Cowboys second-year quarterback Stephen McGee completed 27 of 42 passes for 304 yards with a touchdown. He showed the Cowboys what they had been waiting to see when they made him a fourth-round pick last year
But McGee was testy in postgame interviews. The former Texas A&M quarterback tried to walk by reporters without talking, but, after he was asked, he answered two questions before leaving.
“Praise the Lord for all the great things he’s done for me," McGee said. "I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. It seemed like for the last seven years I’ve had a lot of critics, a lot of people telling me I can’t do whatever. There’s a lot of pressure on me to come out and perform. I’m thankful for the guys around me [that they] made a lot of plays. It felt really good to get the victory today. I think that was important for our team. It’s exciting to see what happens in the future.”
McGee answered a second question before turning and walking out the door.
“I just wanted to come in and play to the talent I know I have,” he said. “A lot of people, like you guys, always seem to say that I’m not good enough, but I know in my heart how good of a quarterback I am. I’ve said that since Day 1 when I got here. It’s just a matter of a good opportunity. I think the most exciting part for me today was when our twos [second-teamers) and threes [third-teamers] came out from the get go and played pretty well against their first-team defense for a while. I can’t reiterate enough how thankful I am and the Lord has just been really good to me."
McGee apparently was miffed about reports that he was fighting for his job Thursday night. But in six preseason games over two seasons, McGee had completed only 35 of 60 passes for 306 yards with one touchdown before Thursday. The Cowboys weren't likely to have cut McGee anyway since it was too early to give up on a fourth-round draft pick, but he had done little for them to have confidence that he has a future in the NFL. He showed them that against the Dolphins, front office officials confirmed.
“You’ve got to give Stephen McGee his due,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "It was really almost like right before your eyes you could see him start getting comfortable. You could see his body language. You could see all of those things happening. So I’m proud for him."
-- Charean Williams