The Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback situation has been under a microscope this preseason, somehow, everyone has missed Cooper Rush is actually playing well.
If you look around at conversation surrounding the Dallas Cowboys, the sentiment is that the backup quarterback situation is abysmal. There is a resounding thought that Cooper Rush and Mike White need to go immediately. While White has been really bad this preseason, Cooper Rush is playing better than many realize.
This is not a resounding support for Cooper Rush to be the absolute answer, however, this is about putting Rush and his play this preseason into perspective. Before we get into the stats and thoughts, I would like to know who exactly is out there that is far and away better than Rush right now. Seriously, hit me up on Twitter or respond here.
Okay, now that is out of the way, let’s take a look at Rush and his performances these past two games. The first preseason game was pretty ugly all the way around, and to be fair, most teams’ first preseason game is ugly. Players are finally getting to hit players other than those on their own team. New players are getting into the rhythm of the team, they are figuring out the other players in game situations, and chemistry is starting to occur. Rookies are getting their first look at professional players. It is rarely a thing of beauty.
Rush played with the second team in the first game and third stringers in the second game. The offensive line was a disaster in both games once the starters came out. The wide receivers were running sloppy routes or dropping balls, and the running backs were getting little on the ground. Yet, in the two minute drill Rush drove the Cowboys down for a field goal in the first game. It was well run, fairly smooth, and Rush made solid decisions.
In the second game after White came out, Rush made a great throw to Devin Smith for the Cowboys sole passing touchdown this preseason so far. He stood in and delivered when many backups wouldn’t have, he was poised under a disaster of an offensive line. His throws haven’t been absolutely perfect, but neither have the wide receivers been running great routes.
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Statistically, he has been better than his rating implies. So far Rush has thrown 42 passes, completed 26, a solid 61.9% completion percentage. For perspective Joe Flacco, Blake Bortles, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen had below that last season. Andy Dalton has the same completion percentage. Sure, he is going up against backups, but he is also throwing to and playing behind backups.
I’m not saying Rush is the second coming of Tony Romo or ever Dak Prescott, but he has shown just enough that he could hold the team down for a game or two if given the chance. The Cowboys need to let Rush play with the starters before everyone jumps to a decisions that he isn’t worthy of being the primary backup.
We can all agree Mike White is not the answer at third string quarterback. Right now Cooper Rush is the backup to Dak Prescott. Sure, someone could get cut after training camp that could change this, but Rush is playing better than you probably realize.
Give him a chance within the context of what we are watching, preseason games with guys who will probably not be here in a few weeks, with a vanilla scheme. It is still Cowboys football, even if it isn’t pretty.
- Published on 08/20/2019 at 12:01 PM
- Last updated at 08/20/2019 at 09:33 AM