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Mailbag: Re-Setting Rookie Expectations? Questioning Play Calling?

TRAVIS JACKSONSEATTLE, WA
Are Dak and Zeke what we should start expecting more of from rookies coming out of the draft, or are these two guys that special?

Bryan: If we would've just listened to Dan Mullen, we would have all known that Dak Prescott was special. It's a different time in the NFL. The salary cap means that all draft picks need to contribute regardless of experience. Personnel guys expect their guys to play and so should you as a fan. 

David:Zeke's success really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. He was a top-10 pick and came to a team that had all the tools he needed to thrive. Dak is a bit of a different story. I have long said that you should expect anyone drafted in the top 100 to contribute right away. But for a quarterback to fall to the fourth round, and then have a Pro Bowl season as a rookie? That's amazing, and I'm not sure it's something we should expect to happen on a regular basis.

BUBBA ROSSPECOS, TX
Are we seriously not going to question the offensive coordinator's play calling during the Packer's playoff game? Those play calls were what I see as "I'm selfish, it's all about me." Write about this, question Scott Linehan. What was his thinking? This Cowboy fan wants the truth.

Bryan: You want the truth? Plays didn't work -- period. Linehan has done a tremendous job all season with his play calling. He managed a third string quarterback in training camp to a 13-win season and division title when most of us thought the season was dead in Seattle. One more thing. Don't question us asking the tough question. Maybe you should pay a little closer attention? 

David:I really do love the phrase "the truth," as though there's some type of conspiracy as to why the Cowboys lost that game. I have said repeatedly that I don't think Ezekiel Elliott touched the ball enough against Green Bay. That was a mistake. But stuff happens in football. There were some bad play calls, there were some good play calls. Even if I didn't agree with everything they did, the Cowboys certainly put themselves in a position to win, had they executed better. It was a disappointing end to the season, but to sit here an act like we should be calling for someone's head over a last-second loss is silly.

TRAVIS JACKSONSEATTLE, WA
Are Dak and Zeke what we should start expecting more of from rookies coming out of the draft, or are these two guys that special?

Bryan: If we would've just listened to Dan Mullen, we would have all known that Dak Prescott was special. It's a different time in the NFL. The salary cap means that all draft picks need to contribute regardless of experience. Personnel guys expect their guys to play and so should you as a fan. 

David:Zeke's success really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. He was a top-10 pick and came to a team that had all the tools he needed to thrive. Dak is a bit of a different story. I have long said that you should expect anyone drafted in the top 100 to contribute right away. But for a quarterback to fall to the fourth round, and then have a Pro Bowl season as a rookie? That's amazing, and I'm not sure it's something we should expect to happen on a regular basis.

BUBBA ROSSPECOS, TX
Are we seriously not going to question the offensive coordinator's play calling during the Packer's playoff game? Those play calls were what I see as "I'm selfish, it's all about me." Write about this, question Scott Linehan. What was his thinking? This Cowboy fan wants the truth.

Bryan: You want the truth? Plays didn't work -- period. Linehan has done a tremendous job all season with his play calling. He managed a third string quarterback in training camp to a 13-win season and division title when most of us thought the season was dead in Seattle. One more thing. Don't question us asking the tough question. Maybe you should pay a little closer attention? 

David:I really do love the phrase "the truth," as though there's some type of conspiracy as to why the Cowboys lost that game. I have said repeatedly that I don't think Ezekiel Elliott touched the ball enough against Green Bay. That was a mistake. But stuff happens in football. There were some bad play calls, there were some good play calls. Even if I didn't agree with everything they did, the Cowboys certainly put themselves in a position to win, had they executed better. It was a disappointing end to the season, but to sit here an act like we should be calling for someone's head over a last-second loss is silly.

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