Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had a special guest on hand for Sunday’s 40-7 shocking victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
His high school coach Rodney Guin, who talks to him weekly, drove up from Shreveport to give the struggling quarterback some moral support.
It appears as if Guin, who coached Prescott at Haughton High School but is now the coach at Calvary Baptist, also slipped Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan his old game plan.
Prescott keyed the Cowboys’ blowout victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars with his arm and his legs. He passed for 183 yards and two touchdowns but also ran 11 times for a career-high 82 yards and a score.
Hall of Famer Roger Staubach is the only Cowboys quarterback with more rushing yards in a game. Prescott ran the ball 25 times a game in high school so it was a sight for sore eyes and a complete joy for Guinn.
“We used him,’‘ Guin said. “Big body. He was bigger than our linemen. They need to protect him,” Guin said. “Pretty good, that’s what they need to do, but he can run the ball, that’s a big weapon, no matter what level of football you play.”
Prescott was certainly appreciative of Guinn being at the game and in the audience at his post-game press conference. He smiled when he saw Guinn sitting on the front row as he entered the room in the bowels of AT&T Stadium.
“Yes, so many words I can say,” Prescott said. “I am so thankful for this guy, and I would be in this position without Coach. He told me he was coming to the game, so I wore my red, somewhat red and bowtie.
“He told me all I needed to do was to go out there and be myself, and trust my teammates and that is what we were able to do tonight. I’m glad he’s here.”
The Cowboys are glad they finally let Prescott do what he does best and be himself with his legs and his arms. He had a 17-yard touchdown run and a 26-yard scramble after spinning away from a would-be sack.
“That’s what you get when you get guys like Dak,” said Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones. “That’s what he brings, he should use that when he can, and he does, he’s so strong from the waist down, it’s hard to get him down. Most quarterbacks go down in those situations and he’s able to spin out of them and make plays.”
Prescott’s performance sparked the best offensive output of the season with a season-high 40 points. His 82 yards was complimented by 106 on the ground from Ezekiel Elliott.
“He’s a beast,’‘ Elliott said of Prescott.
Add in his precision in the passing game, including two touchdown passes to receiver Cole Beasley and the Cowboys offense was unstoppable against the vaunted Jaguars defense.
“If you have to defend him and Zeke in the run game it’s almost impossible,’‘ receiver Cole Beasley said to reporters after the game.
“Linemen have to hold their spots and ends, when they’re coming down, they can’t really come up late because Dak can pull it at any moment. When you have that dynamic it’s tough to stop our run game.”
Prescott completed 17 of 27 passes for 183 yards and a quarterback rating of 107.5 in what was his most complete game of the season. He was on the bench for the final drive of the fourth quarter as Cooper Rush came in for mop-up duty.
Who would have thought that after watching the Cowboys offense through the first five games of the season?
“It just opened everything up,” Prescott said of his running. “Some of it was called runs and read options. The end game was to read keep it and a lot them were just man-to-man protections and man-to-man coverage. The protection was solid. I was able to get out of the pocket and make them pay. It opened everything up for our offense.”
It was also a huge confidence booster for Prescott and the offense after the adversity of the past few weeks when his abilities were questioned and the offense was floundering.
Guinn, however, never wavered.
“He’s always had a lot of confidence in himself and his ability,” Guin said. “He’s had adversity his whole life, he’s had to work through that from the time he was small. Adversity? He’s used to it. He’s going to battle those deals.”