Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner is a competitive man. Most NFL players are. That’s part of the reason many Dallas Cowboys fans were so upset that the front office didn’t make a bigger effort to bring him onto the roster this offseason.
The competitiveness that comes with the game innately includes a bit of trash talk, and Wagner delivered his against a member of a team he claims he had a mutual interest with this offseason.
While most people are surprised, elated, and impressed by the performances that backup Cooper Rush has been able to put on in Dak Prescott’s absence, it seems the Rams linebacker isn’t all that worried about facing the first Cowboys quarterback to go 4-0 in four starts.
When speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Wagner had quite the quote about Rush.
Bobby Wagner gives bulletin board material to Cowboys backup QB Cooper Rush ahead of Week 5
This is classic bulletin board material at its finest. We aren’t entirely sure what Wagner is saying here.
Is he implying that the Rams are better than any other defense the Cowboys have faced?
To Wagner’s credit (who has 22 solo tackles and two sacks on the season), if there is a strong suit of this Los Angeles team right now, it’s the defense. Wagner, Aaron Donald, and Jalen Ramsey are three of the best in the game at their positions their despite ages.
However, according to Tom Ryle of Blogging the Boys, this Rams defense has allowed over 200 yards passing in all but one game (against the Falcons). Rush is a backup QB, but he can certainly get the job done in over 200 passing yards. Plus, Los Angeles is tied for fourth to last place in the league with 7.0 sacks while the Cowboys’ defense is tied for second with 15.0.
Another thought is that Wagner is inferring that Rush just isn’t very good or bound to flame out.
Sure. Rush isn’t a starting quarterback and he’s bound to lose eventually, but he’s been able to stay clean, consistent, and poised in an altogether adversity-riddled situation in the last three games. In addition to that, he is one of only ten quarterbacks to have zero interceptions in his three starts this year and he’s the fourth-ranked of all starting QBs in QBR (73.9). The Rams are a big opponent, but the signs are pointing to Rush’s ability among multi-million dollar QBs.
There’s no denying that the Rams’ LB is a stellar player and will pose issues for Dallas. However, all Wagner did here was provide fuel for Rush to get his fifth win in a row.