Mark Sanchez arrived in DFW late Saturday night, just as his USC Trojans were finishing a 52-6 loss to Alabama at AT&T Stadium. He has too much to learn to spend any time doing anything else but studying his playbook.
Sanchez doesn’t expect to sleep much this week as he crams for Week 1 with a new team.
“I doubt it,” he said of sleep. “I’ll be here a lot, and that’s just fine. I’d prefer it that way anyway.”
The Broncos released Sanchez on Saturday after he failed to win their starting job, and he quickly signed with the Cowboys.
“The atmosphere here, the talent that this team has and how close they’ve been the last few years, to really making a statement,” Sanchez said of why he chose the Cowboys. “Two years ago they went deep in the playoffs. So this is a group that’s been there, knows how to win and has created and cultivated a winning atmosphere. So anything to be a part of that. I know that’s really important.”
Sanchez said “a ton of the concepts” in the Cowboys’ playbook are familiar, but he’s going to need some time to “learn the language.”
“Give me a few minutes. I got a long way to go,” he said. “That’s just fine. That’s a part of it. Just keep chipping away, keep studying. I’m thankful a guy like Kellen Moore has been a great resource for me. Dak [Prescott] has been great, and I’m sure Tony [Romo] will be awesome too.”
Sanchez will backup Prescott on Sunday against the New York Giants.