Sanchez Makes Good First Impression

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mark Sanchez took Chip Kelly‘s offense out for a test drive Friday night and looked right at home at the controls.

It was his first game action since December of 2012. An injury to his throwing shoulder last preseason required surgery and sidelined him for the entire year. He was released by the Jets and quickly picked up by the Eagles this offseason, and got to work on learning a new system while continuing to rehab the arm. Given the circumstances, it’s noteworthy that he was able to perform at a pretty high level Friday night in Chicago.




He finished 7-of-10 for 79 yards (93.3 rating) and led a pair of touchdown drives.

"It felt great. It was really exciting. Just blessed to come back and feel 100 percent and get this whole thing rolling again," said Sanchez. "Thank God for the opportunity. It was fun."

"I thought Mark did a really nice job," Chip Kelly added. "I was really impressed with the work he did in the second quarter. I thought he threw the ball on time, put the ball in there. He made a mistake on the one play at the goal line where he pulled it and then tried to throw it out. I think we were at the 1-yard line, but we got in the next play so it didn’t really come back to hurt us. But I thought he played calm. He had poise about him, put the ball on the money. The ball he threw to [Zach] Ertz down the middle I thought was a really well-timed throw. I was really happy with him."

What really stood out was the speed and smoothness of the second-team offense with Sanchez under center. The six-year vet was making quick decisions and getting the ball out on time.

"I didn't really think about, 'What do I need to do?' You just run the plays, let the offense take care of itself," he said.

"It's fun to play in. You feel like you're on a fast break and you just have to get rid of the ball and let the other guys do the heavy lifting. You just catch, snap and roll."

Sanchez has been practicing well and expected it to carry over to the game, which it did. On the flip side, Nick Foles hasn't been as sharp as we've been accustomed to in recent days and struggled in limited action against the Bears.

"Look, it's the first preseason game. I'm not worried one bit about Nick. The dude's nails," said Sanchez. "He'll be fine, and he knows that. The ball got away from him a couple times but he knows how to battle through adversity, to push through stuff, and like I said, it's the first preseason game. It's no biggie."

As Kelly has mentioned on multiple occasions, you need two good quarterbacks in this league. Chances are, the backup will be called on at some point. It's too early to say that Sanchez will be the safety net the Eagles need should Foles go down, but this was an encouraging start.

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  • Charles

    Here we go! “Maybe Sanchez is a better fit for this offense than Foles.” It’s a freaking pre-season game with vanilla defenses and offenses! Just be thankful no one was injured! Remember we went 4-0 with the “dream team” during that preseason… Enough said.

    • G_WallyHunter

      Lol was waiting for this. Can this discussion please just end before it begins. Ridiculous. I do remember the 4-0 dream team year start, I won’t lie I was a little pumped by it, thought to myself “wow my Eagles could really have an amazing year this year!!”……. Ya need not mention more. week 1 is when judgements should really begin

      • anon

        we did start well, and beat the eventual SB champs.

    • Stuart Philp

      Yup. What we can take away from this (and it isn’t a surprise) is if Foles gets injured we know Sanchez can step in and do a decent job, maybe win us a few games, until Nick gets back.

      Chip’s said it many times, you always need 2 guys who can step in and play on game day. Last season we had Vick/Nick, then Nick/Vick. This season we have Nick and Mark. Matt will come along too as he continues to get more experience and practice.

      Looks like a solid set of QBs too me.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      Who are you quoting?

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        The estimable Mr S. T. Rawman.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          That poor guy can never win an argument, can he? While we’re at it, I’m sick of all these so-called “sports journalists” who want to “cut Jordan Matthews.” I say – give the kid a chance.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            There’s “sports journalists” that want to cut him already?

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            and I will take the opposite side of that fictional argument, because I’m brave.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Never seen courage quite like you’re displaying by taking this position.

          • RIP illa

            That had me in tears.

          • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

            It’s almost like people have never seen a preseason before. Let alone the first game in a preseason.

            Also, I really just noticed that I’ve been thinking that your avi was you in real life this whole time.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            haha. it’s hipster Barwin. I’m nowhere near as good looking.

            https://twitter.com/richcolton

      • Salwc2k

        Himself..can’t you see that? Lol

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      You can’t use these –> ” ” unless someone actually said that.

    • Eneagled
  • tomw

    Beau Allen gave me flash backs of Gerome Brown last night.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      I thought he looked more like Randy Harmon

    • RIP illa

      Whoa whoa whoa. Let’s simmer down there!

