Eagles Wake-Up Call: Sanchez’s Limitations


Mark Sanchez started 62 games for the Jets before his 27th birthday. He played in six playoff games and twice was one win away from the Super Bowl.

But at this point in his career, if he wants a shot to be the No. 1 guy again, he’s first going to have to prove he’s worthy as a backup. With a one-year deal from the Eagles, Sanchez will compete with Matt Barkley (and maybe even a rookie) to provide insurance for Nick Foles.

Publicly, Chip Kelly has stressed decision-making and accuracy with his quarterbacks. John Middlekauff, a former scout for the Eagles, said Kelly did the same thing internally:

Which makes the Sanchez addition curious. He is one of two QBs in the last 10 years (Kerry Collins is the other) to attempt at least 1,500 passes, complete worse than 56 percent and average less than 6.5 YPA. In other words, he hasn’t been very accurate and he hasn’t been able to get the ball downfield (granted, Sanchez hasn’t played with the most talented pass-catchers).

During an interview with Ross Tucker, Greg Cosell of NFL Films offered his opinion of what Sanchez’s limitations are.

“You’re dealing with three things that he ultimately struggles with, which is why he fits the category that you just described [a backup, not a starter],” Cosell said. “Number one, he has some arm strength limitations. Number two, he has some issues with decision-making and processing of information quickly. And number three, he’s essentially a pocket quarterback and he does not have very good pocket movement. So when you look at those three so-called flaws in his game, it limits what he can be. And eventually, over time, the more games you play, that all comes out.”

According to Adam Caplan, Sanchez’s one-year deal is worth $2.25 million with $1.5 million guaranteed. This isn’t someone the Eagles are signing for the veteran minimum and can cut ties with in August if things don’t work out. Sanchez will be on the roster and probably has the inside track to be the backup.

Which brings us to Matt Barkley. A month ago, I would have said to pencil him in as the backup. But now Barkley is no guarantee to be on the 53-man roster. He’ll get a chance to compete for the backup job, but if Kelly sees a quarterback in the draft that he likes, Barkley will likely have to beat him out to make the team.

One way or another, there will once again be a QB competition this spring and summer at the NovaCare Complex. But this time around, it’ll be for the backup job.


A roundup of what the national media are saying about DeSean Jackson and the Eagles.

Mike Mayock says the Eagles should forget WR and draft defense with the 22nd pick.

A player-by-player breakdown of the Birds’ current depth chart at WR.

Jackson seems likely to sign with the Redskins.


Robert Griffin III on the possibility of the Redskins adding Jackson, via ESPN.com:

Jackson arrived in northern Virginia on Monday night and dined with members of the Redskins coaching staff, including coach Jay Gruden. He later went to a club with current Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Both players have publicly stated their desire for Jackson to join the Redskins, as has quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“Very exciting player. Determined to show he is the best and hungry to win. My kinda guy,” Griffin told ESPN’s Britt McHenry.

Are teams contacting the LAPD about Jackson? From NJ.com:

The Washington Redskins are reportedly close to signing former Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, and a law enforcement source told NJ.com on Tuesday that the club wasn’t among the NFL teams that reached out to Los Angeles Police Department after Jackson was connected to reputed gang members.

According to the source, the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders have asked the LAPD about Friday’s NJ.com story. Jackson was cut less than an hour after the story was published.


There’s always plenty to cover with this team.

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  • trixman

    PFT reporting Jackson came to terms with Washington.
    I hope this is like what happened with McNabb… but my gut tells me the Eagles really botched this one.

  • Leegles

    Talk about good sportsmanship! The first game of the season last year was too much fun. Way too easy. Eagles felt bad for Washington — not to mention the whole thing with third-rounder Foles turning out way better than #1 overall pick RG3 — and so the Eagles spotted the Skins their best WR. Skins games just became more meaningful, which is good in general for our Sunday entertainment come autumn.

    • Weapon Y

      #2 overall

      • Leegles

        True dat. You’re right. I won’t edit it.

    • Maggie

      How loss to Carleton Ravens put Wisconsin on the road to the Final Four.
      (from Yahoo Sports)
      Carleton is a Canadian University. Nobody important, of course.

  • UKEagle99

    Well I’d definitely be sticking Boykin on him based on our current CB crop. Sconces will be lined up in the end zone with the cushion he’d be giving.

  • cliff henny

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 2m

    DeSean Jackson’s 3-yr deal with the Redskins is worth $24 million, including $16 million guaranteed,

    man, I could GM, this is exactly what I thought Eagles should have extended him for.

    • Kev_H

      Except he would never agree to it and complain that he was underpaid.

    • Will

      So DJax gets 8 mil a year thought he’d get at least 5 mil the Deadskins is a done deal can we all get back to talking about the Eagles now that the circus has left town….

      • Maggie

        Been saying that for 2 days, I have.

  • Will

    DJax is a special talent just not what CK wants in a starting WR in his Offense…

  • Kev_H

    It’s interesting after all Jackson all the time that his signing wasn’t up here last night or yet. I guess he isn’t a reliable source which says a lot.

    • Maggie

      It was on NFL Network after midnight EDT. Tim and Sheil start at least as early as 6:00 a.m. EDT. Undoubtedly they were tucked into their little beds fast asleep.

  • Joe Thomas

    Andy had a talent for letting guys walk at the right time, minus Dawkins. We’ll find out what Chip knows.

