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Speculation has finally come to a close as Mike McCarthy has finally announced his starting quarterback
When the Dallas Cowboys take to the field on Sunday they will be playing with their fourth different starting quarterback. The man tasked with leading the Cowboys against the Steelers ferocious defense is former Browns practice squad member, Garrett Gilbert.
The #Cowboys plan to start QB Garrett Gilbert on Sunday against the #Steelers, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Gilbert has gotten the majority of reps this week in practice. Assuming all goes well today, Gilbert starts and Cooper Rush backs him up.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 7, 2020
Speculation ran ramped after the Cowboys declared they wanted to start someone with more NFL experience against the Steelers and relegated third string quarterback Ben Dinucci to the bench. Dinucci was taking a sack/hit on 14% of his drop backs, and against a Steelers defense that gets to the opposing quarterback better than anyone else in the league. Dinucci’s slow decision making would have been a killer for Dallas.
Steelers fans can sympathize with the Cowboys current quarterback situation as it closely reflects to the one the Steelers had to endure in 2019. Pro Bowl starting quarterback, Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome season ending ankle injury. Veteran backup, Andy Dalton has been battling a concussion, before being diagnosed with Covid-19, Ben Dinucci was bench due to performance. It was fourth and fifth string quarterbacks, Garrett Gilbert, and Cooper Rush who battled it out to get their first career start this Sunday against the Steelers.
— Mac Robinson (@MacRobinson95) August 6, 2019
The last time Gilbert took to the field was back in 2018 for the alliance of American football’s, Orlando Apollo. Technically speaking Gilbert led the entire AAF in passing yards (2,152), attempts (259), completions (157), and passer rating (99.1). He was also second in passing touchdowns (13), second-lowest in interceptions (3). His Apollo’s would be named the leagues only champion as the organization with the highest winning percentage when the AAF folded.
Gilbert was also a member of the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX winning team as a member of its practice squad. Gilbert has six career attempts in the NFL for just two competitions and 40 yards. Sunday will be the 29 year olds first real opportunity in an NFL game.