The Dallas Cowboys have gotten out to a bit of a discouraging start to the 2018 season, dropping two out of their first three games. Much of the focus is on the offense’s lack of production, which ranks among the least potent in the league behind quarterback Dak Prescott’s struggles throwing the ball.
Despite these early-season issues, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan voiced that Prescott needs to just focus on playing the game and stop worrying about the criticism, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.
“Naturally the players or anybody, maybe you’re this close or you’re just missing on something I think you start to press a little bit,” Linehan said. “I think our guys just need to just basically take the weight of the world off their shoulders and go out and play. Just start slinging it around and they’re ready to do that.”
There has been plenty of negative dialogue tossed Prescott’s way due to his shortcomings on the field this season, as he has thrown for 170 or fewer yards in each of the first three games played along with two touchdowns to two interceptions with a fumble. This has contributed greatly to the Cowboys ranking 30th overall offensively, 31st in passing, and second-to-last with 13.7 points per game.
Prescott hasn’t broken through in any significant manner aside from his 70-plus yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin in Week 2 against the New York Giants. At the same time, the Cowboys haven’t seen any of their wide receivers step up this season after the offseason departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
It hasn’t been the ideal start for Prescott and the Cowboys, but there is still plenty of time for the team to turn things around beginning with their matchup in Week 4 against the Detriot Lions.