Time for part two of my weekly AOTQ installment, where I nominate 16 depth players over the course of the season for my "Airman of the Quarter" award. Every four weeks, one player from the previous four nominees is bestowed the great honor of being that quarters AOTQ. At the end of the year, one of the four quarterly winners will be Airman of the Year.
Its hard to find a bright spot in last Sunday's performance, which is a rare thing with the Cowboys. Normally, Dallas' losses are last minute mistakes, or poor execution in one phase of the game. Not so against Seattle: Everyone knows the 'Boys stank it up from start to finish, in every aspect of the game.
I almost didn't want to nominate someone for this week, considering as the team sort of came out flat and no one stood out as a difference maker at the bottom of the roster.
BUT, there actually was one player I thought deserved recognition after this game.
Surprising nomination after the jump
This week, the nomination goes to Danny McCray
I know, most of you want to cry foul. But consider this:
Airman of the Quarter doesn't mean you were the flashiest, highest performing player on the team. Sometimes it just means you were there when the team needed you.
McCray admittedly missed a few tackles against Seattle- but he also played safety in addition to playing on every special teams snap while the starting safeties were injured. He was gassed, but he still went out there, play after play, and showed his team that he has the heart to step up when asked. What other options did we have? Without Danny McCray, Rob Ryan would've had to come up with some awfully exotic base packages. The only other healthy safety on the team was Mana Silva.
Mana Silva is a great player and an asset to the team, but he can't play both safety spots at once, and he's not the special teams ace that this weeks AOTQ nominee is. What do you guys think, does Danny McCray deserve it(just a nomination, keep that in mind), or did another bottom of the roster guy catch your eye?
Thanks for reading.
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