Dak Prescott is in the midst of a dream season. Injuries to Tony Romo and Kellen Moore thrust the rookie Prescott, who was a major question mark coming out of Mississippi State, under center long before the Dallas Cowboys wanted him there. Prescott has thrived, throwing for 3,630 yards and 23 touchdowns while completing almost 70 percent of his passes. The Cowboys sit at 13-2 in the NFC East and are big favorites to reach the Super Bowl.
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As you might have expected, Prescott hasn’t carried the burden of a rookie playcaller for one of the NFL’s most iconic franchises all by himself. He’s had plenty of help from the coaching staff and his fellow quarterbacks, including one who was signed mere days before the 2016 season began—Mark Sanchez.
“[Every game] he grabs me and tells me to make sure I take 15-30 minutes to soak it all in and enjoy it,” Prescott told the Dallas News. “Mark has been great. I guess he’s been my mental coach if anyone has been, about what we need to do this drive, what we need to do to get going.”
Sanchez’s career arc, which took him from back-to-back AFC Championship games with the New York Jets to forever being known for the “butt fumble” as his career began to spiral down, makes him overqualified to dole out such advice. Early in his career, he probably thought he’d be competing in Super Bowls every year. Now he’s fighting to make a team’s roster.
Prescott is having one of the greatest rookie seasons for a quarterback that the NFL has ever seen, and Sanchez is a big reason why.