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Should QB Cooper Rush Start Against The Philadelphia Eagles?

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Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys are officially out of playoff contention after the devastating loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve. With nothing else left to play for this season it's time to start the evaluation process, and that should start this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Philadelphia Eagles don't really have anything riding on this matchup either since they have secured their playoff spot already. That could mean they decide to rest some of their starters, which means this could end up looking more like a preseason game. We all know preseason games are meant to evaluate the roster and I think that's exactly what the Cowboys should do.

I think this is a perfect opportunity to see exactly what the Dallas Cowboys have in their backup quarterback, Cooper Rush. Yes, that would mean they sit Dak Prescott, but I think that's a good thing and I will tell you why.

QB Cooper RushPrescott took way too many hits last week against the Seahawks and there's no reason to risk his long-term health against the Eagles in a meaningless game. Especially since I think the Cowboys will undoubtably sit Tyron Smith and possibly La'el Collins, who have both been battling through back injuries the later part of the season.

With the Cowboys two best bookend protectors likely sitting this week, there is no reason to play Prescott. Instead, Dallas should get Cooper Rush some much-needed game time to get the feel of the speed of the NFL against some starting caliber players.

Allowing Cooper Rush to get the start against the Eagles would allow the Cowboys to get a jumpstart on his evaluation process and get a better feeling about exactly what they have in their backup QB. It really seems like a win-win situation. But, is this the direction Jason Garrett and his coaching staff will decide to go?

There's no way of knowing yet that this will happen, but I absolutely think it should. In fact, I would also start some of the other younger players and evaluate them as well. Noah Brown, Ryan Switzer, Taco Charlton, and Jaylon Smith are other players I would start and further evaluate for future purposes.

Should Cowboys start the evaluation process against Philadelphia?


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4 Comments
  • Hector Espindola

    Of course you are right, even more there is nothing else to do this season, besides allowing your second team to stock more experience and show their growth to coaches, now that the team is gonna need major overhauling at offense.

  • Derek Robinson

    ABSOLUTELY!! I have a funny feeling that the COWBOYS backup QB will surprise a lot of people. If you give this kid a crack of daylight, he’s going to take his shot. Meaning: He’s not afraid to throw to ball. Dak holds the ball a little to long for my taste. And I don’t think Dak wants anyone to see how good this kid is. I love Dak, Zeke, Dez and the whole team. But I love winning more. If either of those guys are not getting the job done, then out with the old, in with the new. “Winning above all else”

    • Jorge Sure

      I agree with you I think DAK won the trust of even doing it wrong had no competition as when ROMO was already available, I think should give Cooper that opportunity and will surprise many.

  • Rory Jones

    Good plan. Is it possible to sit Scott Linehan as well? How about Jason Garrett take a week off as well. Maybe this week Dez does not whine on the sideline when he clearly has issues himself.

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.


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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.


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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.


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