Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is expressing optimism about backup quarterback Cooper Rush, who will start at least the next few games while Dak Prescott recovers from a hand injury.
“I think Rush is up to the task of winning the ball game for us, and I think he definitely has a lot of experience in this offense,” Jones said via 105.3 The Fan. Dallas Morning News, “He and Kellen Moore have been linked at the hip for a long time. So, I like that we’re starting out right there starting us . . . the post in finding the open guy and getting to the right guy. One of the best. Rush can do it too.”
Jones said he remains committed to Rush and has no interest in signing the quarterback from outside.
“Our team will really address this from within — from within,” Jones said. “I was talking last night with a great coach, not on our staff, and he had a similar situation, and it’s not a coach that’s trained here. And he said, ‘You probably out answer. Let’s seek, maybe another quarterback.’ And he said, ‘The answer is from within,’ and he told of a season where he lost his quarterback and swung him and won four of the next five. He said everyone has to be a little better. Block , you have to hold your blocks longer. You have to do a little better. Everyone moves up and gets a little better and you realize at the end of the day it was a team game and all of them, all of them 40 had to go out there and step up his game. And, so, he said, ‘Actually, sometimes, you look for this kind of challenge.’ You say it’s optimistic, it’s not realistic. Well, there’s a whole bunch of games that are intrinsic. This game has a whole bunch of attitudes. This game has a whole bunch of things that will happen. And, so , you have to realize that any one player can go down or any two players can go down. And, so, my point is, I’m not going to get hung up on the new pitcher. I’m not going to get that bogged down on that Although it is real and it is something you should pay attention to. It is our overall response to the situation that is going to win the day.”
Despite Jones’ confidence, it is worth noting that at the end of the preseason, Jones placed Rush on a waiver, and re-signed him to the practice squad only after all 31 other teams had passed. If Jones really thought Rush was one of the best backup quarterbacks in football, he wouldn’t have risked any other team claiming him. But now that Rush is all cowboys have, Jones seems to be on an optimistic note.