We’re simply over 12 hours into the Cowboys’ 2022 season, and every part is on hearth. Dallas bought bodied on Sunday night time towards the Buccaneers, dropping 19-3 in a recreation that didn’t appear shut for a second. That may not sound horrible in isolation — till you understand that Tampa Bay was enjoying like rubbish.
Tom Brady was barely an element, the Bucs’ receivers didn’t actually do something particular, and when Leonard Fournette is a spotlight of the night time, you recognize this was a ugly affair. No person is speaking about Brady or the Bucs on Monday morning, now it’s all about Dallas who already discover themselves in the course of an absolute catastrophe.
Shortly after midnight Jerry Jones introduced that quarterback Dak Prescott sustained a thumb damage on his throwing hand which might require surgical procedure. Now the anticipated timeline for a return is 6-8 weeks. It’s not season-ending, however it’s actually season destroying for the Cowboys as constructed. Now they flip to Cooper Rush, who I regularly should remind myself is the identify of an NFL quarterback, and never a TikTok influencer.
All jokes apart, Rush has been fantastic when his quantity has been known as by Dallas. Hell, he was fairly darn good in 2021, ending the season finishing over 63 p.c of his passes, with a 3/1 TD-to-INT ratio. Any perception that that is indicative of a surprising, Tony Romo-esque ascendency to greatness ought to undoubtedly have water thrown on it although, as a result of that’s probably not a practical perception. The query now turns to what the Cowboys do now.
Cowboys Jimmy Garoppolo commerce: Ought to Dallas do it?
Clearly that is the lead dialogue on Monday morning. One of many greatest causes the 49ers held on to Jimmy G was exactly for a second like this. A franchise QB has gone down, and if the Cowboys actually wish to try to salvage 2022 that is seemingly their most suitable choice, whereas San Francisco would seemingly get a much better return out of desperation than they had been provided up so far.
For what it’s value, I don’t assume the 49ers are shortsighted sufficient to dam a commerce to Dallas just because each groups play within the NFC. I consider they’ll take no matter good provide rolls round, and that is seemingly one of the best likelihood for a good provide they’ll get. Garoppolo has a no-trade clause, however he would wave that in a second for an opportunity to start out for the Dallas Cowboys. The no-trade clause is solely there to make sure he doesn’t have to maneuver cities to seek out himself in the identical backup function he’s in now.
Garoppolo will likely be a free agent, Dallas provides huge publicity, and for the Niners and Jimmy G that is actually a dream situation.
That doesn’t imply the Cowboys ought to do it, nevertheless. The crew must be sensible about what its finish recreation for 2022 is. Do they actually assume they will win the NFC East or make a deep playoff run with this crew as constructed? Is Jerry Jones delusional sufficient to assume Dallas is a QB away?
Reality is, they’re not. The offensive line was rubbish on Sunday night time, providing little safety for Prescott and getting nearly no push for Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys don’t have good large receivers, and there are only a few redeeming qualities.
What does giving up belongings to hope and push for a wild card exit do for Dallas, apart from damage the way forward for the group? The one motive buying and selling for Garoppolo is smart is the preservation of satisfaction, and we all know Jerry is proud as hell. I imply, he shouldn’t be, however he’s. That is logic vs. emotion at play, and buying and selling for one of the best accessible quarterback is a purely emotional determination that defies logic.
Commerce for another person?
This looks as if a extra affordable expectation right here. Dallas ought to search for the candy spot of “perhaps this particular person and win some video games, and gained’t price us a lot.” On this tier we get to guys like Nick Foles, Teddy Bridgewater, and Case Keenum.
The perfect of the remaining choices are gamers like Tyrod Taylor, Gardner Minshew and Taylor Heinicke — whom I’m all ruling out as a result of they’re the backups on the Giants, Eagles and Commanders respectively. Not like a Garoppolo commerce I don’t see any NFC East crew serving to out Dallas at their time of want.
So, a Foles, Bridgewater or Keenum actually matches the mould right here. They’re not going to create quarterback controversy when Dak is again, the Cowboys get to entrance like they’re actually making an attempt to proper the ship to make followers really feel higher than simply staying pat, and if the remainder of the crew can flip issues round then perhaps it really works out fantastic?
Play it out and let every part burn to the bottom
That is typically the trail I’m in favor of as a soccer realist. There was nothing in regards to the Cowboys’ efficiency that led me to consider this crew is an actual menace to do something in 2022 — particularly with out Prescott underneath heart. Moreover, the NFC East is definitely wanting actually scary to this point. This is not going to be a default cakewalk to a divisional title, as its been in recent times.
I do know Sunday Evening Soccer has morphed into one more drained referendum on whether or not Prescott is “elite,” or well worth the cash he’s being paid. He undoubtedly had a particularly poor recreation, however loads of nice quarterbacks did this week. Aaron Rodgers was terrible, Tom Brady was mediocre, Matthew Stafford sucked out loud, Kyler Murray struggled, and Derek Carr was overwhelmed — simply to call a number of. The purpose is, gamers wrestle. Not each recreation must turn into a deep dive into the talents of a participant as a franchise QB.
Time and time once more Dak has confirmed he’s within the prime half of NFL quarterbacks, and with assist could be a High 10 participant. This 12 months he has his absolute worst supporting forged, and that may’t be fastened with a easy quarterback commerce.
The Cowboys ought to simply let this circulation, and plummet as little as they will abdomen. The 2023 draft is QB-rich, however I’m completely not advocating they intention for a Dak substitute. Nonetheless, they will not less than scout the sector and see in the event that they fall in love, or commerce a excessive choose for a haul to a crew trying to transfer up for a passer. Hell, they may even keep on the prime and get go rush or secondary assist.
That is very a lot a “take a step again to take two ahead” proposition, and it’s the logically right transfer. The query is, will the followers and the crew deal with an unsightly season that solely simply started?
So, what will the Cowboys do?
That is Jerry Jones we’re speaking about. He isn’t measured, he isn’t affected person, he isn’t one to attend and let issues develop. The more than likely situation is a snap commerce for Garoppolo and attempt to salvage the 12 months. It may not come instantly, and the crew might let Rush try to begin a recreation — but when he falters I anticipate they’ll pull the set off rapidly.
It’s not the appropriate determination, however making the unsuitable transfer has turn into the Cowboy Approach.