 yards lost on the season.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer noted that rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott has played a crucial role in giving Prescott time to throw.

“He’s good in pass protection, better than rookie backs for sure,” Zimmer said. “One of the things – he’s an impact player on contact. He’s built, really, 225 pounds, he’s physical. He’s a hurdler if you try to cut him. He’s special.”

The post Garrett: Dak Prescott’s poise the key to his success appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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