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Mark Sanchez: More Than Just A Villain, Cowboys Are Playing It Smart

Sean Martin



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We here at Inside The Star collectively love the Dallas Cowboys and everything about them, and hope that you come to this site for the same reason - in hopes of learning as much as you can about their latest activities.

One such recent activity has Cowboys Nation scratching its head though,  as the team ended their search for a backup QB to Dak Prescott by signing Mark Sanchez. I broke the news of the Sanchez signing right here, and as you can see even I was not too thrilled about it at the time.

Of course, the Dallas Cowboys have no plans for 2016 that involve Sanchez ever having to take a snap. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at why he is here over some of the other QB options that were available.

Jameill Showers Just Isn't Good Enough

Starting with the option that was already on the Cowboys' roster, Jameill Showers did not show enough development this preseason to earn the backup job behind Dak Prescott.

Dallas will already be getting a long look at Prescott, the young quarterback being thrown into the fire and asked to develop in front of our eyes. Should they be forced to move away from Prescott, it needed to be for the sake of bringing in someone that is established.

After the miserable showing that these backup quarterbacks put on in 2015, the Dallas Cowboys simply couldn't justify a depth chart of Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers.

Showers completed just 29 of his 62 attempts this season, setting a pretty low benchmark for any veteran QB to come in here and perform better with the first team offense that Jameill never had the luxury of working with.

Mark Sanchez Can be that guy, more so than Aaron Murray or Austin Davis

It is important to once again remember that Sanchez is not remotely in the long-term plans for the Dallas Cowboys at quarterback. They still expect Tony Romo to top their depth chart for some time, and have Dak Prescott to develop behind him.

Cowboys Headlines - Mark Sanchez: More Than Just A Villain, Cowboys Are Playing It Smart

The Dallas Cowboys are in the hands of Dak Prescott and Tony Romo, and it won't be easy to change that.

Sanchez is nearly here as insurance to potentially keep the season alive (i.e. play well enough to not lose the game, but not well enough to win it either) for a very short period of time in the absence of Prescott.

This is Tony and Dak's team, and there is currently no room for a more long-term backup QB solution in an Aaron Murray or Austin Davis.

With both players relatively unproven (Murray has never started a regular season game), the Cowboys would essentially still be throwing a quarterback like Dak Prescott or Jameill Showers on the field should either of these two need to play.

They would be doing so by making us forget that point due to these players' ages and time in the league, but the results would quickly show that having a guy like Mark Sanchez is the right idea.


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Mark Sanchez Actually Fits The Cowboys' Scheme

At this point, you're probably saying something along the lines of "Whoa, Sean, I've read your film review of the newest Cowboys' DE Zach Moore, and now you are trying to convince me that Mr. Butt Fumble is a scheme fit in Dallas!?".

Don't go anywhere, because that is exactly what I am trying to say. We all expect great things from the Cowboys offense this season surrounding the QB position. Dez Bryant is going to dominate, along with RB Ezekiel Elliott behind the best offensive line in the universe.

Surely this high-octane offense is a quarterbacks playground, and that is what it could be for Sanchez. When I mentioned Mark Sanchez being the right guy to simply not lose games for the Cowboys, I based that decision on the fact that he can get the ball out of his hands quickly and make some simple reads to keep defenses honest.

We have already seen Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan getting creative with some of his formations throughout training camp, and there is a way to scheme Mark Sanchez to success in the silver and blue.

We might not want to think that, but ultimately we would want what Mark Sanchez could bring to the Cowboys if he does indeed have to step onto the field.

The ultimate goal for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys right now is to stay relevant until Tony Romo can take over this football team once again.

Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore fell flat on their faces trying to do this a year ago, but Dak Prescott and Mark Sanchez are the solution. It all starts with Dak attack, followed by the low expectations put on Sanchez in his new role with the Cowboys - which is to basically be better than Matt Cassel, while Dak will have to outperform Brandon Weeden.

I like the chances of both of these players outperforming their 2015 counterparts, and the depth at quarterback is upgraded because of it with Mark Sanchez as the backup.

Agree? Disagree? Let's talk about it! Use the comments section below to share your thoughts on Mark Sanchez backing up Dak Prescott, or email me at

Tell us what you think about "Mark Sanchez: More Than Just A Villain, Cowboys Are Playing It Smart" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

  • julian mendez

    com’on he can make a different that Mark give that man a chance to be what he can be who has in the cowboy’s history screw it up. Jerry made the whole trusting Rome to lead this team some where an he hasn’t live up to his potential. Yea how long did he get to make up all those throws an how many times has he came up short so give Mark Sanchez his credit for been a quarter-back I do for get yall if you judge the man for his screw on the fumbels so what look at Rome he lost big one an how many times cowboys fans have to be waiting on him to pickup his screw up he should retire but he is Jerry Jones little boy look at the money he spend on him an for what screw another yrs

    • Sean Martin

      This Dak Prescott guy on the Cowboys is pretty good too.

  • Mario

    Since you put it like that.? But let’s hope he never sees the field

    • Sean Martin

      Agreed, excited to see Dak, and as much of Dak as possible until Romo is truly ready to go again. Thank you for reading, Mario.

  • Kevinsky

    I agree that Sanchez was the best option. Cap-wise and experience-wise he fits the bill. Yeah, the guy turns it over too often but let’s hope Dak does well enough and stays healthy so we don’t have to even see Sanchez. Julian, who is this Rome guy you’re talking about? Jim Rome?

    • Sean Martin

      Yeah, the turnovers are by far the worst part of Sanchez’s game. Been some inexcusable ones throughout his career. Like you said, hopefully he doesn’t play, and if he does, hopefully the running game can help him get into favorable down and distances to limit those turnovers. We’re talking best case scenarios for a QB4 though.

  • PtP

    True, but I still think Jerry should have given Michael Vick a call…… Saying just….

    • Sean Martin

      The Michael Vick that you would want (the electrifying one that would probably be unstoppable with Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas offensive line) just doesn’t exist anymore, or else the Cowboys likely would have called.

  • Emilio Gonzalez

    I agree let’s give Sanchez a chance n remember the playoffs with the Jets when he came in. Thanks

    • Sean Martin

      You want Sanchez to start over Prescott?

  • C B Sufferin

    Time to take a realistic look at Tony Romo’s health. In the last three years he has shown that his body may have reached the point where it can’t hold up to the terrible pounding of the pro game. He is a brave guy but I feel like his time has come to either retire or assume a lesser role. If he really can come back and be the guy, great, but I think it is time for the Cowboys to move on.

    • Sean Martin

      As one of the biggest Romo fans out there, I agree with essentially all of this, except for the fact that the team should move on from Romo. Romo will decide when it’s his time to move on from his team, whether that is smart of not. Thank you for reading.

  • Drake

    Realy hope Tony has two seasons left in him, Dak won’t be preseason Dak but a vast improvement at qb2, I honestly feel that big blue will win 5 games or more sans Romo and get a first round bye if he can manage to finish the season. For all the Romo haters look to see how he was tackled before saying he should retire

    • Sean Martin

      Two seasons is about where I’m at for an optimistic outreach. More focused in on each week until his 2016 return though, and a chance for him to do something special if he comes back to a team that is in contention. Might not be too hard in the NFC East. Thank you for reading!

  • C B Sufferin

    I read this today (9/8/16) on ESPN
    “Running behind a line stacked with All-Pros, Cowboys back Ezekiel Elliott is taking aim at Eric Dickerson’s single-season rookie record.”
    The guy hasn’t run for 1 yard yet!
    Cart before the horse hype!

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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