Now that Quarterback Cooper Rush is 4-0, lots of conversation is being held around the Dallas Cowboys fanbase. Some people say that Cooper needs to be the new QB while others state that Dak Prescott is still the man to lead the way. So what's the right decision here?
I think this argument is one of the most difficult subjects to solve. On one hand, you have a quarterback that has seven years' worth of experience and has great talent and on the other a quarterback that is 4-0 as a starter and seems to be getting the job done for the Cowboys.
To start, one thing I have noticed is that Dak is much more out of focus when he's on the field. When running and looking for receivers, sometimes Dak seems to freeze up and panic. This is never good for a quarterback.
Meanwhile, Cooper Rush seems very calm and collected when playing. He is focused and always puts his best foot forward on every play. Not saying that Dak doesn't do that, but Cooper has been doing it more often, and it's much more noticeable.
One subject that Dak Prescott is superior in is skill. Dak seems to be much more experienced and talented at the QB position. This shows when he scrambles and his ability to launch the ball far down the field with precise accuracy.
Cooper Rush hasn't shown his skill much when throwing the ball long, he has had a couple of big throws this season of over 25 yards, but Dak seems to do it more often with more success.
Something that every quarterback must have is leadership. Without the ability to lead your offense, you'd be equivalent to forfeiting every game you play.
Both quarterbacks show great leadership qualities, but at the moment, Cooper Rush holds the #1 spot of best leader. Rush is gathering this Cowboys team back on their feet and is having them chase a goal, the Super Bowl.
Last season, Dak Prescott had one of the most explosive offenses of all time with so many yards and impressive stats to brag about. Yet, when it came to playoff time, the Cowboys failed to get past the wild card.
What do Cowboy fans want? A season of impressive yards and stats. Or a season with fewer stats but an actual chance to go deep in a playoff run with a good leader.
Cooper proved in this game that he is capable of leading this offense to a goal. While Ezekiel Elliott only had a game of 49 rushing yards (the fewest this season), Cooper threw for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns, with no interceptions. That's what a good leader does. When someone isn't performing like they normally do, they step in and do extra to catch their team up.
Rush also became the first quarterback in NFL history to win his first 4 career starts while having a passer rating of 90 or higher in each of the 4 games.
So, now it's time to get messy. Time to spill my opinion on everyone. I am team Rush for now. Cooper has the mindset and ability to lead this team to a great season. I know many people would be mad at this statement but let me explain.
Why not try some change? I mean, haven't Cowboy fans been through enough? The team needs to try different things and take a risk. The Dak Prescott era was impressive in terms of stats and talent, but not in terms of getting to the Super Bowl.
Let's give Cooper Rush a chance, he has proved he deserves it by starting 4-0. Hopefully, the Cowboys can recognize his leadership talent and keep him there. Change is scary, but change is usually the answer.