2. Does Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush give the Cowboys a better shot?
This one is simple. You would think so, at least. If nothing more than the fact that they have more experience. Ben DiNucci wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t good either.
He was extremely adept at completing the short quick passes, but you need to be able to threaten defenses over the top at least once or twice per game to even have a shot in this NFL. Let’s also consider the fact that he hasn’t seen a lot, as far as the NFL game goes, which could lead to some very scary things against a defense as tenacious and aggressive as the Steelers’ defense.
Cooper Rush or Garrett Gilbert should give the Boys a better shot this week. Where none of them are elite or anything, as that isn’t what I am saying, the other two mentioned do offer the opportunity to possibly make some things happen down the field.
That’s the only thing that will give the Cowboys a shot. It could also free up a bit more room for the run game. We haven’t seen Ezekiel Elliott be his usual self this season. We even had these questions prior to Dak going down, but more so since.
Tony Pollard has even looked good in his reps, which has caused some to ask if he was the better option. I don’t believe so, as we haven’t done Zeke any favors all year.
We played from far behind a lot early on, which limits the run game. Our line has been in shambles throughout, which hinders it as well.
Having a guy in at signal-caller who can’t threaten deep would also allow for more room, as a naturally, the defense couldn’t play so close to the line of scrimmage. That’s something else to keep in mind.