Buccaneers: Bruce Arians is dead wrong about the Cowboys

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians, Tom Brady, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bruce Arians, Tom Brady, Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians needs to reevaluate the Cowboys.

Bruce Arians is one of the best coaches in the NFL, so he will always get the benefit of the doubt. What he did with the Buccaneers is nothing short of spectacular, and the recent Super Bowl win places Arians in the upper echelon of coaches in league history.

After decades as an offensive guru, few minds in the sport are better at evaluating offenses than Arians, but he is pretty far off base in his analysis of the Cowboys.

The Cowboys are a much better team than most people would give them credit for. The NFC East isn’t exactly a powerhouse right now, but Dallas still has a top-five offense, and they are a threat in every game.

Dallas’ offensive success comes from a well-created team, but Arians missed the mark when identifying their x-factor in a recent interview Tweeted out by Joey Knight.

Arians points out Ezekiel Elliott as the main worry, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Elliott is an above-average back, but he is not the catalyst for Dallas’ offensive resurgence.

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Dak Prescott is the only accurate answer for this question. No player on the Cowboys is more important to their team success, and Prescott is the best player on that team by nearly every metric. Arians may be trying to take the recent injury into account with his analysis, but even then, there is no comparison for Dak.

Prescott was on pace to break numerous records last season, with the most significant being a record-shattering pace to break the passing yards in a season milestone. During the worst season of Zeke’s career, Dak did all of this and behind a broken offensive line.

Not that Arians buys into narratives as much as fans, but it is time to leave the “Dak is a product of a good running back and good line” argument in the past. 2020 proved Prescott is the only reason why that team is good, especially when various backup quarterbacks couldn’t even get the Cowboys out of the division, which makes the people who said Andy Dalton could steal Dak’s job look even more naive.

Dak Prescott is a great quarterback. Wins mean nothing, but Prescott even has those. If wins did matter, Dan Marino isn’t an all-time great, which is asinine.

Leave the narratives in the past, especially when they age like milk in the sun. Bruce Arians was probably just trying to misdirect with his quote, which is more than fine for the Buccaneers, but if there is one player to worry about when the Bucs kick off the season, it is the opposing quarterback before anyone else.

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