His time away from football has built up a desire to be on the field and to take all of the reps available. When removed from practice due to overuse early in camp, he was audibly angry, as seen in Tuesday’s debut episode. Getting hurt again hasn’t helped, either.
But don’t confuse a desire to play with a goal of completely owning the show for the Cowboys. Prescott isn’t out to reset passing records — he’s out to stack victories and chase a title.
“I don’t want to throw for 6,000 yards to be honest with you,” Prescott said Wednesday when asked if he’d like to replicate the pace he was on before his season-ending ankle injury. “That means we’re not running the ball. That means we’re not probably doing the things that we need to do to be a balanced, winning team. Sure, it’d be great to have those numbers and to break that or to have that record or whatever it is. But that’s not something I put into my head.
“As I say, I want to be the best offense in the NFL and I think the best way we can do that is if I’m not throwing that many yards and our run game is working, we’re playing complementary football and we’re winning a lot of games. And I think if that’s the case, then hopefully I’m not playing as many fourth quarters trying to come back and do the two-minute drill as we were doing in those first five games that got me a lot of those numbers.”
Prescott was doing plenty of that in 2020, being forced to try to throw the Cowboys back into games and make up for a sieve-like defense that struggled to stop a nosebleed in the first quarter of the season. By the time Prescott was knocked out of action for the year, the Cowboys had developed a reputation for being a team that leaned heavily on its offense and needed more than a simple adjustment in gameplan.
Out went defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, and in came former Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. A handful of personnel changes followed as well, giving the Cowboys hope they can provide more resistance to opposing offenses than they could for a good part of 2020.