The Cowboys are 6-1 and will likely face yet another backup quarterback Monday night.
It’s heartwarming to see things finally go the right way for a poor guy like Jerry Jones.
Quit snickering. I’m only kidding.
Owner Jones and the Cowboys have led a charmed existence thus far this NFL season, and I’m not just talking about Jerry’s dropped lawsuit from the stripper photos.
The Cowboys are healthier. Quarterback Tony Romo and running back DeMarco Murray have stayed out of harm’s way. The new additions, from play-caller Scott Linehan to linebacker Rolando McClain, have mostly flourished.
Even Jones himself has stayed out of the way.
Smoke and mirrors? No, but the Cowboys have been lucky. Circumstances and the schedule have been kind to them.
If, as expected, Colt McCoy starts for Washington on Monday night, he will be the second third-string quarterback to start this season against the Cowboys. St. Louis’ Austin Davis, who began the season as the Rams’ No. 3, is the other.
The other opposing quarterbacks have been Jake Locker, replaced by the Titans on Thursday by rookie Zach Mettenberger; Drew Brees, having his worst season in New Orleans; the Texans’ Ryan Fitzpatrick, ranked 21st in the league in passer rating; and two guys, Russell Wilson and Eli Manning, whose offenses have been stunningly disappointing.
Wilson’s Seahawks are 29th in the league in passing. Eli and the Giants are 23rd.
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And, of course, there’s the fact that the Cowboys haven’t beaten a team currently with a winning record all season.
Along now comes McCoy, who is replacing the yanked Kirk Cousins, who had previously replaced the oft-injured Robert Griffin III.
Drafted in 2010, this will be Colt’s 22nd start in the NFL. He was 6-15 as a starter in Cleveland before bouncing to San Francisco and then to Washington to run the scout team.
Hmm. Back in his home state. His first start in three years. A Monday night national TV audience. Against the Cowboys, the league’s hottest team, all asterisks aside.
What could possibly go wrong?
As of Thursday, Washington coach Jay Gruden was clinging to the possibility that Griffin could be activated. As Gruden reminded in an interview on Sirius XM Radio, “Robert is a fast healer.”
It’s been two months since RG3 was carted off the field after landing awkwardly on his left ankle while leaping to throw a pass. Griffin was diagnosed with a dislocated ankle, but reportedly there were no fractures, which meant that the Baylor ex did not undergo season-ending surgery.
As I painfully discovered firsthand, it is rare that an ankle dislocation is not accompanied by fractures to the tibia and/or fibula. The dislocation alone also tends to leave the surrounding ligaments in shreds.
Nearly 21 months after my bicycle accident — and three-hour surgery — my ankle still is gimpy. Thanks to accompanying nerve damage, my feet and toes also still don’t feel right.
I can’t imagine RG3, even without a fracture, being able to do NFL-type quarterback things just six weeks after the injury. Of course, he’s the Heisman winner, and I’m just an old guy at a laptop.
Players do come back from ankle dislocations. The Eagles’ Darren Sproles is one.
But if you’re Washington and have a 2-5 record, why rush Griffin? Why not wait and see how he can play when he’s injury-free for the first time since the end of 2012?
The Colt McCoy homecoming to Texas sounds like a perfect sub-theme for the Monday night TV gang.
For the Cowboys, meanwhile, it looms as another meatball in a season that’s been filled with them.
They need not apologize. Every NFL season, fortune seems to smile on one or two teams.
Maybe it’s their turn again. The first half of the season certainly suggests as much.