FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys plan to start Garrett Gilbert in Sunday’s quarter-final match against Pittsburgh Steelers, a source has confirmed.
Gilbert and Cooper Rush went through a competition during training week, although Gilbert took the majority of first-team shots.
Gilbert, who was signed to the Cleveland Browns training team on 12 October, will kick off his first NFL and his first game of any form since playing for Orlando Apollos. of the American Rugby Union ceases to exist in 2019. He joined in 2014 with St. Louis Rams and spent time with the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers and Browns.
With rookie Ben DiNucci’s struggles in last week̵7;s 23-9 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles and the placement of Andy Dalton on the bench / COVID-19 on Tuesday, coach Mike McCarthy is determined to have a set The more experienced quarterback against the unbeaten Steelers.
But Gilbert threw fewer passes in a NFL game than DiNucci, who was 21 years and 40 in 180 meters against Eagles. Gilbert was 2 out of 6 for 40 yards in six appearances with the Panthers and Browns.
McCarthy is looking for more campaign commander than what DiNucci, a seventh round pick, has shown.
“He plays a lot of midfielders,” McCarthy said Friday about Gilbert. “This guy was raised as a midfielder. His father [Gale] is a midfielder. I mean, he knows how to play position. There is no lack of confidence or know-how. Only really it is about grasping the timing and continuity while committing the offense. So yes, I see he has a lot of confidence. He’s been like that since the day he arrived. “
Gilbert’s six passes will be at least because a non-rookie midfielder whose first time he starts in franchise history. Reggie Collier (1986) and Drew Henson (2004) first started with Cowboys with just six attempts.
Rush was the Cowboys backup midfielder after Dak Prescott from 2017 to 2019 but only threw three passes. After Cowboys signed Dalton, he was released and rejoined former coach Jason Garrett with the New York Giants until his debut in September.
Cowboys planned to bring Rush back after Prescott was injured but chose Gilbert. The Rush’s familiarity with the player’s attacks and skills is considered a plus. Additionally, the attack coordinator Kellen Moore is very familiar with him, having been Rush’s teammate and coach.
Although Gilbert was chosen as the starter, McCarthy said during the week the goal was to get both defenders ready to play, something they couldn’t do a week ago when they forced DiNucci on the pitch.
“You just really pay attention to all the little things when playing the position,” McCarthy said on Friday. “I think at the end of the day, we have two young men who don’t have much experience in game day but both are very smart. The game comes to them easily. It is time-oriented and present. connecting, communicating with cadence and activity These are things you would normally beat in training camp.But we’re fighting it a bit with the time ahead.Both Garrett and Cooper, they know how to play. midfielder. “
That is not the ideal midfield position that Cowboys are facing the last unbeaten team of the NFL.
This is the third time they have played a quarterback in the same season. In 2001, Cowboys started Quincy Carter, Anthony Wright, Clint Stoerner and Ryan Leaf on their way to the finish 5-11. In 2015, they started Tony Romo, Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden and Moore on their way to finish 4-12.
NFL Network first reported the Gilbert start plan.