When Dak Prescott injured his thumb in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many people wrote the Dallas Cowboys off. They thought their season was over after just one game with Prescott expected to miss multiple weeks with a fractured thumb. Two weeks later, the tone has totally changed in Dallas. Cooper Rush has taken over as the starting quarterback and the offense has looked much better in two games with him on the field than it did with Prescott in Week 1.
Granted, Rush has gone up against the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Giants in that span, and they do not possess the same defensive firepower that the Buccaneers do. Alas, winning is what matters in Dallas and Rush has been able to do that whenever called upon to start in place of Prescott.
Rush has made three starts in the last two seasons for the Cowboys, two of which were on prime time, and has gone a perfect 3-0. Team owner Jerry Jones is not afraid to share his opinion and he did once again following the Monday Night Football victory over the rival Giants.
After discussing the possibility of a quarterback controversy last week, Jones doubled down in his praise for Rush this week. Jones showered a ton of praise on Rush, saying he has the makeup of a top quarterback.
“Let me say this,” Jones added, “he’s certainly playing as well as anybody could’ve expected.”
Jones continued forward with the quote saying that Rush has the “makeup of a top quarterback.”
Possibly seeing the writing on the wall, Prescott has been pushing to return to the Cowboys’ lineup sooner than anticipated. Originally, the injury he suffered came with a 6-8 week timetable to return, but he is pushing to return sooner.
That could come as early as this week against the Washington Commanders. If not this week, he will push for Week 5 against the Los Angeles Rams or the following week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Dallas should be in no hurry to remove Rush from the starting spot, especially if they continue winning games. Getting Prescott 100 percent healthy is the best course of action because if he returns too early and the team struggles, they are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
As long as the Cowboys are winning, there is no reason to make a change, especially if Prescott could use some more time to get 100 percent healthy. Once Cooper Rush starts to show signs of slowing down, Prescott can then be reinserted into the starting lineup.