    • eaglespur

      I really enjoyed watching Allen push the center… let’s hope he can continue, yeah he’s a rook and needs to develop, but if you have an NT who can collapse the center – that causes all kinds of opportunities for your D

  • Kleptolia

    GUYS! SANCHEX SHOULD START AND THATS A FACT!! DID U SEE HIM LST NITE?!!?! HE WAS WAAAYYY BETTER THEN FOLES AND THATS ANOTHER FACT!!
    FOLES THREW 2 INTERCEPTIONS AND THATS MORE THEN HE THREW ALL LAST SEASON!!! WE KNEW HE WASNT BETTER THAN VICK AND NOW THE FACTS ARE COMING TO THE LITE AND SHOWING THEMSELFS!!!
    WE NEED A REAL LEADER! WE NEED A GUY WITH KURLIE (ONE E OR 2?) HAIRS AND A SQUARE CHIN AND A FOREHEAD THAT LOOKS LIKE A MOUNTAIN! FOR REALZ! WE NEED SANCHEZ FOR OUR FRANCHIS! WE COULD CALL HIM SANCHIZE! I STARTED THAT BUT U CAN USE IT 2!
    FOLES IS JUST A TALK GUY WITH A MOUTH THAT CANT CLOSE AND HE LOOKS LIKE NAPOLEAN DINOMITE!! HES SO STUPID THAT HE THROWS INTERCEPSHINS ALL THE TIME!
    OK GOTTA GO MOM SEZ I HAS TO CLEEN MU ROOM
    MARK SANCHEZ SHUD B QUARTERBACK!!

    • Johnny Domino

      Thank you Mrs. Sanchez, have a cookie.

    • Presbyton

      Well done, good sarcasm

      • Kleptolia

        Thanks. Should I be saying the same to you? ;-)

    • G_WallyHunter

      Intercepshins lol

    • EagleDuck

      Good stuff. You’ve ofishuhly made me prowd.
      Seriously though. First time in 5 years Sanchez hasn’t looked like hammered dog crap during a game, suddenly we have a QB controversy… Puleez.

    • PhillySean

      I think I sat in front of this idiot at Franklin Field on Sunday and it was excruciating.

    • Salwc2k

      Why are you HOLLARING? I got a headache reading that…also took a while looking up some of your words in the dictionary to see if they were real words.

  • Presbyton

    Mark Sanchez was really thinking “Yeah, it was nice to be able to throw behind a capable offensive line that gave me adequate protection, it really made me feel comfortable in the pocket instead of like my head was about to get blown off. Also that Zach Ertz kid is massive and all I have to do is throw it to him and everything works out fine. I love being an Eagle”

  • Rick H

    Give credit to Sanchez for playing well. The whole Foles discussion is an embarrassment to whomever brings it up. Not going to happen. With that said about Sanchez, The Bears 2nd team defense was horrendous as was their 3rd team defense. Their first team defense was medicore.
    Referees were overreacting with yellow flags everywhere. As Ray Didinger said today on his 94.1 Saturday morning talk show. QUOTE “THE EAGLES OFFENSE IS PREDICATED ON TEMPO AND THE REFEREES TOOK THAT COMPLETELY OUT OF THE CAME IMMEDIATELY.” Another words they castrated the Eagles offense!
    Oddly the flags they were throwing in the 1st quarter disappeared and the 2nd team players on both sides could play a little then they started calling other things again.
    So with this new first time officiating crew the night was doomed from the kickoff. Based on their officiating the 2nd teams were not committing penalties like both first 1st teams.
    I DON’T THINK SO? SAD NIGHT FOR NFL & OFFICIALS!

  • Kev_H

    Sanchez is a good QB who had the misfortune of being drafted by the Jets. He’ll be a successful starter in the NFL at some point.

  • Show And Prove

    Where is the article on how bad Demeco Ryans looked?

    I know it’s only 1 preseason game and Demeco is a leader on the team, qb of the defense, etc. but he is such a liability when it comes to covering TE’s. He made Zach Miller look like Jason Witten out there. I would really like to see what they do to combat teams utilizing their TE’s.

  • Joe Thomas

    Sanchez will be great on the bench this year, guy seems like a great cheerleader

  • Salwc2k

    Mark Sanchez is a legit qb…always has been. It was just unfortunate he played for the nyjets who had no real weapons for him, stressed defense and had a different O coach every year. The messed up shoulder didn’t help either. I’m happy the eagles were able to get a qb of his caliber. He will be starting again somewhere next year.