December 18, 2014 |
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.
November 6, 2014 |
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]
November 4, 2014 |
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.
November 9, 2014 |
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.
December 21, 2014 |
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.
August 26, 2014 |
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.
July 31, 2014 |
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.
December 2, 2014 |
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.
April 22, 2015 |
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)
April 21, 2015 |
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.