Time for another compare and contrast article! This time we'll be looking at two quarterbacks who both play for the Dallas Cowboys. Quarterback Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush have shared the same team for five years and have been well acquainted with one another.
I'll be looking at each of their stats and comparing their skills together. I'll also be sharing how each one is different in his own way.
Before we get started, I'd like to first share with you that I won't be saying which quarterback is better or worse. I have noticed some similarities and differences between their playing styles that are worth noting.
One thing between the two of them is that they both play heedfully with the ball. Each QB always takes their time and makes sure the chance of an interception is unlikely. Both Dak and Cooper know that a turnover can ruin the game so they always throw as carefully as possible.
To support this, Cooper Rush has only thrown 1 interception in his career. Yes, I know he's only started in two games and has played ever so often between drives, but it is still a very good stat.
With Dak, during his 7 seasons in the NFL, he has thrown 51 interceptions. That's a lot, but when we convert that to his IPG (interception per game), it's only about 0.52 per game. That is low for a QB entering his 7th season.
Now to mention a difference between them. Dak seems to have a better eye for his receivers downfield than Cooper does. Dak Prescott seems to throw downfield more often than Cooper. Cooper likes to make quicker, shorter passes with a smaller chance of incompletions while Dak does the same but risks some of his passes when throwing deep.
With that difference, it still doesn't make one better than the other, it just has to do with experience and trust with their own throws.
One more difference I noticed was Dak scrambles A LOT, for the good reason of having a poor offensive line. Now, with that said, Cooper Rush doesn't scramble as much as Prescott does. Why is that?
The answer is within how fast one another gets rid of the ball. While watching Cooper Rush play last week I noticed he gets the ball off quite fast. Dak on the other hand waits longer, which sometimes results in his need to scramble.
While I have stated multiple differences between the two players I'm not one to question whose better. Cooper Rush has been getting the job done for Dallas but it may be a bit too early to start determining if he's capable enough to be the all-time starter.
With that said, each QB is different and adds a new factor to the field every game. Both of their playing styles are unique and contribute a large element to every snap they both play.