Cooper Rush has won the Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback job. The Cowboys reportedly cut veteran backup Kellen Moore on Saturday.
Throughout four preseason games, upstart rookie gunslinger Cooper Rush has been seen by many as the clear favorite to win the backup role. Statistically, Rush has outperformed Moore. Off paper, he looked even better.
Rush, 23, is a rookie quarterback out of Central Michigan. He was a four-year starter who started 50 games and passed for 12,891 yards and 90 touchdowns. He sits ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich on the all-time Mid-American Conference passing list.
SB Nation argued that Rush does things for the offence that Moore cannot:
"I know, I know. It’s just a preseason game against non-starters. But, Cooper Rush just seems to take the offense to a level that Kellen Moore doesn’t. He plays with a noticeable swagger that rubs off on his teammates, and his dimes look a lot prettier than the six-year veteran’s."
And if we really want to take it to the next level, let's take a look at this column from the Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin, arguing that Rush, not Moore, could be the "next Tony Romo."