    • dnabrice

      Cutting Dawk probably cost them a Super Bowl appearance though. I can just see Demps getting toasted by Fitzgerald when I think back to the Cards NFC Championship game. And they had beaten the eventual champ, Steelers, earlier that year.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    you are all worried about one player? really? one player…smh unreal

    • DoctorRick

      We still need a Safety, CB and a couple of WRs. Oh, and a kicker.
      Dix or Pryor if still available at 22 to start.

      • Maggie

        The Eagles do not need another CB right now. The Eagles need a Pass Rush! OLB! You have heard that a very good pass rush automatically makes the DBs look better?

  • ODBorBustAllDay

    I like the idea of a UFA maybe a 7th rounder to compete with Barkley. Especially if the kid is from Spread option based system, and comes in with a level of comfort. This could get interesting.

    • Johnny Domino

      Would not be surprised if Barkley is moved for a pick on draft day, but hopefully before Chip drafts another QB, or any hope of value for him is shot.

      “The dream is over”

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I don’t necessarily think we “need” to draft another QB. As a 3rd string, Barkley is fine and if he’s dealt (which I kinda like the idea of), I’m OK with special teams ace GJ Kinne as a 3rd string. Just not enough picks in this draft for us to feast on luxury picks. We need impact replacements from these selections this year in a big way.

        • Johnny Domino


  • ODBorBustAllDay

    I honestly had a dream last night that I was watching tv, I guess an Eagles home game, and Sanchez came down the tunnel wearing a Birds Jersey and got booed relentlessly. I was laughing my ass off


    I came into this,thread to avoid the Desean signing thread, yet Yous are all deseaned up in here too….smh

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Will Clarke, Will Clarke, Will Clarke? What do you think of Will Clarke? Did I ask what you thought of Will Clarke?

  • Joe from Easton

    Can we PLEASE talk about the Eagles again?

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Who?? You mean the team that cut DeSean Jackson!!…lol.

      Yes, please people. He signed with Deadskins. Time to move FWD. You’re not going to be able to answer your questions about whether this was a dumb or smart move until seasons end. Not before it’s even started.

    • DoctorRick

      Do you think Tim Tebow would be a good backup for the Birds?

      JK 8^) But his initials are not DJ

  • JofreyRice

    Agree with Sheil here, the backup job is Stinkchez’ to lose, and I don’t think Barkley’s got the ability to come hard at his neck. The batlle of the Marks, Berkley versus buttfumble. How gripping. I think it will factor in that Mark Buttfumble is already guaranteed about 5 times more than what Foles is making this year.

    Still can’t figure out what Chip is looking for. Really doesn’t even seem to want mobile QBs at all; gotta say I’m somewhat surprised, by maybe he thinks the offense would have more continuity in the even of an injury if the QBs were all sort of the same style. I’d love to see them add David Fales at some point in the draft, if it makes sense. He fits that repetive accuracy thing, and has a much better feel for the game than Barkley or Sanchez. Just the arm strength that’s a problem, but I think it’s clear that Chip doesn’t care about that, either.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      “Still can’t figure out what Chip is looking for. Really doesn’t even seem to want mobile QBs at all; gotta say I’m somewhat surprised, by maybe he thinks the offense would have more continuity in the even of an injury if the QBs were all sort of the same style.”

      That’s exactly it. If Foles is your franchise QB, why would you look for a “mobile” backup? Doesn’t make sense as you’ll have two different skill sets for your receivers to adjust to in the event of an injury to Foles. The smartest thing you can do in the event of an injury to your starting QB is not mash the styles between the starter and backup. I think the reason they signed Sanchez is that he has big game experience and can operate as a game manager type behind a strong ground game where you can simplify the play calling. Plus while he has that experience, he is still young enough to develop into a solid backup/spot starter.

      • DoctorRick

        Sounds good. Chip was very good at Oregon at making just about any good QB look great, think Darrin Thomas and Jeremiah Masoli here, and maybe Dennis Dixon, but Dennis was more talented than the others before his ACL blow out.
        If he can train up Sanchez in the Eagles’ system and simplify the decisions with packaged plays I think Mark could be effective without exposing his flaws.
        Mark never had a chance to develop as a pro, was thrown into the fray under the spotlight in NY. I will be interested to see how he does as a back up with a chance to do an overhaul of his mechanics and thinking. A lot will depend on how much a student of the game he is and how his shoulder heals up.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Pats bringing in Manziel & Bridgewater today for interviews?? This is either a complete waste of time trying to smoke screen, they’re doing extra homework for future reference or they’re interested in looking for Brady’s eventual successor.

    Kinda think it’s a little of all 3.

    • DoctorRick

      I’ve wished the Birds could stockpile quarterbacks like used cars and see which panned out as restoration projects. Ryan Mallett and Brandon Weeden have always struck me as pretty good QBs just in the wrong place to really see what they are made of. I guess we’ll see, with Weeden in division with Jerruh’s boys.

  • DoctorRick

    “There’s always plenty to cover with this team.” Thus spake Shiel.

  • Rahkem

    We brought in cody Latimer for a visit , Excellent blocker , and he has some skills i can see why chip would like him as a mid round guy

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Strong guy as well. Gotta do your homework in case the choice of entrées is limited.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Can anyone please explain to me the thinking behind “experts” mocking Barr to DAL? Any logic at all? They now run a 4-3 on defense. Barr is the epitome of a 3-4 rush OLB! He is not scheme versatile as an every day 4-3 DE. Of course JJ is a moron, so it’s possible and of course it is a “mock”, but still it just doesn’t fit.