Dallas Cowboys Present a ‘Dakumentary’

Dak Prescott – to this point in his career – is probably my favorite NFL player that I’ve ever followed a year into his career. I mean, I’m in love with the guy as a player. I like the Cowboys, this guy is the centerpiece, he’s all you want in a QB to lead a franchise. He put Tony Romo (good guy) into retirement. He’s going to get a Cowboys a Super Bowl.

And Jerry Jones has the Cowboys production department rolling out ‘Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion’ as a Documentary on their QB.

The documentary shows you where Dak Prescott came from, and starts out in a small town diner in Mississippi.

Then they talk to the coaches of Mississippi State, and they talk about Prescott being a guy who did everything ‘well’ but nothing phenomenal except his ability to be a competitor.

The story is told about LSU blowing off Prescott on the recruiting visit he made there. It was then that Dak decided he wanted to be a Bulldog at Mississippi State. The coach talks about his maturity being further along than his age. It then goes into the sadness of Dak losing his mom to cancer but playing through it.

He wears the number four because of his mother. This is something I did not know.

The best part of the documentary was showing the Cowboys talking about how he fit in their organizational plans with the playbook he ran in college while in their draft room.

I can’t wait to watch this guy for many Sundays and Thanksgivings to come. He’s a really likable kid.

Jerry Jones: Your Actions Impact the Entire Team

(Soon to be Hall of Fame Owner) Jerry Jones has spoken on the issues that ail his franchise. The Cowboys are outlaws. We see now why Vegas handicappers who are a lot smarter than any of us give the old wink wink nod nod 9.5 win total that looks so suspect low to the public. The Cowboys are in for a long season.

Jones had this to say, with the rookies reporting to training camp tomorrow in Oxnard, California:

“I think the biggest message is not one that has to be stated, and that is that your actions impact an entire team; it impacts an entire fan base,” Jones said Tuesday. “There’s a lot of responsibility there. To the team, it’s a reminder of the interest that’s in your actions and behavior, and it’s not dissimilar from the message you have when you sit down with a child and a young person when you’re talking about how they represent everybody. The message really is pretty simple: Try to think about your activities when you’re involved out here.”

“Our franchise has always been front and center,” Jones said. “It actually was before I became involved, so we articulate and really try to inform our players of the interest and the amount of exposure, the amount of transparency there is in their lives. Like all of us, we do good some days and don’t do good the others. That’s not to be confused with the tolerating of bad behavior or illegal behavior. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about just learning that your every move will be scrutinized and in this day and time will be looked at from many vantage points both physically as well as opinions. We ask for the world to look at the Dallas Cowboys. We ask for them to be interested in the Dallas Cowboys. We ask for that. We want to continue to educate ourselves as to how behavior can be portrayed. From the day I became involved with the NFL, I have had to continually address and learn what it’s like to have your every word possibly played back to you in a very public way.”

It’s nice to see Jones speak out that this isn’t going to be tolerated – although he didn’t exactly invoke a zero-tolerance policy or anything like that.

There isn’t an answer for what the Cowboys can do to control these guys. If you’re someone who hopes to see Dallas do well in the immediate future, you have to just hope that when the lights go on and the season progresses, they are a team that delivers. That is the ONLY way that this stuff won’t be a storyline into the next offseason and beyond.

Ezekiel Elliott is in trouble, again

Ezekiel Elliott has done something stupid again; this time he’s broken the nose of someone at a bar.

With Elliott, to me what is puzzling is he has these red flags of poor behavioral decision making yet he comes from a middle class, two-parent household of educated former college athletes. He even went to private school. So this is not a guy who came from a broken family with bad influences.

He sadly exhibits the behavior of an entitled private school frat boy jock.

He showed these red flags first to me when he was in his last year at Ohio State and the Buckeyes lost at the end of the season to Michigan State. He threatened to quit the team and not play in the bowl game. He pouted openly. I thought that the guy seemed a little off then.

The Cowboys concern is growing, and for good reason. Elliott probably is facing a four game suspension now at minimum.

Charles Haley: “Dak is like Joe Montana”

I always loved Charles Haley. I always thought he was the baddest motherfucker that ever lived. A scary man as an edge rusher. To me, there was Haley and Lawrence Taylor, with Bruce Smith somewhere in there but not quite as nasty.

I wasn’t far off.

It was good to see a Hall of Famer say the things he did about the Cowboys Quarterback. Of course, Haley probably loves Prescott because it’s nice to see an African American QB succeeding for America’s Team.

Haley says that Prescott reminds him of Joe Montana.

“Dak reminds me of Joe,” Haley told Newy Scruggs of DFW’s NBC 5.

“I tell him all the time, I say, ‘Man, this is your show. This is your rodeo,’” said Haley, who also was teammates with Hall of Fame quarterbacks Steve Young and Troy Aikman. “I told him that after game [five] when he was saying it was Romo’s show. I wanted to punch him in his chest. Hey, hold up. You’ve won four in a row. Then, you win five a row. Now walk out on the field before the game and say, ‘Who’s team is this?’ If he didn’t say, ‘My team’ real fast, I’ll punch him again. ‘My team.’ He’s got to realize he’s got to control everybody. Whether Romo would have came back or not, it’s about the confidence and believing that he was the man. That he was driving the bus. Then, that confidence will spill over and it did. When you listen to players talk they talk big about Dak, because he’s a man of character and a man of strength and a man of conviction.”

“He came from nothing, like me,” Haley said. “So guess what? What can you do? How can you hurt someone that came from nothing, that had to pull himself up from the bootstraps and walk out on the stage wearing that star on his head and go? What can you say? What can you do?”

Saying he’s Joe Montana is a lot. There will never be another Joe Montana. But it’s a nice heaping praise that made a good storyline as we are about two weeks from training camp, where the Cowboys and Cardinals open up on a Thursday night in the Canton Hall of Fame Game.

Johnny Manziel wants another chance

Johnny Manziel is at the National Fantasy Football Conference or whatever, and he wants another shot. Here are a few quotes.

“That’s all I’ve known for so long,” Manziel said. “It’s what I love to do. It’s hard. It’s hard sitting here going through OTA time and going through summer time and then getting ready to go through fall camp and not being a part of it. But at the same time, I’m really optimistic and hopeful that I’ll get another chance. That’s really what I’m holding out for every day.”

Well that’s just too bad, Johnny. Did it ever dawn upon you that *maybe* if you weren’t fucking off so bad on your first stint with the Browns about a dozen times and then afterwards being released; a second chance might be easier to come by? All stuff he should have thought about when he was flying to Vegas the night before games and representing the organization so poorly who put up with his crap time and again until the end.

All or Nothing, a Season with the Rams on Amazon video

With no baseball going, I dug into the Amazon series on the 2016 Los Angeles Rams called All or Nothing.

I guess it makes for a pretty good title. You learn that all teams can’t win the Super Bowl, and if they don’t; they have nothing.

The biggest takeaway other than it’s interesting to see things from the inside of an NFL team’s lockerroom for an entire season; is that Holy Shit does Gregg Williams have a mouth on him or what. I cannot wait to see Mr. Bountygate’s defenses get torched in Cleveland.

I am mixed on Jeff Fisher. Entertaining to watch, been around since I was a kid, but largely somehow always found his way to mediocrity. Was once heralded as a great, big-time head coach. Was once the gold standard in Tennessee and Houston. But all coaches get old.