The Dallas Cowboys decided to wisely approach the last regular season game of the year like a preseason game Sunday against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cowboys roster is as banged up as it has been the entire year. In fact, the seven players that made up the inactive list were there because they all had injuries. There were even a few players that had to suit up in case they were needed for emergency reasons only.
So, you can see why the coaching staff for the Cowboys wisely took the cautious approach and played this game much like they would a preseason game.
Dak Prescott played a couple of offensive series before watching the remainder of the game from the sidelines. Then, Tony Romo made his 2016 debut and led the Cowboys offense on an impressive drive, which was capped off with a Terrance Williams touchdown catch.
That one offensive series for Romo was all that the coaching staff needed to see, which led to Mark Sanchez taking over with approximately eight minutes left in the second quarter.
We all knew heading into this matchup that we were likely to see a lot of Mark Sanchez, but I don’t think anyone would have imagined that he would have performed so poorly against his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cowboys were leading 10-7 when Sanchez entered the game, but just four plays into his first offensive series, he threw an interception to linebacker Jordan Hicks. Unfortunately, things didn’t get much better from there on out.
On the Cowboys next offensive series, Sanchez and the offense would go three and out. Then, with just a little over two minutes left in the first half, he would throw his second INT of the game to Jordan Hicks.
Mark Sanchez would remain at QB for the remainder of the game, but finished the contest completing only nine of 17 of his passes for 85 yards and those two interceptions to Jordan Hicks.
What was ultimately a meaningless game for America’s Team, might not be so meaningless for the veteran journeyman QB, Mark Sanchez.
You see, Sanchez was likely auditioning for a chance to become the Cowboys backup QB in 2017 behind Dak Prescott. I’ve heard several people say that they would like to see this happen, but after Sunday’s performance they might be whistling a different tune now.
Personally, I think Sanchez has always been an overrated QB. But, to begin the season I thought it was a good signing because he did provide that veteran leadership and had the experience to step in if he was absolutely needed. However, his time with the Cowboys may be coming to an end.
Sanchez served his purpose as the backup QB while Tony Romo was recuperating, but with #9 back to his old self, Sanchez is no longer needed.
It is unlikely he will even be activated at all in the postseason, which means he could be without a job shortly if the Cowboys decide to make a roster move.
The organization may need to add depth along the defensive line due to all of the injuries or they may need the roster spot to activate La’el Collins, who Jerry Jones said we will see in the playoffs.
There is no way of telling what will happen in the future. But, if I were Mark Sanchez, I would definitely be worried about my job security.
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