The Dallas Cowboys (12-5) pumped their chests with confidence and swagger headed into Sunday’s Wild Card Game against the San Francisco 49ers (10-7) at AT&T Stadium, but left disappointed after a 23-17 loss to a historic NFC rival.
The entire organization is being heavily criticized for the loss, but the subpar play of quarterback Dak Prescott might be the hottest topic of discussion.
Some former Cowboys have been quick to voice their opinions on the first-round letdown, but Hall of Fame wide receiver Drew Pearson didn’t hold back his frustrations regarding Prescott’s performance during an interview with The Zach Gelb Show on Monday.
“I’m just wavering now with Dak,” Pearson said. “I just saw regression as the season went on and that’s a disappointment at $40 million a year.”
With Prescott under center this season, the Cowboys were first in total yards per game (407) and second in passing yards per game (282.4). His individual stats showed elite production as well, with the seventh-most passing yards (4,449), fourth-most passing touchdowns (37), and third-best qualified passer rating (104.2).
And yet, Pearson admits his confidence in Prescott isn’t as strong as it once was.
“It’s wavered some towards the end of the season,” he said. “I was really high on (Prescott) … when they first drafted him. I was excited about that because of what he did at Mississippi State. He brought that winning attitude there and I thought he could bring that here.”
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SOURCE: Sports Illustrated, Zach Dimmitt