Backup quarterback Mark Sanchez has a front row seat to the quarterback drama unfolding on the Dallas Cowboys practice field with veteran Tony Romo returning to practice in hopes of regaining his job from rookie sensation Dak Prescott.
Just don’t ask him to give an evaluation of how Romo is doing in practice and how close he is to being ready to play after missing the first eight games of the season with a fractured bone in his back.
“I have no idea,” Sanchez said. “Everyone looks good. Kellen looks good. Dak looks good. Tony looks good. Jameill Showers looks good.”
Never mind that Showers has moved to defensive back and Moore is on injured reserved after fracturing his leg in training camp, Sanchez wants no part of the debate that is raging outside the locker room for a 7-1 team that could see Romo active behind Prescott for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What Sanchez is honest and sincere about is that the Cowboys have a great situation with the rising Prescott and the return of a former Pro Bowler in Romo as part of an unselfish quarterback room.
And that includes Moore, who spends time breaking down film of the upcoming opponents.
He said everyone is professional and focused on winning most of all.
"It's a good problem to have," Sanchez said. "The way things are going we just keep our focus on the next opponent, everybody understands their role as the week plays out and then we all have the same goal - we want to go win. Whether you're on the field, whether you're taking reps in practice, doing scout team or breaking down film like Kellen does for coaches for projects for the next couple weeks or helping the defense or I’m helping the defense. It doesn't matter. Winning is good for everybody. That's the goal.
"The best part I've seen is there hasn't been any cracks in that. There hasn't been anybody with that sour attitude or anything. Listen, we gotta go win. That's it.”
Sanchez doesn’t deny that this is a unique situation. But he said it’s also a fun quarterback room to be in with a lot of knowledge being passed around between the quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. He said Prescott is the primary beneficiary.
“It’s a ton of experience in that room and that’s really helping Dak and I think he’s growing by the second,” Sanchez said. “He's getting smarter and smarter. He's just growing by leaps and bounds every week."