Ex-49ers QB Steve Young CLAIMS Dak Prescott’s Cowboys ‘don’t have a chance’ to win big this year, keeps the 49ers-Cowboys rivalry alive
Young believes 49ers have a better overall squad and coach compared to the Cowboys.
(L) Steve Young (Image via People/Dallas Cowboys)
The 2023 NFL season looks set to be a memorable one for most fans. While the AFC will be the center of attention due to the herd of elite quarterbacks in the division, the NFC, however, will be great in patches. The rivalry that everyone will eye the most is the Dallas Cowboys vs. the San Francisco 49ers. But former player Steve Young has come out and claimed that the 49ers will dominate the Cowboys.
Young, who won three Super Bowls for the 49ers back in the day, is adamant that the Cowboys have no chance. On the other hand, he praised his former side’s preparation and how well they are built.
“The 49ers have a head coach who is innovative,” Young complimented the 49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan, who led them to the NFC Championship last season. Moreover, he claimed the Cowboys’ tactics are outdated. “The Cowboys last year ran 2015 plays and don’t have a chance.” Young may be indirectly taking a dig at former Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. However, head coach Mike McCarthy has taken on that role, which indicates some changes.
Some might argue, like Colin Cowherd, that McCarthy is a defensive-minded coach. It’s possible Young is aware of that fact. Despite that, McCarthy has coached offense-heavy teams before, like the Packers, and won the Super Bowl.
Nevertheless, Young keeps his faith in Shanahan’s brilliance, which will lead the 49ers into postseason success. “Kyle figures out ways to make better for quarterbacks,” Steve Young told the San Francisco Chronicle. The 61-year-old is adamant that “we’re ahead of the game already.”
When do the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers next meet?
The Dallas Cowboys have been on a purple patch for the past decade. The farthest they managed were the divisional play-off matches, losing every time. So it’s not a surprise that they are looking for a change in fortune. In the last two seasons, they performed well, with a 12-5 record.
Dak Prescott‘s inability to cross the divisional threshold is causing problems for the Cowboys. His inability to keep the fumbles to a minimum has cost the team. But a soon-to-be-30-year-old Prescott is looking forward to the 2023 NFL season with renewed confidence.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers have done better in the same period. Coach Kyle Shanahan even took them to the Super Bowl in 2020, but they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. On paper, it does seem like the 49ers are ahead of the Cowboys, as Steve Young mentions. But they have a very young quarterback, Brock Purdy, who is only entering his second season. He will be facing the experienced Prescott in Week 5 (October 10) of the 2023 NFL season.
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