Dak Prescott had a sophomore slump last season. At least if you look at his stats compared to his rookie season.
Prescott threw for fewer yards (3,667 to 3,324), fewer touchdowns (23 to 22), more interceptions (4 to 13) and saw dips in his completion percentage (67.8 to 62.9) and passer rating (104.9 to 86.6).
But the Dallas Cowboys' new quarterbacks coach, Kellen Moore, like everyone else within the organization, isn’t overly concerned about it.
"Yeah, yeah, he’ll be just fine," said Moore, making his first public comments since becoming the team’s quarterbacks coach earlier this off-season.
"He’ll be great. Not worried at all."
Moore, who spent the past three seasons as a player with the Cowboys, took the field for the first time in a coaching capacity Friday as the Cowboys opened their rookie minicamp. He is excited about his new role and believes it’s been a seamless transition to this point.
Moore’s dad, Tom, was a longtime high school coach in Washington, and Moore got an inside look at what being a professional coach entails when he did several coaching-related tasks while on injured reserve in 2016.
"Always around it growing up," Moore said. "My IR year was kind of a nice experience from that aspect of kind of seeing it from that perspective. It fits me good."
Moore has plenty of help within the coaching room given his relationships with coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Doug Nussmeier has been a longtime quarterbacks coach, too, before joining the team as tight ends coach earlier this off-season.
Moore has a good understanding of the quarterbacks room, too, having been with Prescott his first two seasons as well as Cooper Rush last year. And rookie Mike White comes to the Cowboys from Western Kentucky, which runs similar concepts as Moore’s alma mater, Boise State.
Asked if he’ll coach Prescott hard, Moore said: "I think it’s a mutual respect type thing with Dak, Coop, Scott, we’ve all been in that room together. So it may change the seat, but at the end of the day, we’re all in this thing together.
"We’re trying to help each other be really successful, certainly Dak on Sundays during the fall. That’s all we’re focused on."