Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy is no stranger to the quarterback room.
In his 27 years of NFL experience, he’s been able to coach classic elite QBs like Brett Favre and Rich Gannon and modern ones like Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith. Now he’ll have the opportunity to further mold Dak Prescott into an even better QB.
This process is made easier by having an experienced group of QBs.
“Well, I’ll say this. I think Dak has done a great job with the time away, and really the whole group, the quarterback group, and with the addition of Andy Dalton, I really like the quarterback room,” McCarthy said in a press conference. “I think the diversity that you have there with Dak Prescott and Andy with his experience, and then we’ve got our two young guys in Clayton (Thorson) and Ben (DiNucci), but most importantly, we have three former quarterbacks coach in that group. So it feels very normal as far as we go through the installations.”
While the experience helps, installing a new offense is something that every QB needs to work on when a new coach comes in. McCarthy said Prescott is going through this learning curve, but is progressing well.
“I think the biggest adjustment for Dak is the language, which has been an adjustment for all of us, but he’s looked very good in the throwing segments of the strength and conditioning phase that we’re in right now, and I’m very pleased where he is and very impressed,” McCarthy said.
This adjustment period coincides well with the Cowboys’ practice schedule. In the same press conference, McCarthy announced that the team is progressing well and will have their first practice in pads on Aug. 14.
“Next Friday will be our next practice in shells and we’ll take that to a different level as far as the competition,” McCarthy said. “But you’re looking at everything. We’re obviously at an 80-man roster point right now. We’re going to do the best we can to make sure we pick the right guys.”