When the MVP voting is released in two weeks, Dak Prescott will almost certainly be in the top five. He could be No. 2 behind Lamar Jackson.
However, the MVP award is a regular season award.
Prescott had the best record in the regular season with a record of 73-41 and a passer rating of 99.0, but it's a different story in the postseason. When it matters most, he's 2-5 with a passer rating of 91.8.
Prescott led the Cowboys to the postseason five times. He never even took them to the NFC Championship Game.
Prescott didn't have an answer to the “why” in the aftermath of the Packers' 48-32 debacle, but he acknowledged what every quarterback is measured against, especially in Dallas.
“The important thing is to keep winning in the playoffs and get to the last game and win that too,” he said after the game.
Cowboys fans were hoping everyone was gone after last Sunday's disaster, but the team announced Wednesday that Mike McCarthy will return as head coach. Prescott, who carried a $59.4 million cap hit, is also expected to return.
McCarthy called Prescott, a second-team All-Pro, “part of the solution.”
“I have incredible belief in duck” McCarthy said, via John Macciota of TheAthletic.com. “I think there's obviously a next step for him. I think this offense has suited him well. This is a system built around making quarterbacks successful. We both have future growth potential. I'm excited about the opportunity. Most of the conversation [the two had this week] It was a disappointment. We talked about the details of the game, what went wrong, and how we could improve it.
“I believe in Dak Prescott. I think he's clearly the answer. He's part of the solution moving forward. It's a tough time right now, but we'll get through this emotional time. I think he can do that, and we'll continue to build on what he brings to the table.”
The Cowboys will need to do something to lower Prescott's cap number in 2024, whether it's increasing his voidable period or signing him to an extension that makes him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. Will they want to be associated with him beyond 2024, despite the price they have to pay?
Prescott has impact, but the Cowboys traded Trey Lance and a fourth-round pick.
It's hard to believe they watched Lance enough in the limited number of practices they had to determine if he was the heir apparent.
The Cowboys have repeatedly said they view Prescott as the quarterback of the future, but how many more years will they give him to accomplish what he hasn't been able to accomplish in eight years? Baker Mayfield has as many playoff wins as Prescott, and Brock Purdy could earn his third win in two seasons this week.
Cowboys quarterbacks are judged by their Super Bowl wins. Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman have Super Bowl wins. No one else does.
Prescott will have at least one more chance to join them.