Bruce Arians On Dak Prescott: He’s The Same QB

September 8th, 2021

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.

Don’t even try to tell Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians that frisky Jerry Jones’ $40 million a year quarterback Dak Prescott might be compromised.

Prescott, as we all know, blew up his ankle last October and has not played in any sort of NFL game since. That is, until tomorrow night — tomorrow night! — when the Bucs host the Cowboys to open the 2021 season.

Some national NFL analysts don’t believe Prescott will be the same quarterback right away. Arians seems to have one word for that type of analysis.


“Knowing him personally like I do, there’s no change in him [or] the way he’s going to play,” Arians said yesterday. “He only knows one way how to play, and that’s full speed. So, we’re preparing for the guy that [he] was [before his injury].”

That’s a smart way of thinking. Expect the best and hope for less.

If the Bucs prepare and are ready for the pre-injury Prescott of 2020, and Prescott is a lesser player, that’s all the better for the Bucs.

26 Responses to “Bruce Arians On Dak Prescott: He’s The Same QB”

  1. Tampa Brady Fan Says:

    Dak-azz is still the same over-rated choke artist he’s always been. Cowgirls suck.

  2. SlyPirate Says:

    1. Suffered a severe ankle injury.
    2. He had surgery.
    3. He didn’t practice for the majority of the preseason.
    4. He didn’t play in a single preseason game.

    Why would anyone believe he’ll play well against the defending champs in his first game back?

  3. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Because Sly we tend to give these guys a chance to make a game of it that’s why.

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    Never, ever underestimate an NFL opponent. It will get you in trouble every time. QB with a prior injury and little practice. O-lineman out with Covid. We should kick their butts. Don’t believe it. They will bring everything they’ve got and we better be ready for everything they throw at us. With BA, Leftwich and Bowles on watch, I think we will.

  5. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I totally agree, never ever underestimate an NFL opponent.
    We are the Super Bowl Champs, and each and every team is gonna try and dethrone us.
    I think we beat the Cowboys though, even with a healthy Dak Prescott.

  6. Steven007 Says:

    I have no doubt that our team will not underestimate the Cowboys. There is no sense in that and they are professionals and well coached. They will treat this team as if it were a full strength dangerous cowboy squad. And in doing so I would hope we win a decisive victory.

  7. Bojim Says:

    Don’t get complacent.

  8. Brandon Says:

    Yep, you guys that have never played or coached sports before are right. Dak is probably not 100%. Not even sure why we should install a game plan. Just re-use one from last year. It won’t matter, the Cowboys aren’t a professional team. Come to think of it, not even sure we need to play our starters. We just show up and the Cowboys will roll over and play dead in awe of our awesomeness. This should probably work all year.

  9. Adrnagy Says:

    Dak will be conservative first half with his mobility. I see zeke being feature more. And dak in pocket.
    Dak has alot of pressure to perform after that big contract. Also alot of change in coaches and players. Wish him well but he will get tossed around tomorrow.

    Only way cowboys win is if zeke finds a miracle and is very sucessful running. That will open up for WR.
    But then again … theire defense is very new. Not sure they can keep up with gronk , oj lenny. Or evans. Godwin.

  10. PassingThru Says:

    Arians is right, same player in terms of giving it his all… but Arians means effort, not polish. Dak is going to be rusty after missing all three preseason games and lots of preseason practice time. The only thing helping Dak is that this is the first game of the season; he might be able to exploit a timing or communications problem.

    Who am I fooling? Dallas is going to lose. The only question is that will they keep it close enough to cover the spread.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sure….Dak is the same QB…..but here’s the deal

    Shaq is the same OLB
    JPP is the same OLB
    LVD is the same ILB
    Devin White is the same ILB
    Suh is the same DT
    Vea is the same DT
    Gholston is the same DE.

    Etc, etc, etc, etc.

  12. Craig Says:

    Dak tossed a couple of perfect games last season, but it has been a long time gone since then. He will be rusty as a gate hinge to start, and will probably be tentative in the second half, if he makes it that long.

