Worse start to the season the Dallas Cowboys couldn't have had in the NFL. They fell in an unpleasant way against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, without being able to do anything against Tom Brady's offense or generate anything on offense, but the worst of all came when their starting quarterback Dak Prescott, fractured the thumb of his throwing hand.
In the locker room after the game, team owner and General Manager Jerry Jones confirmed the worst. Prescott would have to undergo surgery and would be out for four weeks, at best.
The immediate reaction among analysts to the crisis has been to look at what pass rusher is available to make the team, but the Cowboys' plans do not point in that direction.
"Cooper stepped in and did a great job for us last year when Dak had to sit out a game. He knows the system," team vice president Stephen Jones said on a local radio show, The Fan in Dallas.
Why do the Cowboys trust Cooper Rush?
The Dallas Cowboys have moved a few cards in the offseason. Their most significant addition was defensive wing Dante Fowler for one year and $3 million.
Within Dallas, the term "draft and develop" has been heard a lot in recent months, so there's no compelling reason to think the franchise will go after some quarterback perhaps slightly better than Rush, but more expensive, and who doesn't dominate the free-agency game the way the Central Michigan collegian does.
"(Rush) just needs to continue to prepare," Dak said after the Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers. "He needs to continue to focus the way he has for five, or six years. Coop has always been a guy I turn to, whether it's in this game or just looking for help."