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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.

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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.

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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.

Tell us what you think about "QB Mark Sanchez To Visit Bears, Have The Cowboys Moved On?" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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8 Comments
  • 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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Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their most impressive win of the season, keeping playoff hopes alive on the road with a 27-20 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the hostile home of the defending Super Bowl champions with three previous road losses already on their record, the Cowboys performance on Sunday night was truly about getting back to their roots. In their second week with Marc Colombo as the Offensive Line Coach, the Cowboys rushed for 171 yards and protected Dak Prescott very well. It was revealed after the game that Frederick was on a coaches headset with Colombo and his new assistant Hudson Houck.

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Travis Frederick just told @BenRogers on @1053thefan that Marc Columbo has him on a coaches headset now helping him and Hudson Houck. That's a smart move from Columbo. Smartest guy on the line

The anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since being drafted in 2013, Frederick is regarded as the smartest linemen on the team. It's his mental edge that's made up for a slight lack of size at the position, regarded as one of the worst first round picks in his draft because of this oversight.

Not only is Frederick a welcome addition to the Cowboys brain trust at offensive line, but he did receive some great news on his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that's kept him out this season. Frederick was placed on injured reserve on October 6th, announcing publicly his GBS diagnosis on August 22nd.

Frederick has a long way to go before he's playing football again, not eligible to do so until week 14 at home against the Eagles. Regaining feeling in his hands is about the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee getting as healthy as possible away from football. If a return to the Cowboys is possible through his recovery, the team would of course welcome Frederick.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Travis Frederick regains sensation in his hands: "There is some light at the end of the tunnel" https://t.co/wvQhB6KUQp

What Frederick has gained in upper body strength, he must remain patient for in the lower body. While pointing out that over 95% of patients make a full recovery from GBS, Frederick is still waiting to feel sensations in his feet.

The Cowboys have been optimistic that Frederick's condition was caught early enough for a full recovery to be probable.

Dallas' schedule doesn't get any easier following their uplifting win. Returning to the site of last year's demoralizing loss at the Falcons, Frederick likely wishes he could make a miraculous return just a bit more this week.

To make matters worse, Left Tackle Tyron Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms. It's unknown if rookie Connor Williams will reclaim his starting left guard spot on Sunday, or if Xavier Su'a-Filo has earned another opportunity.

Despite the patchwork nature of a Cowboys offensive line once regarded as the best in the league, and still vital to the entire team's success, Dallas has an abundance of hope that Sunday in Atlanta can be much better than 2017. This starts with Frederick's strength to fight GBS and attempt to rejoin his teammates, wisely given some added game day influence on them by Colombo.

If elevating their level of play up front was all it took for the Cowboys to play up to their potential and pull off an upset on prime time last week, the NFC East is certainly still within reach for a team that must now sustain the level of play on offense to match what this defense has given all season.

Tell us what you think about "Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys LB Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week Against Eagles

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You already knew that Leighton Vander Esch, the Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker, had a great night last Sunday in Philadelphia. Apparently the rest of the football world agreed, and now he's been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The award is the first of what could be many for Leighton, who has emerged as a defensive leader for the Cowboys. He's been playing more in the absence of veteran Sean Lee, who has been battling hamstring issues all season.

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THE. WOLF. HUNTER. Congratulations to #DallasCowboys rookie LB @VanderEsch38 on being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week! → https://t.co/XeSTt2tIpX

This is the second Player of the Week award for a Dallas Cowboys this season. Kicker Brett Maher won the Special Teams version in Week 4 after going 4-for-4 and hitting a game winner over the Detroit Lions.

The Defensive Player award hasn't gone to a Cowboys since Week of 2017, when DeMarcus Lawrence put up three sacks against the Arizona Cardinals.

Leighton's recognition is also well-earned. He led Dallas with 13 tackles and an interception in a pivotal road victory against a division rival. In what was arguably a "must-win" game for the Cowboys, their first-round pick stepped up and stood out.

A few more games like this, and Vander Esch could be in the running for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. But even above personal accolades, Leighton's play could help the Cowboys make a push in the NFC East.

If nothing else, he's making that first-round pick look smarter every week.



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Legendary Cowboys Quarterback Backs Dak Prescott

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Takeaway Tuesday: Prescott's Legs Give Offense a Much Needed Spark

Things have not gone well for Dak Prescott this season. His play has been up and down and he hasn't given the team or Cowboys Nation much reason to believe that he's the future at the quarterback position for the Dallas Cowboys. Speaking to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas today, Legendary Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach offered support for the Cowboys current quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Staubach had this to say when asked about Dak Prescott.

Mark Lane on Twitter

Roger Staubach on @1053thefan said #Dak is a part of the problem with the #Cowboys offense, but he is not the problem.

Roger Staubach didn't start in the NFL until the third year of his career and thinks that's a good time for the quarterback to make the jump. At this point, we are 40 games into Dak Prescott's NFL career and we can see some of the things that he's good at as well as some of the things that he struggles with.

As Staubach points out, Dak Prescott has the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback, even if his play hasn't been what you'd want at the position. Roger admits that Dak shoulders some of the blame for the offensive woes of the last 16 games, but realizes that there are  many reasons for the Cowboys offensive failures this season.

Roger Staubach believes that the Dallas Cowboys can win with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback despite some of the flaws that have crept up over the last 16 games. He's not wrong.

Staubach's pretty accurate in his assessment that there's been more good than bad. If you look at the first 24 games of Dak Prescott's career, he was really good. Through the last 16 games, he's struggled at times. So technically there's been more good than bad. The problem is that over the last 16 games, there's been more bad than good. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league and lately Dak hasn't done much. We can debate all day on how much of the struggles Prescott's faced are on him, but everyone should be willing to admit that some of the struggles are on him.

It's plausible that the confidence in Prescott that Jerry Jones has comes from Roger's belief that the Cowboys can win games with Dak Prescott at quarterback; and they have. In Prescott's career, the Dallas Cowboys are 25-15. Though wins are a team stat and not a quarterback stat, it just goes as evidence that Dak Prescott can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League.

Dak has some flaws, but the offense and its play caller haven't helped Prescott much this season. We should be critical of Prescott because he has a big pay day coming, if you believe Jerry Jones. While Dak has some flaws, he also has some traits that can make him a good quarterback in the NFL with the right coaching situation behind him. 2018 may be running out of time for the Dallas Cowboys and their playoff prospects, but the Cowboys have time before they have to make a decision on Prescott.



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