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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott making great progress with ankle rehab - Adam Maya, NFL

Not only is the ankle coming along well, but Dak’s utilizing all the tools at his disposal to keep himself in football shape.

The star quarterback has been attacking rehab to ensure that future is bright. And he’s making great progress.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Prescott is walking, working on an anti-gravity treadmill and in a HydroWorx pool, which takes pressure off his ankle but allows him to get in shape.

“Based on the work he’s put in, what they think, he’s going to come back better than ever,” Rapoport said Saturday on NFL GameDay Morning.

Cowboys Rumors: Dak Prescott ‘Coming Along Great’ in Recovery from Ankle Injury - Tim Daniels, Bleacher Report

And of course, there’s always that looming contract situation that fans would also like to see come along great.

While the team holds the right to franchise him again, it’s an unlikely endgame since it would cost an estimated $37.69 million on a one-year deal for 2021.

Prescott holds quite a bit of leverage since the Cowboys dropped to No. 10 in the 2021 NFL draft order with three wins over their past four games, which could put them out of contention to draft a suitable replacement for the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

There are a lot of variables in play given the uncertain impact of the coronavirus pandemic on future spending, but so far there’s been nothing to suggest the Mississippi State product won’t be back under center for Dallas next season.

Cowboys conversation: Why hiring Dan Quinn was a good move - Staff, The Athletic

The Athletic’s Jon Machota and Bob Sturm have a nice little talk about the Cowboys new coaching hire.

Machota: I’m impressed by the hire. If you go on Twitter or read comments under stories, you’ll always find fans complaining about just about anything. But for the most part, my initial reaction was this is about as good of a hire as they probably could have made. It’s a significant upgrade from the way I felt about bringing in Mike Nolan last year. The fact that Quinn has won a Super Bowl as a defensive coordinator — probably should have won two — and the fact that he got to another Super Bowl as a head coach, I think those are great things. My first reaction to the criticism I’ve heard about the Falcons losing that Super Bowl under him was I’d take that if I were Dallas. If he can help get this Cowboys team to a Super Bowl, that’s a great hire. Let the Cowboys blow a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl, and then we’ll criticize them from there. But if he can duplicate that 2016 success and get them to that level, that’s great. Obviously, the money in Atlanta was largely spent on offense, like it is here. I don’t necessarily expect him to have a top-five, top-10 defense, but at least if everyone is on the same page and buying in, and that seems like what he’s about, I think it’s a good hire.

Sturm: Yeah, that’s what the NFL is. Basically, you want one unit that can really be up top and the other unit doesn’t kill you. So from that standpoint, if he can get you to 15th in the major categories, if he can just get you to league average — and that should not be asking a whole lot if you give him any personnel assistance — there’s no question that this guy, with his resume and with his know-how, you could have a league-average defense and you could have it as early as next year. There’s no doubt. I think it’s a tremendous hire, and I’m happy to hear we’re on the same page on this one.

A closer look at Kellen Moore’s 3-year rise from retired QB to NFL head coaching candidate - David Moore, Dallas Morning News

Kellen’s stock continues to rise with each new day.

Moore has done more than forge a strong relationship with his starting quarterback. Dak Prescott has evolved noticeably under Moore’s guidance.

Philadelphia is searching for that expertise at the moment, whether it’s helping Carson Wentz recapture his promising career or putting Jalen Hurts in position to have one.

That’s why Moore is on Philadelphia’s list. That’s why he’ll interview for a head coaching job in the NFL six months before he turns 33.

One season as a quarterbacks coach. Two seasons as an offensive coordinator for two different coaches, calling plays both times. Moore has compiled an impressive résumé in a short period of time.

It’s why Boise State pursued him. When that didn’t work out, he began the new year by signing a three-year contract to remain as the Cowboys offensive coordinator.

“Yeah, I want to be a head coach,” Moore told reporters several weeks ago when the mutual attraction with his college surfaced.

How does Moore or any young assistant know when they’re ready to become a head coach?

“I don’t know the answer to that one necessarily,” he said.

Spagnola: Head Coach Hiring No Exact Science - Mickey Spagnola, Dallas Cowboys

Spags has a couple thoughts on the coaching carousel, including how it’s just a matter of time before Kellen Moore gets his chance.

Kellen has head coaching in his DNA for sure. His father, Tom Moore, has been a successful head football coach at Prosser (Wash.) High School, winning 21 league titles during his 23-year coaching career (1986-2008) there.

And then this little known fact, his grandfather, Thomas “Bert” Moore, was a highly successful state of Illinois high school basketball coach in the 1950s, at of all places, and unbeknownst to me until Kellen arrived in Dallas, at my high school, Bloom Township in Chicago Heights, Ill.

Just not sure Kellen wants to enter into that Philadelphia hornet nest with that mess of a quarterback situation and that incorrigible fan base. Plus, he needs to make sure Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie’s interest is not some counterespionage, wanting to interrogate his brain about the Cowboys.

OL Connor Williams Proves Durable, Serviceable At Left Guard - Kevin Brady, Inside the Star

The Cowboys had all kinds of problems along the offensive line this past season, but Connor Williams wasn’t one of them.

The lone bright spot across the group was the one guy who has caught incredible amounts of criticism from the fanbase during his first few years in the league. Left guard Connor Williams started every game of the 2020 season, missing just one snap the entire year. He did this despite being banged up at different times, and while being the only preseason starter remaining most weeks.

Williams, who has notably struggled against bigger defensive tackles due to his slighter frame, has clearly bulked up since entering the league. I’ve also noticed him anchor a bit better with his lower half this season, and resist the urge to lunge at pass rushers, allowing himself to stay square rather than getting his head over his toes.

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