It was a somber rookie quarterback sensation Dak Prescott who addressed the media one day after the Dallas Cowboys’ season-ending 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
He was still hurting and disappointed but tipped his cap to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the amazing throw on third and 20 to set up the game-winning field goal as time as expired.
“He’s a great,” Prescott said. “He’s one of the best quarterbacks who has played this game in my mind. It was fun just watching him. As I said last night I hated that it had to be against me but that just shows how great he is. You give him some time and he’ll make you pay.”
Still, the Prescott said the ending of what was a special season “stinks” and “sucks”.
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He vowed to use the empty feeling as motivation for next year.
“Yeah, you’re going to keep this feeling,” Prescott said. “A feeling like this never goes away, knowing how special this team was, this group of guys, this group of men on this team, it was truly special. You guys saw it in the way we reacted, the way we loved each other. But at the same time you’ve got to move on. That’s what I’ll do and I’ll use that feeling to help me move on and put the work in to get better.”
Prescott came in as a fourth-round project before replacing an injured Tony Romo as the starter and embarking on the greatest statistical season for any rookie quarterback in NFL history. He acknowledged the 2016 season as one of the best he’s ever been part of.
He said this is just the beginning.
“It’s a building block,” Prescott said. “We’re going to get better from it. It’s going to make us better. We’ll make plenty more runs.”
Prescott said he will work in the offseason to improve in every aspect as a quarterback. He talk to other players to see what the do in the offseason in hopes finding the right formula to come back better than ever in 2017.
“It’s kind of how I’ve always been is just get better in the complete game of football, complete quarterback position,” Prescott said. “This is my I guess you could say first true full offseason. Looking forward to it and looking forward to getting better.”