Two days later, Mark Sanchez still wasn’t happy about his performance. But after watching film Tuesday, the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback had dissected why he didn’t play well Sunday.
“After the game, obviously I’m a competitor,” Sanchez said. “I want to go out there and win and play well, so I was pissed. But, listen, you get 24 hours to be upset or be excited about it. At the end of the day, it’s never as bad or as good as you think. A lot of good things in there. Some good checks early on. Some good throws. Good decisions. Then a couple of things we want to change, and that’s what we’ll do.”
Sanchez went 9-of-17 for 85 yards, two interceptions and a passer rating of 27.5. He also took three sacks for 25 yards.
The Cowboys scored only a field goal on Sanchez’s eight drives, not counting a kneel down at the end of the first half, and gained only 85 yards with him on the field.
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It marked his first extensive playing time since his last start, which came Nov. 26, 2015, when he played for the Eagles against the Lions.
“Ultimately, we wanted to win the game, and we didn’t do that,” Sanchez said. “I thought it was a great opportunity to just get back in and get in the swing of things. I thought as the drives wore on, I just got more and more comfortable. Still, it’s one thing to run these plays in practice, to draw them up, know how to call them and then you’ve got to go execute them. At the end of the day, I’m my own toughest critic, but nobody cares that somebody didn’t play, that somebody ran the wrong route, that this guy made a great play.
“At the end of the day, you throw two picks and it doesn’t look very good. So why? Why did that happen? Where did it come from? All that kind of stuff. I thought we did a great job of addressing it today and understanding that’s the way some of these games go.”
Sanchez said the game had a preseason feel to it with players rotating in and out, and several of the team’s starters on the sideline by the time he entered the game.
“Very similar. Absolutely. And a lot of guys rotating in and out. Trying to figure out different things coming in,” Sanchez said. “It’s not like we were playing against a team that wasn’t playing hard or didn’t have any good players. It’s not like, ‘We’ll go scrimmage it out, and oh, OK, he made a great play. Let’s start that play over.’ It’s not like that.”