Dallas Cowboys: How Bleak Is Backup Quarterback

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 30: Cooper Rush #7 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass in the first half of the preseason game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 30: Cooper Rush #7 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass in the first half of the preseason game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

A lot of the talk coming out of the Dallas Cowboys minicamp has been about how bleak the backup quarterback position is looking. How bad is it really?

With all of the praise Dak Prescott has had at the Dallas Cowboys’ minicamp, there has been as much negative about backups Cooper Rush and Mike White. While some of White’s issue could be simply not enough snaps and only being in his second year, the issues apparently with Rush makes White’s issues more troubling.

As of right now, backup quarterback is “up for grabs.”

When speaking about the backup quarterback position, Kellen Moore said:

"“I think everybody is a work in progress. We just talk about focusing on the progress of playing quarterback don’t worry about the outcome right now,”"

While there is plenty of time to determine who will be the backup, the position is not giving a lot of people a sense of security should something happen to Dak Prescott.

Regardless of how anyone feels about Prescott, he is the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. This is a fact. And while he has remained injury free, we all know that can change in a second at any time. Just ask Robert Griffin III if you don’t believe me.

Currently, neither Rush nor White are giving a lot of confidence should something happen to Prescott. During minicamp, both White and Rush have looked, not just rusty or “off”, but in need of a lot of work. Should something happen to Prescott, many feel if Rush or White have to start, the Cowboys season will be over.

The question now becomes what the Cowboys can and will do to improve the situation. Before we look at this, let’s address the elephant in the room. Colin Kaepernick is not going to come to the Dallas Cowboys. I personally don’t think he is a great quarterback at all, and while he would possibly be better than White and Rush, he hasn’t played in years.

Add in the fact Jerry and Stephen have been pretty vocal about his method of protest, the odds are not in favor of him coming to Dallas, regardless of the backup situation.

Now, realistically what can the Cowboys do is either try to find a veteran backup or roll with White and Rush and hope they really step up in training camp. If I had to put money on it today it would be they will roll with what they have. However, that could change if in training camp both look as bad as they have looked for much of minicamp. To be fair the last day both had okay days.

If the Cowboys do in fact look for a veteran who is available? Well, we have already covered Kaepernick, so the rest of the names look like this: Sam Bradford, Josh McCown (if he wants to unretire now), and Brock Osweiler. The only name on here that might raise an eyebrow is Sam Bradford, yikes. The only other answer would be bringing a retired player or wait for someone to get cut.

Sure, backup quarterback is not really expected to play a ton of snaps. Prescott has been durable and few teams really have stellar backups. Bradford wouldn’t be the worst option in this case. However, the reality is the Cowboys may in fact roll with Rush and White and pray nothing happens.

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The backup situation is not looking strong right now. Some of the issues have been the Cowboys desire to find a gem in the undrafted free agent market after drafts.

They have not really looked in free agency after the Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden debacles. Either they left such a bad taste in their mouth or they would rather not spend money on a backup.

No matter the direction in 2019 for the Dallas Cowboys in regard to their backup quarterback, something has to be done at some point. Maybe they won’t need to play them, but wouldn’t everyone feel better with more than what is currently on the roster?

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Well, for now it is White and Rush and it still the Dallas Cowboys!

  • Published on 06/18/2019 at 11:01 AM
  • Last updated at 06/18/2019 at 10:19 AM