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QB Mark Sanchez To Visit Bears, Have The Cowboys Moved On?

RJ Ochoa

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Everyone that loves the NFL has had their eyes on the state of the Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks this offseason. It’s a position room full of fascination as many people have been waiting for the Tony Romo saga to end, one way or another. While it appears that that particular storyline has no finality in sight, there is some news regarding a quarterback coming off the Cowboys roster… Mark Sanchez is visiting the Chicago Bears.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter

After spending last season as a backup QB for the Cowboys … Mark Sanchez will visit the Bears on Thursday, source says.

Look, I get it. You’re tired of the Sanchize and could care less where he’s holding a clipboard in 2017. WELL JUST HEAR ME OUT FOR A MINUTE, WHY DON’T YOU?

I’ve written – extensively, I might add – before here at Inside The Star about the relationship that exists between Mark Sanchez and Dak Prescott, and why this is just cause for considering bringing Mark back. Dak considers Mark a mentor, he was the first person that he’d run to throughout the season and in case you didn’t know… Dak Prescott is this team’s franchise quarterback.

Mark Sanchez

Is the relationship between Mark Sanchez and Dak Prescott enough to justify bringing Mark back to Dallas for 2017?

Why is that important? Whatever Dak likes, we like. I hate cauliflower (it’s gross both visually and in taste), but if Dak Prescott came out and said cauliflower was the greatest food in the world well you can bet your bottom dollar that I’d be drinking the cauliflower kool-aid.

Dak’s affinity for Mark isn’t justifiable to the point that it can be the only reason in bringing Mark back, but considering that all the Cowboys are going to conceivably have behind Dak is Kellen Moore (who re-signed earlier this week) then it’s certainly worth kicking the Sanchize tires.

At this point Prescott, Moore, and the what-is-going-to-happen-with-him Romo are the only quarterbacks under employ by the Dallas Cowboys. Will the Cowboys braintrust add a rookie to that mix? Will another veteran be brought in, even as just a Training Camp arm? Will the Cowboys reunite the best duo we’ve seen since Rob and Big in terms of Dak and Mark sometime soon? Only time will tell, and when it does we’ll have you covered as always here at Inside The Star.

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  • dallas1966

    Romo was close to jon kitna and brad Johnson, don’t see why, it would be a problem to resign Sanchez, if he close with Dak, all the better.

  • George_Johnson

    RJ Ochoa: What evidence do you have that Dak was close to Sanchez in a QB sense? I have heard that Romo is a QB guru who studies the details of QBs mechanics and could easily be a QB coach someday. I have also heard something similar about K Moore. I remember college QBs on the Boise State team saying K Moore asks questions that no one has even thought of. So why wouldn’t these two QBs be advising and analyzing Dak as much as Sanchez in 2016?

    • RJ Ochoa

      George,

      I detailed the length of Dak and Sanchez’s relationship with many points of evidence in this post, which I referenced in the one you’re commenting on: https://insidethestar.com/best-reason-dallas-cowboys-re-sign-mark-sanchez/

      Their relationship was actually even discussed during the Sunday Night Football game that the Cowboys played against the Buccaneers. NBC’s Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth discussed how Dak said that Mark was the first person that he goes to on the sidelines.

      • George_Johnson

        Thanks for the information. I should of read the article more closely and followed the reference, which I didn’t.

    • Jess Haynie

      It’s logical to assume that Romo wasn’t all that invested in helping Dak, especially once he got healthy and wanted his job back. For all the things we love about him, Romo has a reputation of being competitive and even hostile with other quarterbacks on the depth chart.

      • George_Johnson

        If true, I wouldn’t want him on my team if I were a coach or GM. The idea is to get better and win at all costs for each player and the team. T Romo’s job in 2016 was to recover from his injury and to help Dak Prescott adjust to the NFL and play as best he can. To the extent he didn’t kill himself to help Dak, he is not someone you want on your team. You can put your ego in a box. If you can’t do this you should not be on the team. T Romo may need to think seriously about retiring as he may not be able to remain a # 1 QB because of his age/physical limitation/prone to injury/etc. but he could still be a good backup which would also make him an advisor to the starter and one of his key rolls. If I was Dallas I would get rid of Romo as he in not the type of player you want on your team if you want to build towards success. Also, I question his ability to be a coach if he is unwilling to sacrifice himself for the best interest of the team.

  • deal with it

    Sanchez,as a sounding board for Dak,is ok but God forbid he ever have to step on the field. he was terrible last year when he did.

  • Russ_Te

    The book says if you are a contender, try to have a veteran backup QB who has won games in the NFL, particularly so that you might still win a playoff game if your starter goes out. Never more true than when Bernie Kosar came in for injured Aikman in the 1993 NFC title game, and iced the game with a strike to Alvin Harper.

    Sanchez has won playoff games as a starter, and despite his hard knocks in the league, seemed like a good move when Dallas signed him. Then he sat all year and had no reps in Linehan’s offense, and when he played in Week 17 it showed.

    Dallas seems indifferent at best on him now. If you are Sanchez you’re not too high on going to camp and losing the #2 job to a guy who has mastery in Linehan’s system. You will sign somewhere with better chances for you.

    So each may oddly be viewing the other as a last resort. If Sanchez comes to camp, then Dallas found nobody else credible & Sanchez found no takers with a better situation to offer.

    I actually think Sanchez would show better with a camp and more reps in this offense. But I don’t know that for sure, and given Dak’s durability I’m pretty good with Moore at #2 – if he has recovery from the leg and a good camp.

    If another veteran presents on waivers or something, you’d have to believe he’s good enough to hand the #2 job to – otherwise put your chips on Moore & don’t screw with his development by demoting him.

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys: By the Numbers

Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

Cole Beasley on Twitter

80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries

Sean Martin

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Zack Martin

With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster.

Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery.

Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years.

LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl.

https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/950846277071396864

In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again.

For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season.

With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys.

Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot.

Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft.

Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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