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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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday
According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.
Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...
Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.
Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.
This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.
Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.
This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?
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