Dak Prescott has been on an incredible run that nobody expected on the day of the draft. The rookie, who was selected in the 4th round, has led the Cowboys to seven straight wins and a 7-1 start.
Many believe this is the most impressive rookie campaign they’ve ever seen from a QB. But, they’ve quickly forgotten what happened a little over a decade ago in Pittsburgh.
In 2004, the Steelers selected Ben Roethlisberger, and they haven’t looked back since.
Big Ben took over for an injured Tommy Maddox in Week 2, and after losing his first game as a starter, the Steelers finished with a 15-1 record. Prescott still has a long way to go to achieve that level of success.
Big Ben on Dak
Ahead of their matchup this weakend, Roethlisberger acknowledged the striking similarity between his rookie campaign and Prescott’s. From ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:
Roethlisberger said Prescott has been “awesome” this year.
“Very similar to what I had (in 2004), he’s got a great running game, good defense,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s not just managing games, he’s taking games over. He’s doing some pretty awesome stuff. It’s fun to watch.”
Unlike Roethlisberger (who didn’t worry about losing his starting spot when Maddox came back), Prescott’s job status is still in question. When Tony Romo is full recovered, there’s still some who think he’s take over the offense.
Big Ben believes that it will be hard for Dallas to pull Prescott if he continues to rack up the wins:
“When you’re just kind of rolling and you’re not losing games, it’s really hard to kind of change that position especially,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday from his locker. “Take nothing away from Tony. He’s been doing it at a high level. When you’re winning football games, it’s really hard to replace that one spot.”