Sanchez Back In the Spotlight

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The tent outside the NovaCare practice field was jammed with reporters. Members of the national and New York media had come down to document Mark Sanchez’s first day as the Eagles’ starting quarterback, and were all gathered by the podium along with the Philly scribes as Wednesday’s practice wrapped up. It’s been pretty quiet around these parts (relatively speaking) through eight games, especially for a team that has been near the top of the standings all season. But Sanchez sure can draw a crowd, and on this day Philadelphia felt like the axis of the NFL universe once again.

It’s been a while since Sanchez has been the center of attention. After five years of having his every snap and sentence analyzed, he has spent the last seven months or so mostly off-camera. Not that you would know it based on how he handled himself in front of the mic Wednesday. He was relaxed and introspective and anecdotic. He’s had plenty of practice at this thing, and you can tell that he is comfortable out in front. That’s clearly where he wants to be, though the break in-between seemed to serve the 27-year-old well. Read more »

Shurmur: This Is A QB-Friendly System

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mark Sanchez has looked pretty comfortable at the controls of this Chip Kelly offense in the few times he has taken it out for a test drive. He opened some eyes during the summer with his fluid play and quick decision-making even though the system was foreign and the speed lighting-fast. While there were some mistakes, he seemed at home in relief of Nick Foles on Sunday in Houston as well.

While the real grading begins now, it appears that he has a pretty firm grasp of the offense despite not being around it for very long. Foles and Michael Vick picked it up pretty fast as well.

Is there something about the system that allows for a quick development out of the quarterbacks?
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Replacing DeMeco

NFL: Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles

Billy Davis was singing the praises of DeMeco Ryans last week like he has so many times since taking over as defensive coordinator.

One of the big story lines heading into Sunday’s game was Ryans’ return to Houston to play his former team. Davis was asked to speak to what the veteran linebacker brings both behind the scenes and on the field.

“DeMeco is one of the finest men I’ve been around.  He’s a relentless worker; you can’t outwork him.  He’s a great leader.  He’s a very calm leader,” Davis said. “During the game everybody gets amped up and it takes all that you have, every ounce of what you have, to play every snap.  Tempers get going and emotions get going, and that’s the way you have to play the game.  DeMeco is a calming influence.  He plays at that level, he plays with that intensity, but the way he talks to his teammates, the way he coaches them out there, is a very calming effect on the defense.

“He makes good, quick decisions that set our defense up.  We have a lot of checks and he gets us in and out of calls based on formation or the quarterback audibling.  Without DeMeco, I don’t know if we could do as much as we do.”

At the time, those quotes were about what the Eagles’ defense was fortunate to have. Now they highlight what it has lost.

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Herremans Heading To IR

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Photo by Jeff Fusco.

Todd Herremans will have season-ending surgery on his torn biceps and will be placed on injured reserve, a league source confirmed. The move could very well happen on Wednesday when Evan Mathis comes off short-term IR. Read more »

Foles Out 6-8 Weeks; Eagles To Add Safety

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Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

Nick Foles will not have surgery but is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, an NFL source confirmed. The quarterback fractured his clavicle in the first quarter against Houston when his non-throwing shoulder was driven into the ground by Whitney Mercilus.

Mark Sanchez replaced Foles under center and went 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. It will be his show for the foreseeable future.

If the timetable holds true, Foles could return to action against Dallas on December 14  at the earliest.

“I feel great about Mark. We’ve felt great about him all along. I always say we need to have two quarterbacks and the chance to get him in here, I think he’s done a great job in our system,” said Chip Kelly. “I thought he played outstanding in the preseason and showed no rust or anything when he got in there yesterday against Houston. We feel real confident. We obviously feel very bad for Nick that he’s out but I feel very confident in Mark if we have to go in that direction.”

In other injury-related news, Howie Roseman said on his radio show that DeMeco Ryans will be placed on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles against Houston. To fill his roster spot, the Eagles will sign former Jaguars safety Chris Prosinski.  Read more »

Chip: Foles Has Crack In Clavicle

Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly confirmed that Nick Foles has a “crack” in his clavicle. An MRI this afternoon will help determine whether the quarterback needs surgery and how long he will be sidelined.

It is Mark Sanchez‘s show for the time being, and Kelly told reporters at his day-after press conference that he is very comfortable with the veteran quarterback at the controls. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Maclin Proving His Worth

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Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

HOUSTON – In a first half defined largely by the instability on offense, Jeremy Maclin has been the constant.

The offensive line has already gone through 13 different personnel combinations. LeSean McCoy has been up and down. Darren Sproles missed some time. And on Sunday, Mark Sanchez took over for the injured Nick Foles.

That’s a lot of moving parts. Not surprisingly, Chip Kelly‘s attack has been erratic overall.

Maclin, though, has consistently delivered. Read more »

DeMeco Ryans Suffers Achilles Injury

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Houston Texans

HOUSTON — DeMeco Ryans exited the locker room on crutches Sunday afternoon, and the news surrounding his injury is not good.

Per a league source, the belief is that Ryans has suffered a torn right Achilles. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow to confirm.  Read more »

With Sanchez Under Center, Eagles Pull Out Win

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Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

HOUSTON – On his first regular-season snap in almost two years, Mark Sanchez dropped back and unfurled a bomb down the middle to Jeremy Maclin, who caught it in stride en route to a 52-yard pick-up. Five plays later, he found Jordan Matthews in the back of the end zone for six.

So much for easing into the action.

“How about that, huh? I was expecting maybe a handoff or a quick screen, ease my way in but you know Coach Kelly,” said Sanchez. “I said it [earlier] if he was a basketball coach he would bring you off the bench shooting three-pointers so that’s the way it goes. You have to be ready.”

Sanchez finished 15-of-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Eagles escaped Houston with a 31-21 win. Read more »

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