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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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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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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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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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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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June 17, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Sanchez spent the spring the way he finished last season - taking snaps as the Eagles' first-team quarterback. Depending on Sam Bradford's health, this week's mandatory minicamp might be Sanchez's last opportunity to take the majority of the snaps. The Eagles will practice Tuesday through Thursday before packing up for summer and returning for training camp Aug. 2. Bradford could be recovered from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee by the start of camp. Although coach Chip Kelly said it would be an open competition at quarterback, the Eagles probably did not surrender Nick Foles and a second-round pick for a healthy Bradford to hold a clipboard on the sideline.
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November 29, 2014
The Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo were no match for the high-powered Eagles offense, led by quarterback Mark Sanchez, on Thursday.    Comp.   Att.   Yards   TD   Int.   Rating    Tony Romo   18   29   199   0   2   53.7    Mark Sanchez   20   29   217   1   0   102.2   
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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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June 20, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
For a moment, assume the worst for Sam Bradford. Picture him at Lambeau Field on Aug. 29, dropping back to pass against the Packers during the Eagles' third preseason game. The third exhibition game is a team's most important preseason game. It's the dress rehearsal for the regular season. It's Bradford's best chance, maybe his only chance before the final score starts to matter, to answer the questions about whether, after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament twice in a 10-month span, he can make Chip Kelly's offense purr like a Ferrari 458 over 16 games.
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June 17, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Sanchez spent the spring the way he finished last season - taking snaps as the Eagles' first-team quarterback. Depending on Sam Bradford's health, this week's mandatory minicamp might be Sanchez's last opportunity to take the majority of the snaps. The Eagles will practice Tuesday through Thursday before packing up for summer and returning for training camp Aug. 2. Bradford could be recovered from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee by the start of camp. Although coach Chip Kelly said it would be an open competition at quarterback, the Eagles probably did not surrender Nick Foles and a second-round pick for a healthy Bradford to hold a clipboard on the sideline.
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May 30, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Chip Kelly noted, if the Eagles played their regular-season opener Thursday, it would have been "illegal" or something like that. His underlying message: Just because Sam Bradford's left knee doesn't appear remotely close to 100 percent healthy on May 28 doesn't mean that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback 109 days later. But with each passing day that Bradford is not completely back from tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, the specter of Sanchez under center on Sept.
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May 30, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was just like old times for Tim Tebow during organized team activities with the Eagles on Thursday at the NovaCare Complex: It was not very good. Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner and a two-time college football champion at Florida, showed explosiveness as a runner. But even though Eagles coach Chip Kelly raved about his improvement as a passer before the workout, that was not immediately evident. Thursday was the Eagles' third workout and the first witnessed by the media. At first glance, the new and improved Tebow, who has spent more than a year working on his throwing motion with former major-league pitcher Tom House, looked a lot like the quarterback who completed just 47.9 percent of his NFL passes.
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May 29, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
SAM BRADFORD didn't ask for any sort of reassurance as draft week approached and rumors flew about the Eagles' quest for Marcus Mariota, Bradford said yesterday. "We didn't really have any discussions like that," Bradford said after participating sparingly in an organized team activity session at NovaCare. "I don't think it's their job to fill me in on what they're thinking upstairs. " This was prefaced by the usual sportspeak from Bradford about not worrying over things he can't control.
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May 25, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles will hold three days of organized team activities this week, which is the NFL's euphemism for voluntary practice sessions that are usually anything but. And while there are collectively bargained restrictions on the nature of the drills and workouts, there is no limit on local speculation regarding what Chip Kelly will learn about his team during these sessions. It might be he already knows plenty. One thing I believe he knows is that quarterback Tim Tebow is probably going to be on the roster when the Eagles open the regular season on Sept.
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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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