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December 18, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE JETS surrendered two picks and three players to trade up and take Mark Sanchez fifth overall in 2009. He was the quarterback when the Jets went to the AFC title game his first two seasons. He earned a clever nickname. But the value of "The Sanchise" plunged in 2011 and 2012. He had a chance to rebuild his brand's equity this season as Nick Foles' replacement. That equity spiked early, but the specter of two tough, meaningful games loomed as better gauges of Sanchez's true value.
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November 6, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRAD SMITH was a New York Jet when Mark Sanchez was a budding star, a first-round, fifth-overall draft pick who quarterbacked the Jets to successive AFC Championship Game appearances in Sanchez's first two NFL seasons. "That team was a lot like this team, those first 2 years. Real tight-knit group," Smith, now an Eagles wideout, said yesterday. "Guys that play for each other - the culture is built for 'We all take care of each other' . . . That's the kind of vibe he's getting [here]
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November 4, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The low point? You want to know the low point for Mark Sanchez during his career with the New York Jets? You want an understanding of and appreciation for how far he's come, how different everything is for him, now that he has assumed the Eagles' starting quarterback job because of Nick Foles' cracked clavicle? Seriously, you want to know how bad it was? Good luck with that. Good luck plumbing those depths. It's impossible to pinpoint just one moment. Think about this: Over the final 51/2 weeks of the 2012 season, the last one in which Sanchez took a regular-season snap for the Jets, the following happened: He was involved in what might be the greatest gaffe in football history - the "butt-fumble" on Thanksgiving night against the New England Patriots.
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November 9, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly looked around at a Mission Viejo High School practice 10 years ago and saw coaches from Southern Cal, Stanford, and Texas. Kelly was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, recruiting a different caliber of prospect. They were all watching the No. 1 high school quarterback in the country: Mark Sanchez. "I just thought, that kid is a really good player," Kelly said. "I wasn't talking to him that day, I'll tell you that. " Kelly signed Sanchez's backup, R.J. Toman, and made other trips to the school while recruiting in California.
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December 21, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The second act of Mark Sanchez's NFL career started in March when the Eagles gave him a one-year contract to be Nick Foles' understudy. It became more intriguing in August, when Sanchez completed 80.6 percent of his passes during the preseason and appeared to fit in Chip Kelly's offense. But Sanchez finally returned to the spotlight seven weeks ago, when he prepared to start for the first time in nearly two years. Sanchez remarked how it was a familiar feeling. Much of the last two months have been familiar for Sanchez.
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August 26, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every player is available for the right price, but quarterbacks are at a premium, even backups like Mark Sanchez. The St. Louis Rams need a starting quarterback after they officially learned on Sunday that Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury. Sanchez, in light of his strong preseason with the Eagles and his previous working relationship with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, has been mentioned as a possible target. If St. Louis comes calling, the Eagles should ask for at least a conditional third-round draft pick.
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July 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The start of Mark Sanchez's new life as a backup quarterback had something in common with the way his former life as a starter faded. The performance did not match the name. Sanchez was a full participant throughout the Eagles' spring practice despite October surgery on a torn labrum, although he did not appear to be fully recovered. He improved as the spring progressed, and continued making strides upon returning to Philadelphia for training camp last week. Sanchez delivered three sharp days of practice before the team took a day off Tuesday, and the former Jet is on his way to fortifying the Eagles' depth behind Nick Foles.
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December 2, 2014 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY is 19-9 through 28 games in the NFL, pretty darned good for a coach who might not have his quarterback yet. The question of who quarterbacks the Eagles next season isn't one fans are spending a lot of time pondering right now. (That is why you have sports reporters.) But it might have a big impact on whether Kelly can win a Super Bowl in the near future. Nick Foles got good news from his CT scan Friday, but Foles is still at least a few weeks and continued healing away from being cleared for contact.
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April 22, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY yesterday added failed Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to the Eagles' 90-man roster. Why not? Tebow, out of football for the past two seasons, joined a quartet of quarterbacks who, to this point, have demonstrably proved unable to help NFL teams win. What's one more? The uproar generated by what likely will be the Eagles' least important offseason move is completely contrived. Tebow is drumming up publicity? Kelly is stoking his own ego? Except for his dubious antiabortion commercial (it posits that Tebow's mother was advised to abort embryonic Timmy, but abortion is illegal in the Philippines, where he was born)
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April 21, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
WHEN CHIP KELLY makes his first draft pick two Thursdays from now, he will do so exactly 1 year to the date this town last had a whiff of the postseason. The Rangers eliminated the Flyers that night, beginning a famine that already has included a long summer of bad baseball, the late-season collapse of Kelly's Eagles, the predictable and somewhat hoped-for futility of the Sixers, and the sloppy start and bad finish of the Flyers. It's a famine that is all but certain to last into next year, too - even if Kelly's collection of risk-reward players proves his genius, and not just his hubris.
