Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is confident that the hard work the Cowboys are putting this offseason will pay off next season. The Cowboys didn't have a great 2020 season but they were hampered by injuries to key players.
Prescott suffered a season-ending injury early in the season and the Cowboys were left without their starting quarterback. Andy Dalton, who is now with the Chicago Bears, replaced Prescott in the starting lineup but he wasn't as productive as Prescott.
As a result, the Cowboys finished 6-10 and missed out on the playoffs. "It's going to be huge. It's going to pay off," Prescott said. "Obviously, the mental aspect, knowing the scheme, whether it's the defense learning a new scheme or whether it's the offense being on the same page and communicating better, I think it's going to pay off huge when we get to training camp to have maybe that step that these other teams may not take during the offseason."
Prescott and company preparing for the next season
Last season, coach McCarthy met the Cowboys players for the first time when the time came for training camp. "I'm loving 'normal,' there's no doubt about it," McCarthy said.
"It's great to be out on the field with your players. It's a lot of fun to see the coaches and you know how much time they put into the planning of practices, the drill work. ... The energy in the building since Monday has kicked off has been on a whole different level.
This is what we need. This is what I've always felt you did need, especially being a young team, especially being a team that's new in a lot of phases." Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz is also hoping the work they are putting will pay off.
"We realize we need this kind of work in the offseason," Schultz said. "We support everything the NFLPA's doing. We support all the guys that aren't showing up. That's a very personal decision for a lot of people.
We're a very young team, and we can benefit highly from this kind of work that we're doing now." Cowboys coach McCarthy hopes the Cowboys will bounce back from a disappointing 2020 season. "It's the front end of a new transition, putting in a new program.
We have a lot of changes from last year," McCarthy said. "The commitment has been tremendous in phase 1 and phase 2. It really puts us in a really good place to accomplish and get all eight installations here for these three weeks."