2020 has been one of the widest years ever and we aren’t even done with it just yet. For the Cowboys, 2020 has been a complete nightmare.
Things won’t get any better when the Steelers come to town this Sunday.
Head coach Mike McCarthy did not announce his starting quarterback for the week. Either Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush will be the starter with the other serving as the backup.
Last week seventh-round rookie Ben DiNucci got the nod as the starter, but things did not go well. DiNucci completed 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards and a pair of fumbles. He was also sacked four times in the Cowboys 23-9 loss to the Eagles.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t pull any punches on his assessment of DiNucci.
“Well, I think it was a lot for him,” Jones said. “I think we certainly, as a team, paid the price to have him come in 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.”
Gilbert is coming off a 2019 season in which he was the AAF MVP. He has only thrown six career NFL passes. Rush was the backup to the now-injured Dak Prescott from 2017-19, went to the Giants practice squad, and then wound back up on the Dallas practice squad. He has thrown three career NFL passes.
Regardless of which player is under center, the day could be a long one. The Steelers have one of the highest blitzing defensive units in the NFL. They have a league-leading 30 sacks on the season. This game could get out of hand and in a hurry.