At least one other NFL head coach not named Jason Garrett expects Dak Prescott to continue his high level of play in 2017.
He added: "You shake his hand and you feel like he's a guy who's hard to get off his spot and that's going to serve him well throughout his career. I like the look in his eye. When the game starts and you're watching the game, you feel calm watching him play -- and that's a good trait because you trust him."
While Payton's observation is the type of highly unscientific generality that has come to define offseason football chatter, he's not alone. The inability to completely remove Prescott from the Cowboys' dynamic rushing offense and evaluate him independently has made him an interesting topic to discuss. People have to rely on about 100-150 throws or "moments" that they have decided make Prescott a franchise quarterback in their minds. Others, jaded by the Nick Foles, Derek Andersons, Robert Griffin IIIs, Josh Freemans, Colin Kaepernicks and Kevin Kolbs of the world, prefer a larger sample size.
While I am always a fan of a larger sample size, a Prescott "drop off" would also be dependent on a ton of other factors around him. It could be years before we get a complete picture of the quarterback he can and will be.
Prescott won this year's Rookie of the Year award after throwing for 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions. In a white-knuckle NFC divisional playoff game, he was 24 of 38 for 302 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
That alone would leave many Cowboys fans to believe there is no need to worry about the future. But if everyone was sold, we wouldn't be having this conversation about sophomore slumps in the first place.