    I think his shoulder problem is from not being able to plant his feet right, even if it is psychosomatic, it is still a big deal; a few hurries will really unsettle him.

    Should be a good game, but not a real serious challenge to the Bucs, their defense doesn’t stand a chance.

  13. JimmyJack Says:

    Either way the key to beating this offense is take Elliot out of the game. We put them in 2nd/3rd and long all day and let our passrush take care of the rest…….Dallas has a good OL so our passrush has a tough job. But if they are showing up with a depleted line tomorrow they might have serioys problems moving the ball at all.

  14. JimmyJack Says:

    And dont be buying that rusty bullcrap either……Ive seen enough sports to know that is no safe bet. He might even have some rust that doesnt show up……..Put a guy under big pressure under national spotlight and adrendiline might just take over.

    You just dont never know. If the guy is in the game it could go either way. The Bucs danged well better be ready to face a good QB

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Still looking for the rust on JTS

  16. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @…that frisky Jerry Jones’ $40 million a year quarterback …
    i can’t comprehend how you can pay a single player that money!!!!!??
    …and then how can you pay Prescott that money??!!!… i guess ONLY in Texas..
    Non sense 🤔

  17. PassingThru Says:


    Maybe you should push that chair a bit closer to the TV. Rust is real on a professional football team, particularly as it affects the timing for a QB and his targets. That’s why teams give their starting QBs reps during preseason games, despite the risk of injury.

  18. firethecannons Says:

    I would like to see Bucs pass rush chasing Dak every play like Mahomes was chased, over and over until he is limping and then ground him into the turf.
    If it matters to anyone: I am a 60 y/o woman who will be watching at home with hubbie while wearing our superbowl Buc gear.

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    Passing my mistake. Rust is defientaly real.

    What I meant is that its not a guarantee, many seem to be acting like it is. Just offering a fair warning to not never never count nobody out before they get to play. Too many times players have overcome adversity to show us this is foolish……Im sorry but Gibson had no business hitting that jimmyjack in the 80’s. Dude was limping on both legs.

    Rust might be more likely but with all the heroic moments you could look at in sports Dak pulling a good game out of his rear end is defientaly entirly posible.

  20. PassingThru Says:

    It’s all good JimmyJack!

    Dak can be dangerous, he’s an above-average QB… and all above average to elite QBs are dangerous once they get into a passing rhythm. That’s what the defense has to watch for, and I’m sure your point was along those lines.

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    Passing Through I wont lie…..I am freaking nervous, man. I am scared…..And I cant put my finger on it.

    Instict says its all the losing we have endured over the years but really I think its the horoor of that 2003 season thats scares me more then anything. Of all the gut puches and mouth kicks weve had that one by far hurt the most.

    I wont be able to fall asleep tonight, planning on passing out.

  22. Juke Says:

    To the one’s that can remember, when growing up in your neighborhood there was a couple of athletes that you thought were real good. How many of them made it professionally? The numbers are staggering. My point is that these people are all professional athletes and we’re chosen for a reason and purpose to be the best they can be in their position. Bottom line, don’t assume, just observe, and enjoy no matter which way the game goes. Welcome back football, we missed you.

  23. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Passing thru

    Our Offense is indeed formidable, but they only played what? 15 plays in the preseason? Rust never sleeps. Counting on Brady culture to keep things tight.

    It’s the first game for Dallas too, and they have brand new hopes and goals like every team. Any given day and all. Add in the game basically starts at TB12’s bedtime.

    Bucs win… but not easily.

  24. PassingThru Says:


    The offense not only played in the preseason games, they also practiced against themselves and held joint practices with other teams. Dak? Nope. Pulled day 2 of practice because of a tenderness, then after a long layoff he started throwing again on a pitch count. He only started throwing free and loose (reportedly) within the past week.

    Both teams will show some rust, but the smart money is on Dak and the Dallas offense being quite a bit more rusty than the Bucs.

    It’s a Bucs win, the only question is whether they cover the spread. The spread from 7.5 and has since widened to 8.5.

  25. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Don’t be scared. In 2003 we christened the Internet angles new stadium with a victory on opening night, remember?

  26. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Internet angles?