In Rush We Trust? QB2 Keeping Cowboys Afloat Beautifully

    Cooper Rush has filled in superbly for Dak Prescott as the former Mississippi State quarterback continues to recover from his hand injury.

    When a starting goes down with an , that is season over for most franchises. The way with football is that backup quarterbacks rarely see any meaningful game time if the starter is fit.

    Hence why, many say that having a good is essential, even if they do not see the field. Dallas had a few years back, and he was ok, but in , the Cowboys have someone better.

    Since coming in to take over from Prescott, Rush has been everything fans, , and wanted. A player who manages the game, doesn’t make mistakes, and most importantly, wins games.

    What has been overlooked to a degree is that Rush is by no means a stranger to 's system, having been a Cowboy from 2017 through to 2020. He then had a year with the Giants before returning to Dallas that same year.

    There was no expectation from the outside that Rush could do much in Prescott’s absence, especially against and the Bengals. But again, he proved a lot of people wrong.
    He threw for 235 passing yards and a touchdown in the 20-17 win. Rush made a handful of superb throws, didn't make mistakes, managed the game, and his connection with and came to the fore.

    So that was one game; no need to get too excited about that, right? Rush backed it up against a Giants team that many thought would give Dallas problems. In some respects, that did, but the only thing holding Dallas back was costly and critical drops (surprise, surprise).

    Once again, Rush was calm and composed in the pocket and made several crucial throws, in particular, the dart to Lamb on a fourth-and-four in the last quarter to keep what would be the game-winning drive alive.

    Then his perfectly placed pass for Lamb in the end zone as the former Sooner did the number #88 proud with a one-handed catch.

    In his two starts this year, Rush has had quarterback ratings of 95.5 and 98.2 (on a scale from one to 100, with 50 being average) per Pro Football Reference, while throwing for 450 yards and two touchdowns with zero turnovers. The is doing its job, only allowing one sack in both games, that helps too.

    What the Cowboys wanted from Rush, he has delivered. He has won both games and will get another chance against the on Sunday.

    While there is no in Dallas (sorry, Jerry), Rush is putting himself in the shop window of other NFL teams by doing the simple things well and managing the game which bodes well for Dallas.

    In Rush we trust? As a backup, you better believe it.

    Adam Schultz
    Adam Schultz
    Hi my name is Adam. I am a freelance sports journalist and an avid Cowboys fan. I cover the league for Sportskeeda as an analyst and love to talk all things football here at Inside The Star. Follow me on Twitter @aschultz_15.


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    It took a little while, but out comes the proverbial “game manager” reference. Waited for it, as I knew it would happen sooner or later. It’s like a backhanded compliment. It’s like, you’re really not that good, but can do the “simple things well”. And now that SAME O-line that had DP “running for his life” is now “doing its job”.

    I wish DP “managed” that first game of the year (where he “managed” 3 points) as well as CR has “managed” his two games.

    As far as a “controversy”, one of the biggest reasons that will likely not happen is that insane contract DP squeezed out of the Cowboys. They can’t have a $40 million player sitting on the bench.
    Been commenting numerous times here my negative opinion of DP and the reasons behind it. Now with this “game manager” for some semblance of competition, fans are seeing what another QB can do with this team, even with some key players out. Hope it continues as it will be fun to see if CR can string a couple more wins.