DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys fan base may have groaned earlier this week when owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones said starting quarterback Dak Prescott would be extended, but don't count Roger Staubach as among that group.
The Hall of Fame quarterback joined "Shan & RJ" on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] to talk about how he is still a big believer in Prescott, and that all of the offensive woes can't be laid at his feet.
"You can see the ability that Dak has," Staubach said. "He's shown that. And I think he's a good leader because there are other issues. The quarterback definitely gets way more credit than they deserve when you're winning and they take the brunt of it when you're losing. That's just the way it is. I felt the same way. I took the brunt of our problems. When you're winning, you get too much credit as a quarterback."
Staubach led the Cowboys to four Super Bowl appearances during his tenure as the full-time starter for Dallas from 1971-79, winning two of them, and earning Super Bowl MVP honors at the end of the 1971 season. Credit is bestowed on Staubach for establishing the franchise's winning tradition, but very rarely does anyone blame him for Dallas starting 1-4 and missing the playoffs in 1974 or for completing 15-of-37 for 150 yards and three interceptions in a 14-12 NFC Divisional playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
With the same objective approach, Staubach evaluates the Cowboys' offense and the team's 3-5 record and does not see their third-year field general as the big issue for their lack of success.
Said Staubach: "I think Dak is not the problem on offense. I think he's part of it, but I really feel that he can continue to be a quarterback that if you look at the plus things, I think they've far outweighed the difficulties at this stage. It's not going in a great direction right now. I think he can turn it around."
Staubach also points to a rash of injuries that have hit the offensive line and the linebacking corps that have accounted for some of the team's troubles through the first eight games.
"The offensive line has really had problems and it's slowed down," said Staubach. "Ezekiel [Elliott] is a great running back. We're not getting the running game like we should. So, it's a combination of things there on offense, especially the offensive line. They lost [Travis] Frederick. Then on defense Sean Lee has been in and out and he's going to be out again. He's their leader. And not to say injuries, but injuries are a factor that have hurt the team."
Even though the Cowboys are on a two-game losing streak and possess a 1-1 mark in the NFC East, Staubach believes a win over the Eagles would be a shot in the arm to help a team in search of a morale boost.
"I don't think it's over yet," Staubach said. "They still have the Eagles. They really got to beat the Eagles and they can be back in and giving us hope."
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