Jerry Jones: Cooper Rush is capable of winning games for the Cowboys

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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 ball games for us, and I think he certainly has had a lot of experience in this offense,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “He and Kellen Moore have been joined at the hip for a long time. So, I like who we’re lining up out there to give us a start right there. . . . Dak is one of the best there is at finding the open guy and going to the right guy. Rush can do it, too.”

Jones said he is committed to Rush and not interested in signing a quarterback from the outside.

“Our team will address this literally from within — from within,” Jones said. “I was talking with a great coach last night, and not on our staff, and he had similar situations, and it’s not a coach that’s coached here. And he said, ‘You look for the answer maybe outside, maybe another quarterback.’ And he said, ‘The answer is from within,’ and he told of a season where he lost his quarterback and turned it around and won four of the next five. He said everybody’s got to be a little bit better. Block, you got to hold your block longer. You got to do a little bit better. Everybody steps up and is a little bit better and you realize at the end of the day that this was a team game and that everybody, all 40 of them, had to go out there and step their game up. And, so, he said, ‘Actually, sometimes, you look for a challenge like this.’ You say that’s optimistic, that’s not realistic. Well, there’s a whole bunch of this game that’s internal. There’s a whole bunch of this game that’s attitude. There’s a whole bunch of this game that’s will. And, so, you have got 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 as hung up on the new pitcher. I’m not going to get as hung up on that, although it’s real and it’s something that you should dwell on. It’s the overall reaction to our situation that is going to win the day.”

Despite Jones’ stated confidence, it’s worth noting that at the end of the preseason, Jones put Rush on waivers, and only re-signed him to the practice squad after all 31 other teams passed on him. If Jones really thought Rush was among the best backup quarterbacks in football, he wouldn’t have risked another team claiming him. But now that Rush is all the Cowboys have, Jones is sounding an optimistic note.

33 responses to “Jerry Jones: Cooper Rush is capable of winning games for the Cowboys

  1. Nobody’s full of it like Jerruh. Every time I think he’s finally reached the epitome of absurd statements, he turns around and tops the last one. And he’s been doing it every since Jimmy Johnson told him to take a hike.

  2. Not a Dallas fan. And I hate to see any team’s starting QB go down for an extended time. It really can ruin the entire season. And it can just as easily happen to YOUR team. A lineman rolls up on Mahommes ankle and boom, KC is lucky to finish .500. Dallas could very well be looking at 0-6 to start. Ouch.

  3. And every year Jerry believes that the Cowboys can contend for a Super Bowl, but that’s not the reality. Cowboys winning consistently with Rush is also not reality.

  4. “I was talking with a great coach last night, and not on our staff…”

    Talk about stating the obvious. Of course if it’s a great he isn’t on your staff.

  5. If Rush doesn’t rely on the rush, he will have as bad a game as Burrow did last week. Cowboys can win with Rush.

  6. Dak is an everything must be solid in front of him QB or he loses. Rush might not be much of a downgrade for a bad team but bad teams lose games either way.

  7. I’m likely drunk right now says:
    September 17, 2022 at 10:47 am
    Not a Dallas fan. And I hate to see any team’s starting QB go down for an extended time. It really can ruin the entire season. And it can just as easily happen to YOUR team. A lineman rolls up on Mahommes ankle and boom, KC is lucky to finish .500. Dallas could very well be looking at 0-6 to start. Ouch.

    $$$$$$$$$

    Given how bad they looked against the bucks, I’m not sure that losing Dak for 4-6 gsmes will make that much difference in the trajectory.

    I get your point about losing the starting QB ending a season, but people forget that when Dak broke his ankle a couple of years ago, they were 1-3. His injury didn’t cost them the season based on the first quarter of it. Nobody wants to see a guy get injured, but how many wins does Dak guarantee a season based upon the career sample?

  8. In a world where pro sports are fixed, every blind squirrel finds at least one nut. Unless you’re the Browns of 2017 but I digress..

  9. Schism Lateralus says:
    September 17, 2022 at 12:02 pm……
    ………………..

    Great points. And a Tool fan to boot. Which is awesome. Cheers mate.

  10. I almost feel bad for the Joneses. They clearly love the Cowboys and are trying their best, but they don’t have the wherewithal to run the football operation.

  11. The man is a babbling cliche machine, few of which carry any factual weight.
    Except when he’s telling us 1 and 1 make 3. Then he’s a babbling halfwit.

  12. That he thought he had to say that the good coach he talked to wasn’t on this team clearly shows Jerrah doesn’t respect the football intelligence of the average football fan.

  13. Cooper might be able to win a game on the right team, the problem is this is not the right team. The rest of the team is pathetic and starving of talent along with a fairly inept coaching staff that can’t even figure basics like not jumping offsides. And Dak won’t be back to normal for more like 10 to 12 weeks (see Wilson and Brees).

  14. Rush will do good for a game maybe two until teams get some game tape on him. after that he will lose rest of the games.

  15. A dude mentioned Dak started 1-3 before his ankle injury but failed to mentioned he had two undrafted rookie tackles playing cause 3 of the 5 starting linemen were hurt. Also Dallas’ offense was top of the league at the time. The defense was historically bad. People just hop on here and say anything. Most QBs would be 1-3 in that situation not just Dak. I’m not a Dak fan but he’s easily in the top 3rd of the league at QB and if that was that easy to replace no team would have a bad QB.

  16. Unless you count Irsay, JJ is what the league needs more of from an ownership standpoint. People like him and Al Davis (and now Mark Davis) are what makes some of these teams interesting to follow even when they’re doing terrible.

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