Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman won three Super Bowls and went to six Pro Bowls. In the last three weeks, current quarterback Dak Prescott threw five interceptions and zero touchdowns, while losing all three games.
Safe to say they’re not exactly at the same place in their careers right now. However, when asked about Prescott, Aikman actually stood up for him. He knows that Prescott is taking a lot of flak, but he thinks he’s been good.
“Tough times don’t last but tough people do,” Aikman said, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “I think the guy has been incredible. I think if you watch him closely, as someone who played the position, I know how difficult it is. Overall, he’s doing just fine.”
Again, Prescott’s stats don’t really reflect that. His stats for the season are fairly average – 2,318 yards, 16 touchdowns, 9 interceptions – but the wheels have really come off lately. It seems like Aikman isn’t ready to give up on him with such a small sample size. Guys hit rough patches. Aikman did. Prescott has. The Hall of Fame quarterback thinks he’ll get through it and be fine in the end, which is good news for the Cowboys.
Plus, Prescott isn’t out there alone. How much of his poor play has to do with tackle Tyron Smith missing games and his protection suffering? How much is linked to Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension? Everything is a factor, and it’s not fair to Prescott to assume he’ll be flawless no matter what.