LOS ANGELES – It must be something about Cowboys rookie quarterbacks and the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
One year after Dak Prescott’s coming out party in a preseason loss to the Rams, it was hard not to think about it when Cooper Rush took the field in the same situation.
Alright, maybe it’s not the same situation. Prescott is now firmly entrenched as the Cowboys’ starter – so much so that he didn’t even play on Saturday night. And Kellen Moore, whose injury opened the door for Prescott last summer, is in command of the backup job.
But still, after watching Moore and the first-team offense sputter to 69 first-half passing yards, it felt like a revelation to watch the undrafted rookie take the field in the third quarter.
“I thought he did great. He’s gotten better every day for us,” said offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. “He shows me a lot of poise – we use that word a lot about quarterbacks, but that’s a key thing to have when you’re a young guy.”
It might be an overused word, but “poise” fits well for Rush, who completed his first eight passes of the night. He found short passes over the middle, he found Brian Brown down the sideline and he found Noah Brown for a long gainer through the teeth of the Rams defense.
But of course, the highlight that will run on TV…