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April 23, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Maybe the path to understanding why the Eagles signed Tim Tebow and how Chip Kelly plans to use him begins with a phone call between a pair of New York Jets coaches in March 2012. It has been three years and a month since the Jets completed a trade that sent two draft picks to the Denver Broncos for Tebow, and just before the franchises consummated the deal, Rex Ryan dialed up his special-teams coach, Mike Westhoff, to solicit his opinion on adding Tebow in a jack-of-all-trades kind of role.
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April 22, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY yesterday added failed Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to the Eagles' 90-man roster. Why not? Tebow, out of football for the past two seasons, joined a quartet of quarterbacks who, to this point, have demonstrably proved unable to help NFL teams win. What's one more? The uproar generated by what likely will be the Eagles' least important offseason move is completely contrived. Tebow is drumming up publicity? Kelly is stoking his own ego? Except for his dubious antiabortion commercial (it posits that Tebow's mother was advised to abort embryonic Timmy, but abortion is illegal in the Philippines, where he was born)
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April 21, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
WHEN CHIP KELLY makes his first draft pick two Thursdays from now, he will do so exactly 1 year to the date this town last had a whiff of the postseason. The Rangers eliminated the Flyers that night, beginning a famine that already has included a long summer of bad baseball, the late-season collapse of Kelly's Eagles, the predictable and somewhat hoped-for futility of the Sixers, and the sloppy start and bad finish of the Flyers. It's a famine that is all but certain to last into next year, too - even if Kelly's collection of risk-reward players proves his genius, and not just his hubris.
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March 30, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sam Bradford never finished better than 18th in the NFL in completion percentage in four seasons with the Rams, and yet, when Chip Kelly was asked what separated the quarterback from Nick Foles, he said "overall accuracy. " The numbers don't support the Eagles coach's claim. Bradford's 58.6 career completion percentage is three points lower than Foles' 61.6 mark. But numbers don't always tell the full story, and it's clear that Kelly has calculated the difference he expects his offense will have on the success of Bradford following this month's trade with St. Louis.
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March 27, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Chip Kelly said Wednesday that he wanted both Sam Bradford and Nick Foles on the Eagles, but that he could not acquire Bradford with only draft picks. He needed to surrender Foles to acquire the Rams quarterback in the March 10 trade. Whatever praise Kelly offers about Foles, he ultimately chose Bradford over his former Pro Bowl quarterback. Despite Foles' superior statistical production, it was Bradford's skill set that swayed Kelly. "I think when you look at Sam, it's his overall accuracy that I think impresses everybody when you watch him play," Kelly said Wednesday during a one-hour roundtable interview at the NFL meeting.
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March 16, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
We are taught it is healthier to take our time and chew our food, but it's impossible when you are being served a seven-course meal with no palate-cleansing sorbet in between. Who knew the Eagles' moves to release Todd Herremans and Trent Cole were nothing more than hors d'oeuvres? Little doggies on tiny buns. Who knew the LeSean McCoy trade was just an appetizer? Only one torn anterior cruciate ligament came with the Kiko Alonso special. Who knows whether the Sam Bradford-Nick Foles trade or the DeMarco Murray signing was the main course?
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March 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Eagles are expected to lose top wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and are keeping quarterback Mark Sanchez, two moves that could signal major changes to Chip Kelly's offense. A deal is in place for Maclin to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source confirmed. The signing would reunite Maclin with former Eagles coach Andy Reid, who drafted the wide receiver in Philadelphia. The Chiefs still need to clear salary-cap space, according to ESPN, which first reported the news. Sanchez is returning to the Eagles on a two-year contract that is worth $9 million and possibly $16 million if he hits certain incentives, a league source confirmed.
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January 3, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' quarterback situation is uncertain entering the offseason, but it does not appear Matt Barkley is any closer to earning the starting job than he was when he arrived as a rookie in 2013. Barkley, the once-heralded Southern California quarterback the Eagles selected in the fourth round two seasons ago, threw only one pass this season. He was the third-string quarterback behind Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez after spending his rookie year as the No. 3 behind Foles and Michael Vick.
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December 31, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The good news coming out of the NovaCare Complex the day after the unceremonious end to the season was that Nick Foles is ready to return as the Eagles' starting quarterback. That, of course, would have been much better news if Foles had made the same declaration a few weeks ago, when the once-promising season started to unravel with three straight losses to Seattle, Dallas, and Washington. Instead, Mark Sanchez finished out the season, going 4-4, while Foles recovered from the fractured collarbone he suffered during Week 9 in Houston.
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December 31, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
NICK FOLES, invisible to fans and media since breaking his collarbone on Nov. 2, suddenly was front and center yesterday, large and live, ready to take his place as the face of the 2015 Eagles. "I expect to be back here. I expect to be the quarterback," Foles said as the Eagles packed their belongings and headed into the offseason. "I love my teammates and I expect to be back out there, leading them and winning some games . . . I'm excited to come back better than I ever have been.
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