Report: Ben DiNucci benched, Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush will compete to start

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The Cowboys will be on their fourth starting quarterback of the season on Sunday. But they don’t know who that is just yet.

Dallas will let Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush show what they can do with the first-string offense this week and then decide which one of them will start against the Steelers, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Gilbert has never started an NFL game but was the starting quarterback of the Orlando Apollos of the Alliance of American Football. Rush is even less experienced than Gilbert but has spent more time in Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s offense.

It definitely won’t be rookie Ben DiNucci, who has been benched after struggling in Sunday night’s loss to the Eagles. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said today on 105.3 The Fan that DiNucci did not perform well.

“I think that it was a lot for him,” Jones said. “I think we certainly, as a team, paid the price to have him come in and under those circumstances. And that’s almost trite. It was frankly more than he could handle. I don’t know what you could have expected for somebody to come in under those circumstances.”

For the first five games of the season, Dallas had one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Dak Prescott. But he was injured and replaced with Andy Dalton, who did not play well, was knocked out with a concussion, and now has COVID-19. DiNucci was the third starter, and now either Gilbert or Rush will be No. 4.

46 responses to “Report: Ben DiNucci benched, Garrett Gilbert and Cooper Rush will compete to start

  1. So the Ben DiNucci era is over in Dallas? That was quick!

    Each of those other 2 guys hopes they don’t draw the short straw and have to make the first career start against Pittsburgh.

  2. “I don’t know what you could have expected for somebody to come in under those circumstances.” Sorry, Jerry. Rookie QBs come in all the time and handle the workload just fine. Your team is a disaster, especially the defense and O-line, and it won’t matter who the QB is. In the meantime, does anybody in my fantasy league want to trade for Amari Cooper?

  3. I thought Zeke was the straw that stirs the drink? Just give the ball to Zeke 30 times a game, and make him earn his money!!

  4. The Cowboys were 2-3 in the first 5 games, barely beating two garbage teams. The Cowboys weren’t good with Dak.

  5. Cooper Rush started 49 games in college to Garrett Gilbert’s 37, and Rush spent three straight years right out of college on one roster and practice squad before moving to the Giants and back to his original NFL team this season, while Gilbert bounced around all over the place as seemingly a very last remaining PS option for teams. Hard to argue that that makes Gilbert more “experienced”.

  6. Come on, what were they expecting out of Dinucci on his first game? Give the kid at least another chance.

  7. kemp13 says:

    November 3, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    “I don’t know what you could have expected for somebody to come in under those circumstances.” Sorry, Jerry. Rookie QBs come in all the time and handle the workload just fine. Your team is a disaster, especially the defense and O-line, and it won’t matter who the QB is. In the meantime, does anybody in my fantasy league want to trade for Amari Cooper?

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    Sure top rookie picks come in all the time but not 7th round rookies. A 7th round qb is expected to be a development project not expected to be starting in their 1st season.

  8. Hey Jerry Jones. Your entire team is under performing. Maybe you should take a line from ex Eagles coach Buddy Ryan who looked at his replacement players during the players strike and offered to trade his “entire team to any other team for their players SIGHT UNSEEN”. The person who needs benched and pulled out of the picture is whomever is trying to play G.M. for the Cowboys.

  9. Does anybody really care? Despite nice rosters over the years, the Cowboys always suck. It comes down to ego-mainiac, billionaire Jerry Jones. He doesn’t have a clue. Nice fire with Jimmy Johnson who built and coached your team to back to back SB wins.

    Nobody cares about Dallas except the used car salesmen in Ft. Worth and their big hair wives. So glad to see this franchise burning. Tom Laundry is laughing.

  10. Sad that they bench the kid after one start under insane circumstances. They should bench the GM and his crony son, they haven’t produced a darn thing in 25 years!

  11. Meanwhile a QB younger than Dalton with Super Bowl experience is at home due to systemic racism.
    #I’m With Kap

  12. Wow, talk about a short leash. It’s not like he was a high draft pick who had all offseason to work with the #1’s and get those reps. He’s been throwing to practice squaders up until a week ago. Horrible management to throw him into that situation then bench him when he doesn’t do the impossible. What a joke of a franchise. Dak needs to refuse any potential future franchise tags, cut bait and hit the open market.

  13. Jerry finally found out DiNucci was nothing more than a McCarthy family friend. Clearly why he got drafted and made the team when plenty of capable prospects and 3rd stringers out there. Nepotism at work.

