Once again, the Cowboys will have to endure a short practice week as they prepare for a game against the New York Jets this Saturday. Many expected the team to make a QB switch after suffering a defeat at Green Bay but it seems like that won’t happen anytime soon.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told the media on Monday that they will still pick Matt Cassel to run their offense for their Week 15 game. He believes that it would be wiser to choose the 33-year-old quarterback over the younger Kellen Moore since he has more experience in handling the job.
Although Cassel didn’t play well in his five starts, Garrett remained confident that the 11-year NFL veteran is an effective leader and they will work things out. More and more fans are suggesting that maybe it’s time for the Cowboys to let Moore take a snap in a regular-season battle. However, the club is firm in its decision and even emphasized that the time isn’t ripe yet to make such a move.
Tuesday was disappointing for the squad as management decided to cut a once promising athlete from the Cowboys’ roster. After making eleven game appearances this season, Tyler Patmon said goodbye to his buddies and supporters in Dallas. Patmon was released by the team due to his lack of physical toughness which resulted in poor on-field performance. Though they haven’t made new signings yet, Garrett mentioned that the club might call up Terrance Mitchell and promote him to the 53-man list.
The team seems healthier entering Saturday’s competition than the Jets since there were only eight names listed on the Cowboys’ injury report while the Jets had sixteen. Morris Claiborne, DeMarcus Lawrence and Rolando McClain did not participate in their Wednesday practice as they continue to nurse injuries. McClain has been undergoing concussion protocol while the other two players are doing some rehab work under the supervision of athletic trainers. Despite these concerns, the squad isn’t ruling out the possibility of seeing them play for this week’s showdown.
At this point, the New York Jets carry a much better record than the Cowboys. They remain alive in the AFC wild card chase regardless of losing five games. Considering the skills of Jets’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and what their defense is capable of, the quest for victory will certainly be challenging for the Cowboys. But then again, they have sworn that they’ll keep the faith and continue fighting till the season is over.