What I’m Listening to: Cowboys lose to Washington, making them Three-Eight and final within the department


The Dallas Cowboys began 4 quarterbacks in a span of 5 video games this season because of a damaged ankle, a concussion, COVID-19 and rookie errors.

The Denver Broncos increased a rookie receiver from the observe squad to face in the back of middle Sunday after their complete quarterback room was once deemed ineligible because of COVID-19 publicity.

Cowboys proprietor Jerry Jones sees little distinction.

“Within the NFL, you are taking dangers,” Jones mentioned Tuesday morning on Dallas radio station 105.Three The Fan. “You’re taking chance while you put the entire quarterbacks in the similar room. In the event you had been fearful about the ones issues, you’ll unfold them out slightly bit. You’ll save one.

“I have no idea that Denver had any further of a problem than now we have had with [Ben] DiNucci or with the younger quarterbacks that now we have had.”

The Broncos and Kendall Hinton may beg to vary.

The Cowboys decided on DiNucci within the 7th spherical of the 2020 draft, meaning to broaden him beneath head trainer Mike McCarthy. As a substitute, DiNucci was once thrust into motion towards Washington after which began on “Sunday Evening Soccer” in Philadelphia after Andy Dalton suffered a concussion.

DiNucci had spent six months as a quarterback with the Cowboys, learning Dallas’ playbook and dealing thru methodology and mechanics with place trainer Doug Nussmeier. He’d most commonly performed scout workforce in early weeks, simulating Arizona speedster Kyler Murray simply six days prior to his first NFL motion.

On a wet and windy evening in Philadelphia, DiNucci’s throws regularly regarded eccentric. He misplaced two fumbles, one among which the Eagles scooped to attain in a 23-Nine Dallas loss. DiNucci was once sacked 4 occasions and didn’t rating. However he finished 21 of 40 cross makes an attempt for 180 yards and a 64.6 passer ranking. He rushed 5 extra occasions for 22 yards.

“This NFL factor,” DiNucci mentioned after the sport, “it’s exhausting.”

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Dallas Cowboys’ Ben DiNucci (7) makes an attempt a cross towards as Philadelphia Eagles’ Josh Sweat (94) and Malik Jackson (97) shut in right through the primary quarter of an NFL soccer sport, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Philadelphia. (Photograph: Wealthy Schultz, AP)

On that final level, Hinton may agree.

When November started, Hinton was once now not a member of an NFL group. The Broncos had waived him Sept. five when slicing their roster to 55 males and didn’t signal the receiver again, even to their observe squad, till Nov. four. With lower than 24 hours’ realize that he would sign up for the lively roster , Hinton had now not been learning Denver quarterback methods of the business all the way through 2020. Denver coaches, unaware till Saturday that their quarterbacks’ violation of COVID-19 protocols would rule the entire group out, scrambled to assemble a game plan that might hold against the Saints defense.

No such luck.

Hinton’s first action at quarterback since 2018 at Wake Forest—he moved to receiver during that year—netted a passer rating of 0.0. He completed one of nine pass attempts, threw two interceptions and rushed twice for 7 yards in addition to 13 yards on his sole completion. The Saints won handily, 31-3.

Such is the adjustment life in the NFL demands, Jerry Jones said.

“Boy, we have been schooled in the NFL, these teams have been schooled that you had really better pay attention to your protocols,” Jones said. “You better manage. Don’t just give it lip service. Don’t just roll your eyes back and say, ‘That happens to them. That doesn’t happen to me.’

“That’s part of coaching. That’s part of managing the game. And a lot of times people find out a lot about people when during ambiguity.”

The Cowboys, meanwhile, have dealt with their own ambiguity related to COVID-19. Their Week 13 “Thursday Night Football” game in Baltimore was postponed first to Monday afternoon and then to 8:05 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, after the Ravens’ outbreak prompted the league to postpone the Week 12 Baltimore-Pittsburgh from Thanksgiving to Wednesday. Jones acknowledged Tuesday morning that more changes could come. But as of his latest information, he anticipates the 3-8 Cowboys playing at Baltimore next Tuesday.

“Here we go again on a new adventure,” Jones said. “There we are, doing it Tuesday night, national television. Doesn’t get any better than that.”

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein


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