Jerry Jones: The Creedy Cowboys Live Up to Mike McCarthy, Dan Quinn

Cooper Rush is all the rage in Dallas and that’s understandable.

The world loves an underdog success story, and there is no one better in the NFL right now than Rush, the career backup quarterback who led the Dallas Cowboys to three straight wins after a terrible season opener loss and injury to rookie Dak Prescott.

Three-time Rush, who nearly lost his job at boot camp, is the stuff of Disney movies..

With Sunday’s 25-10 win over Washington, Rush became the first quarterback in Cowboys history to win his first four games, breaking the tie with Hall of Famer Roger Staubach and Jason Garrett.

But when it comes to the true foundation of the Cowboys’ success during the first month of the season, it starts with the steady hand of coach Mike McCarthy and the team’s defense play led by coordinator Dan Quinn.

McCarthy may never get the real respect he deserves until he leads the Cowboys on a deep playoff.

But if anyone thought he didn’t know what he was doing and was just a blank golf shirt, bolstered by Aaron Rodgers having a quarterback in leading him to the Super Bowl title in Green Bay, then they’d choose to remain clueless and enforced and McCarthy certainly wasn’t paying attention to the job he didn’t do McCarthy not only since joining the Cowboys, but what happened during the first month of the season.

McCarthy was the head coach of the Cowboys in 37 games. Prescott missed 15 of those games. McCarthy has won eight of his 15 games, more than half of them without the quarterback.

Now think about this season after the Cowboys were embarrassed by a 19-3 loss to Tampa Bay and then hit Prescott’s injury.

Most of them think that all hope is lost. Nobody, no matter what they say today, could have predicted Rush’s success – nobody outside of McCarthy and the players in the locker room.

They never lost hope. They did not stop believing in themselves. This is because of McCarthy’s leadership and willingness.

Owner Jerry Jones, who helped fuel rumors of his possible dismissal after last season’s disappointing loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the wilderness playoffs, must not only hand out bundles of compliments, but he must bend the knee and wash his feet.

“I don’t know how you can say enough about how he handled this team at first,” Jones said. “How do you get it all back together? He acted with integrity. He’s been able to correct the ship and stabilize it, and then gradually get this team in good shape to play without the Duck. That’s a broad team thing. I think it would be unfair not to give him that kind of credit as head coach for correcting this.” thing and get it to the point.”

McCarthy has led the Cowboys to eight straight wins in the NFC East dating back to last season.

The Rush and Cowboys’ offense got better every week. 3 points in the opener followed by 20 points in a 20-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2, 23 points in a 23-16 win over the New York Giants in Week 3 and 25 points in Week 4.

Conversely, the Cowboys’ defense went from giving up 19 points to 17 to 16 to 10.

And even Rush knows that the Cowboys’ defense is the real reason the Cowboys are so successful.

“They’re the reason we won,” Rush said, “It’s plain and simple. These guys, I mean, 10 points in the NFL is impressive. We gave them, I think they had a really good field position all day. The stadium. As a criminal, knowing that they support you like that, it’s huge. One of their messages is that we support everyone. They walk the path.”

Consider the fourth quarter on Sunday with the Cowboys increasing from 22 to 10 but it seems to have given Washington a lifeline with a 3-and-out backing near their leg and 22 yards in a kick by Bryan Anger.

Washington Ball with 1 and 10 in the Cowboys 30 with 11 minutes, 21 seconds left. They got their first two touchdowns and quickly got their first touchdown on 11.

The 1-yard run was followed by an incomplete pass, a sack by defensive back Dante Fowler and a swerve pass into the end zone by corner back Trevon Diggs.

The defense simply choked off fouls and kept them out of the end zone all season.

The numbers are staggering.

Dallas has yet to allow 20 points in a game this season, the first time since 1973 — the sixth time in team history — that the Cowboys have held their top-four opponent with 19 points or less.

Dallas gave up just four touchdowns in its first four games in 2022, joining the 1970 and 1972 Cowboys as the only three teams in franchise history to give up four touchdowns in the first four games of the season.

After allowing 155 net yards to pass to Washington, the Cowboys now hold each of their four opponents in 2022 under 200 yards. The last time Dallas held his first four opponents under 200 yards was in 1977.

With Kessin against Washington, the Cowboys are now 15.0 for the season. It’s the eighth time in franchise history that the Cowboys’ defense has scored 15 or more sacks over its first four games. The last time was in 1994.

The Cowboys Defense play is about Quinn.

All-Pro quarterback Micah Parsons is the brightest star with 4 sacks leading the team, but this truly offensive unit craves quarterbacks and opposing offenses at Quinn’s behest.

Now that’s what Jones expected.

That’s why he nearly caused a rift in the organization, while fanning the flames of McCarthy’s rumors last spring by bringing up the idea of ​​Quinn becoming the next Cowboys coach.

He didn’t want to lose him to another team.

“I did something about it,” Jones said. “I did something about Dan in the off-season. That’s why we got him today. I did something about it I knew he was important in the off-season. He’s here. He didn’t have to stay here. We’re glad he’s here. He’s done a good job to be with us.” Here as much as you can do.”

Is Quinn now the NFL’s highest-paid defense coordinator?

“I don’t know, but he got a bonus,” Jones said with a chuckle.

Jones is not only laughing, but dizzy about where the Cowboys now compare to how he felt after the season opener.

He says what Rush has done is beyond his wildest dreams.

Give McCarthy the big credit for that.

Quinn is also highly paid.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a writer/columnist on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches, and countless controversies from the demise of the Dynasty teams in the ’90s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Operation Cowboys by Jason Jarrett.

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