Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton is confident he can be a good replacement for the injured Dak Prescott and help his team win football games. Last Sunday, starting Cowboys quarterback Prescott suffered a terrifying ankle injury and he will probably be out for the rest of the season after undergoing a surgery.
Dalton, who entered the field in the third quarter after Prescott went down with an injury, led the Cowboys to a 37-34 win over the New York Giants. "We don't see things changing much. I feel like we can just run this offense," Dalton said, per ESPN.
"I've been in a lot of different systems and kind of been through it all, so I like everything that we're doing and my job is to keep this thing exactly how Dak had it. Dak was playing really well, and we don't feel like we want there to be any drop-off since he's not going to be in there."
Dalton well adjusted to the starting role
Dalton, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, spent his first nine years in the league with the Cincinnati Bengals. "Obviously, I've been used to starting. I mean for the last nine years, so my role is a little different the first five games being behind Dak, but now it's like getting back to basically how it was for me," Dalton said.
"And so I know how to prepare. I've got a routine that I've been used to that I've done that I feel like has worked really well for me. It's not really a whole lot new that I'm trying to figure out. I've got the experience of doing this for a while."
The Cowboys, who have started the season 2-3, will host the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy noted losing Prescott is tough but he optimistic that Dalton will do a good job. "You can never take for granted the presence and the command of Dak Prescott.
It was definitely noticeable," McCarthy said. "Frankly, it hit me from the practice structure when I went out to the quarterback school, not having him there with the two quarterbacks. But you have to turn the page on all injury situations.
I think we were so fortunate and blessed to have Andy Dalton. Andy has such a great way about him. It's a different leadership style. But the practice, the efficiency that I'm always looking for as far as communication from the playcaller to the command of the huddle, the pre-snap awareness and instincts, obviously your post-snap execution, I thought we had a good day and that's a real credit to Andy."