    Maybe it has all clicked for Jerry- that he got scammed by McCarthy and his goon squad. Dak deserves better than this massage-addicted dinosaur.

  14. Dallas may be lucky to win another game this year. I wonder who Jerruh will blame for that. He should be looking in the mirror.

  15. DiNucci got screwed. Wasn’t great, but the O-Line is weak. Plus the gameplan had WAY too many gadget plays.

    Gilbert is a game manager, but don’t trust the playcalling to play to his strengths.

  16. Let me get this straight. The Cowboys drafted Taco Charlton and left T J Watt on the board. As a member of the Cowboy Nation, I am still trying to figures thatmove out!

  17. Rush or Gilbert, does it really matter. Steeler defence is a top D. Second string QB’s in this league aren’t very good ….Rush and Gilbert are third stringers.
    Get real people, Steelers D is gonna BALL the Cowboys.

  18. Rumors are that the Eagles are making Nate Sudfeld available to the Cowboys for a first round draft choice.

  19. The thing that noticed about Ben DiNucci is that he throws the football from so many different angles his receivers aren’t ready to catch the ball, or can’t tell the speed the ball is coming at from that angle. Only familiarity between DiNucci and the receivers can cure that, if that’s curable. DiNucci certainly did not distinguish himself in his debut. Maybe the ‘Boy should have let the 3 QB practice with the first team last week, and then decide who look the best. The Cowboys just seem to be a step slow in the thinking process this year.

  20. Welcome to Pittsburgh circa 2019 when they were on their 4th qb who wasnt even on the team when the season started.

  21. redsoxu571 says:
    November 3, 2020 at 4:56 pm
    Cooper Rush started 49 games in college to Garrett Gilbert’s 37, and Rush spent three straight years right out of college on one roster and practice squad before moving to the Giants and back to his original NFL team this season, while Gilbert bounced around all over the place as seemingly a very last remaining PS option for teams. Hard to argue that that makes Gilbert more “experienced”.
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    Gilbert played 8 games in the AAF last year while Rush was holding a clipboard. Gilbert has also thrown more passes in the NFL then Rush, so yes, that would make him more experienced.

  22. conormacleod says:
    November 3, 2020 at 4:53 pm
    The Cowboys were 2-3 in the first 5 games, barely beating two garbage teams. The Cowboys weren’t good with Dak.
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    We did not even beat Atlanta so much as Atlanta threw the game away as they are oft to do of late.

  23. Chiefs fan in LA says:
    November 3, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    doesnt seem like kap is voicing any interest…
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    He is not stupid you know.

  24. steves11 says:
    November 3, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Rumors are that the Eagles are making Nate Sudfeld available to the Cowboys for a first round draft choice.

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    Maybe you are joking, but the trade window closed 2-1/2 hours before you posted.

  25. colt13 says:
    November 3, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Gilbert is a game manager, but don’t trust the playcalling to play to his strengths.

    * * * * * *

    Right now the Cowboys came use a game manager at the QB position. You need a QB who takes whats the defense give him. The OL for Dallas is not what it use to be. The ‘Boys have very good WR’s and a good RB when he’s motivated. Right now the Cowboys don’t need a QB to put up big numbers and lose. You just need somebody who does whats necessary to win. A game manager. It’s all starts with the QB.

  26. Pats had that same issue too in 2001 when Drew Bledsoe went down. They put in a second year player with zero NFL experience and he did OK for a few years.

  27. If I’m a free agent…Id consider this kind of stuff. Shameful to press a 7th round rookie into service on an injury decimated team then back the bus over him.

  28. Sounds to me like GM/coaching problems. GM assembled that group and the coaches didn’t help DaNucchi. That game plan reminded me of playing backyard football with my friends with double and triple reverses, etc.

  29. With the QB revolving door, I’m getting a 1988 Cleveland Browns vibe here, (minus the playoffs.)

  30. This is “V for Vendetta” level train wreck. I can’t stand the ‘boys, but I do love football, and this is just an embarrassment. Give it up, Jerry. You’re an excellent businessman, and an amateur football guy.

  31. Sure top rookie picks come in all the time but not 7th round rookies. A 7th round qb is expected to be a development project not expected to be starting in their 1st season.

    Not really. Just ask that awesome crew in Green Bay who has their 1st rounder riding the bench. And will be next yr too.

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