It’s impossible to have Eagles-Cowboys week without some Carson Wentz vs. Dak Prescott debate. According to 25% of the NFL’s general managers, however, there isn’t much debate when it comes to the two quarterbacks. Wentz is clearly viewed higher than Prescott.
I polled 8 NFL GMs asking whether they preferred @dak or @cj_wentz Results: Seven took Wentz, each citing his superior skills as pocket passer. The other GM took Dak to prevent it from being unanimous.— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) November 19, 2017
That’s pretty silly reasoning by the GM who took Prescott over Wentz. Make your pick based on who you think is better ... not based on what other general managers picked. They’re basically taking Dak “just because.”
So my whole thing is that I’ve really been wanting to see how Prescott operates without Elliott. And though it’s only been one game so far, and Tyron Smith wasn’t playing, the results don’t look so great. In the Cowboys’ loss to the Falcons, Prescott didn’t look very resilient. It was a tough situation, yes, but adversity isn’t an aberration in the NFL. A quarterback isn’t always going to have the perfect situation around him.
Part of the reason why franchise quarterbacks are at a premium is because elite ones can elevate the team around them. That’s exactly what Wentz HAS done this season. Wentz was getting hit a lot early in the Eagles-Panthers game. He didn’t fold like Prescott did in Atlanta. Instead, he continued to play at an MVP level like he has for most of the 2017 season.
So I don’t really wanna hear “they’re both good quarterbacks” because I do think that gives Dak more credit than he deserves while also taking away from Wentz. I think Dak is a fine game manager type who can have success when everything around him is going good. I think Wentz is a potentially elite quarterback who can elevate a team to greatness. At least, that’s what we’re seeing this season.
Werder’s poll doesn’t come as a surprise. NFL general managers have long viewed Wentz as the superior prospect. Wentz went at No. 2 overall and Prescott didn’t get drafted until the fourth round.
The latest battle in the Wentz-Dak saga takes place tonight on Sunday Night Football. It’ll be interesting to watch, as always.