Cowboys' Dak Prescott is confused when Jerry Jones calls him 'the daddy'

Six months ago, Dak Prescott was a fourth-round afterthought, and not even Jerry Jones' first choice to be the successor to Tony Romo. Now, Prescott has a lot to do with the Cowboys' 10-1 start, is a legitimate MVP candidate, and, it turns out, can dominate opponents in any number of ways.

Yes, he's thrown for 2,835 yards with 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions, but he can also run the ball when needed. We were reminded of that truth on Thanksgiving when the 6-2, 230-pound Prescott took Redskins safety Donte Whitner for a ride on the Stiff Arm Express.

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Hi, Donte, I'm Dak. USATSI

That's Prescott stiff-arming Whitner on his way to an 18-yard gain that set up a touchdown pass to Terrance Williams a few plays later. It was enough for Jones to make this grand (and, frankly, weird) proclamation:

"Well I'll say this, not only are you see [Prescott] gaining when they got that pursuit coming after him, you see him run by a secondary player and then when he puts that stiff-arm [out] you quit worrying about him a little bit.

"He's the daddy when he does that."

So what did Prescott make of Jones' "daddy" remark?

"I don't know what that means," the 23-year-old said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I have no kids. Don't want any."

This seems like the correct response.

Either way, Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan could do without the stiff-armin' altogether.

"I kind of didn't see it that good," Linehan said, via the Star-Telegram. "I did hear the crowd, so I figured he did something. Yeah, he's got that in his game. He told me after the play, he said, 'I got lots of plays in college that I can show you that was part of my game.' I said, 'Let's see if we can get to the sideline and save the heroics.' But he's a strong guy, and he's reacting like a great competitor. It was a great competitor by him, because [Whitner] is a physical tackler. Normally you get the guy to the ground right away, but Dak showed a lot of play strength on that play."

Whitner conceded that Prescott -- rookie or not -- is a tough matchup.

"They're very frustrating. You have a lot of quarterbacks in the National Football League that take chances with the football and [you] get the opportunity for interceptions," Whitner said, via the Dallas Morning News. "To put the ball on the ground when you get to them, when you sack them. This quarterback doesn't do that. ...

"That's why he's playing so well. He understands situations, he's not trying to turn the football over, and he's taking this opportunity and running with it."

Prescott, meanwhile, is taking it all in stride.

"It's just me being a football player, and I think they know that," he said after the Thanksgiving game. "They're not going to try to stop me from using my strengths. It's knowing my matchups, when to do it and when not to."

The Cowboys can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Vikings this week, coupled with a Buccaneers loss or tie, or a Redskins loss.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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