Dak Prescott suffered a compound right ankle fracture on Sunday night, ending her season for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys quarterback has had a remarkable season, finishing with three straight 400-yard games before Sunday’s game against the Giants. However, the stats didn’t necessarily translate into wins as the Cowboys only had one before Sunday.
With that in mind, Tony Dungy, analyst for NBC Sports and Hall of Famer, said Prescott’s injury could perhaps work for Dallas. However, he used the wrong choice of words to explain his thoughts.
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“As difficult as it is for Dak Prescott, it could be a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys,” Dungy said. “They have a good, veteran quarterback who can make a few plays. And that could cause them to revert to their old formula. Lean on the running game and lean on Ezekiel Elliott. Help this defense by controlling the ball. “”
Dungy was understandably criticized, because “blessing in disguise” was not the right choice of words. And he later acknowledged that in an apology on Twitter.
Blessing in disguise was a poor choice of words on my part. It is not a blessing for Dak. What I wanted to say is that for the Cowboys, the season is not over. Andy Dalton is very capable and bringing the focus back to Elliott could help the defense. But I feel very bad for Dak. https://t.co/MKA9TpzbKW
– Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) October 12, 2020
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Aside from the wrong choice of words, Dungy may not be really precise with his statement anyway.
Dungy’s comments make it look like Dallas didn’t give Elliott the ball. The Cowboys have given Elliott at least 20 touches in all but one game this season. He is third in the league (behind Josh Jacobs and Joe Mixon) overall with 113 in five games.
So when Dungy says the Cowboys can now “lean on Ezekiel Elliott,” there’s not much to lean on.
He’s right that Dallas is smart enough to have a solid save option on Andy Dalton. But the Cowboys will surely miss their starting quarterback, who was on track to become the first NFL passer to pass 6,000 passing yards in a single season.