Dak vs History: An Analytical view of the Cowboys' Franchise QB

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The Criteria

We decided to base our study on a mixture of counting numbers (passing yards, passing touchdowns), team success (wins), and efficiency (passer rating). We totaled these stats as over the first three years for all 32 qualifying passers, ranked them in each category and added up their rankings in each category to come up with a total score. The scores are ranked in PGA format (lowest score is best) the results are as follows. 

Name
Passer Yards
Passing Touchdowns
Passer Rating 
Wins

Aaron Rodgers 

12394

86

99.4

27

Andrew Luck

12957

86

86.7

33

Phillip Rivers

10549

77

93.3

33

Russell Wilson

9950

72

98.7

36

Dak Prescott

10876

67

96.0

32

Carson Palmer

10768

78

90.8

25

Tom Brady

10227

69

85.7

34

Derek Carr

11194

81

88.1

22

Andy Dalton 

11360

80

85.5

20

Carson Wentz

10152

70

92.5

23

Matt Ryan 

10061

66

86.6

33

Joe Flacco

10206

60

87.6

32

Jameis Winston

11636

69

87.3

18

Cam Newton

11299

64

86.5

25

Jared Goff

9581

65

94.7

24

Eli Manning 

10342

71

75.6

29

Marc Bulger

9635

57

94.3

26

Matthew Stafford 

12272

74

79.3

16

Ben Roethlisberger

8519

52

90.7

29

Blake Bortles 

11241

69

78.8

11

Marcus Mariota 

9476

58

88.8

20

Ryan Tannehill 

11252

43

83.6 

23

Chad Pennington

7932

51

92.7

20

Mark Sanchez

9209

55

72.2

27

Drew Brees 

8550

55

83.1

21

Michael Vick

7723

45

77.6

27

Robert Griffin

8097

40

90.5

14

Alex Smith

7610

48

79.5

15

Sam Bradford

9378

45

76.6

15

Vince Young 

6624

31

75.5

25

David Carr

8136

34

71.9

14

Jamarcus Russell 

4083

18

65.2

7

What it means for Prescott

The big takeaway here is that the common assertion that Prescott lacks in statistical production may be a bit overblown. The Cowboys' star QB ranks in the top 15 in every category and is ranked 5th overall. That places him ahead of All-Time greats like Drew Brees , Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger as well as contemporaries like Carson Wentz, and Jared Goff. 

This means that the assertion that Dak could be worth up to 30 million or more per season isn't as ludicrous as detractors may believe. Dak has recently stated he wants to be a Cowboy for life and by all indications, he will certainly get his chance. 

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