Published: June 19, 2017 at 09:57 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2017 at 04:52 p.m.

Derek Carr vs. Dak Prescott: Who'll end up with more Super Bowl rings?

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Monday's episode of "The Top 100 Players of 2017" on NFL Network counted down from No. 20 to No. 11. Two of the names revealed happen to be two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL: Dak Prescott (at No. 14) and Derek Carr (No. 11).

After Tony Romo went down in the preseason last August, Prescott was thrust into the starting role. From there, all he did was lead Dallas to an NFC-best 13-3 record, post a 104.9 passer rating and earn Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Not bad for a fourth-round pick. Meanwhile, Carr established himself as a true MVP candidate, racking up a sparkling 28:6 TD-to-INT ratio and guiding the Raiders to a 12-3 mark ... before a broken fibula prematurely ended his season in Week 16. It's impossible to not wonder what Oakland could've achieved in the playoffs with No. 4 under center, but this team's future appears quite promising. Same story with the Cowboys.

Carr is still just 26 years old. Prescott will be 24 in July. Given that these two signal callers front a pair of storied franchises with high hopes in the coming years, a simple question emerges:

Who do you think will end up with more Super Bowl rings: Derek Carr or Dak Prescott?

A couple advantages push Carr over the top
There's no guarantee that either of these guys wins a single ring -- this could be a 1 to 0 edge when all is said and done. Not a slight to either talented youngster -- that's just the truth. Forced to choose one, though, I will go with Derek Carr. I considered three factors in my decision-making process:

1) Who is the best QB? Derek Carr wins that at this point.
2) Who has the best head coach and staff? I will call that even.
3) Which organization has done the best job obtaining players? Clearly, both teams have done well here, but I will give the Raiders the edge.

Carr and the Raiders win two of my three categories, so the Oakland QB gets my vote. But everyone in the entire league will have to wait for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to hang it up!
Youthful Cowboys built for long run of success going forward
The Cowboys are better constructed to have a long, sustained run of success. They have a spectacular second-year running back in Ezekiel Elliott and a young offensive line that's the best in the business. They are still adding pieces to the defense, but I'd like to think that, as this team continues to build around Dak Prescott, Dallas will have a 5-to-7-year run.

When I look at Oakland, most of the major players are already in their prime and I don't know how much longer that can go. With the exception of Amari Cooper, everyone on offense is older. I just think Dallas is better prepared to have a long run, so I'm going with Prescott.
Do you even have to ask me?
I really like both of these players, but I have to side with family. I do hope it's close, though. Something like: Derek 8, Dak 7.

In all seriousness, Derek and the Raiders have the edge right now because they have game changers on both sides of the ball -- with a number on offense and Khalil Mack on defense. With Dallas, I don't see a defensive player right now who can change the outcome of a game. Until the Cowboys get someone who can, I'm giving the one-ring edge to Derek.
Prescott's Cowboys in prime position -- thanks to the QB's bargain salary
To appropriately answer this question, one needs to look at the surrounding team and situation, not just the quarterbacks. While the Raiders look like the more likely contender for 2017, with blue-chip players on both sides of the ball, those players ( Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack) will all need massive new contracts in the near future. Those paydays could hamper the front office's ability to help the team get over the hump. Meanwhile, Prescott is costing the Cowboys pennies, allowing them to make a run at top free agents in the coming years.

So while I expect both to make it to the big game, Prescott might have the better shot at multiple rings.
Such a challenging question -- I guess I'll roll with ...
The fact Dak and Derek are so talented and so young is kind of a scary prospect. Not for opposing NFL franchises, but for us mere mortals who no doubt will have to deal with Raiders and Cowboys fans for the next decade. Not only are there tons of them (especially here in Southern California), but they often aren't shy about letting you know that their team is doing well. (Especially when you consider fans of both franchises are likely Warriors fans, too. Raiders supporters, obviously, for geographical reasons. Cowboys backers, for front-running reasons.)

So, yeah. I was stalling. Because it's really tough to figure out an answer to this question. I mean, it's so hard to win a Super Bowl. And, at times, somewhat random. I mean, jeez, Brad Johnson and Trent Dilfer are Super Bowl quarterbacks. Dan Marino is not. Peyton Manning was carried to a Super Bowl 50 victory by a great defense. So it's not always on the quarterback. And yes, I'm stalling right now because I'm really having a tough time trying to reach a decision here. I like both quarterbacks. I feel like Derek will have many battles with Marcus Mariota to represent the AFC in future Super Bowls. Dak will be going up against Jameis Winston.

Give me Derek. Mostly because I don't want Cowboys fans to be happy. Am I incredibly biased? Yes. But at least I'm up front about it.
Wait a second -- has either guy won a SINGLE ring yet?
Who'll end up with MORE rings? Sorry to be a curmudgeon, buzzkill or otherwise, but at this point, either guy oughta be thrilled at the prospect of winning even ONE ring. You see, while it's quite easy for talent evaluators to declare on draft day a QB will win "multiple titles," the inconvenient reality remains this: There's only ONE Super Bowl-winning quarterback each calendar year. (That means at least 31 other QBs finish the season disappointed.) Assuming a high-end NFL QB plays a decade-and-a-half, that ring math says his chances of winning it all figures to be ... problematic.

The last 14 Lombardis have been claimed by just eight quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Joe Flacco. Over that stretch, lots of would-be saviors and their fan bases have been left unsatiated. Cam Newton's already six seasons into a Hall of Fame-but-Lombardi-less career. Andrew Luck has a half-decade of service under center, but still hasn't gotten over in the AFC Championship Game. Matt Ryan, Alex Smith, Sam Bradford and Carson Palmer were all expected to get it done as No. 1 overall picks. (ICYMI, they haven't.) One-time QB revolutionaries RGIII and Colin Kaepernick don't even have jobs in the league, and -- as you may have heard -- neither do Tony Romo and Jay Cutler. And what about poor Phil Rivers?!

None of the above is intended to diminish Carr, Dak or any of the other ring-less QBs. It's just that winning a Lombardi is hard, Trent Dilfer notwithstanding.
Carr's Raiders poised to eventually succeed New England in the NFL throne
After the Patriots' reign of terror over the NFL's 31 teams comes to an end, it will be the Raiders' turn to torture the league. Derek Carr showed the football cognoscenti he can play like an MVP candidate with a receiving duo that includes 23-year-old Amari Cooper.

And while both the Raiders and Cowboys have young stars on offense and rock-solid offensive lines, Oakland has something Dallas doesn't: a defensive cornerstone in Kahlil Mack. With such promising talent to build around on both sides of the ball, Derek Carr has a better shot to conquer the iron throne and collect more rings than Dak Prescott.
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