Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott knows he needs to curb turnovers in 2023 after leading the NFL with a career-high 15 interceptions in 2022.
Playing for a team nicknamed «Team USA» means the eyes of the entire country are on the Cowboys no matter when they play, making every interception feel like three at once.
After watching videos and recapping what he did last season, Prescott knows that number will be different this year.
«I won’t have 10 interceptions this year,» Prescott boldly told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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Prescott didn’t want to throw his wide receivers under the bus, but he believes that some of his interceptions last year were the result of drops.
«I know who I am, and you can go back and take half of those drops off,» Prescott explained. «I’m not saying it’s on the receiver, but if you cut it in half, then we start talking about it, nobody’s talking about it.»
The exact number is four, according to NFL.com, and there were times when Dallas receivers got their hands on the ball before it was finally intercepted.
Although that’s how the game works sometimes. Whether the ball slips through a receiver’s hands, or a receiver falls with or without contact on a route, interceptions happen.
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However, when you’re on «Team USA,» Prescott understands that every interception matters more.
«We are a topic of conversation,» he said. «When you find something to talk about, that’s the first thing you go to.»
Prescott has been the focal point since he was named the team’s starter in 2016 as a rookie, leading Dallas to a 13-3 record in 16 games. He’s had a losing record just once in his career, and he’s been a very competent starting quarterback in one of the league’s toughest divisions in the NFC East.
However, Cowboys fans don’t care about the regular season right now.
Yes, it takes a good record to make the playoffs, but when the franchise’s last Super Bowl win came in 1995, the organization and its fan base craved another Vince Lombardi Trophy in the building.
Prescott is just 2-4 in his playoff career, which includes a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a loss to the San Francisco 49ers last season. Prescott threw two interceptions and a touchdown in a 19-12 loss to San Fran.
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Going into 2023, Prescott is confident the Cowboys will thrive with Mike McCarthy calling the shots now that Kellen Moore, the team’s offensive coordinator last season, is with the Los Angeles Chargers.
«Mike does an amazing job with those [receivers]. They know where to be, why to be, when they look at them. That’s going to be a big leap,» Prescott said.
If Prescott can limit his turnovers and continue to find the end zone like he has for years, maybe the Cowboys can finally get that playoff run the team desperately wants.
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You can bet that Cowboys fans — and the rest of the NFL — will be watching that interception total closely as the season progresses.