Sanchez: I Don’t Know Where This Stuff Comes From

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Mark Sanchez sat at his locker after practice Monday afternoon and addressed rumors that the Rams could be interested in acquiring his services.

“I’m not gonna deal with hypotheticals,” he said. “I’m an Eagle. I love being an Eagle. That’s really all I’m gonna say about it.




"People can’t wait [for the season to start] so they start circulating all these trade rumors and all that stuff. That’s just the way it goes. Like I said, I’ve seen just about everything. ...I don’t know where all this stuff comes from."

Told that the questions have surfaced because of Sam Bradford's injury and because of the way Sanchez has performed in the preseason, he said, "There’s a ton of quarterbacks. Talk about somebody else."

Asked about his relationship with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Sanchez said: "Oh yeah, we’re fine. I haven’t talked to Schottey in awhile, but just a text every once in awhile the last three, four years. Just to say good luck and see how he’s doing."

Pat Shurmur, meanwhile, offered his take earlier.

"Those are just issues of the day, fun things for you guys to think about. Mark was in the meeting today," he said with a smile.

"Sure, I think everybody should be interested in Mark. I think he's done a good job and played well for us and he's won a lot of football games in the league.  I've said it before, but he was sitting in the locker room at halftime of two AFC Championship Games, ahead. So we are very glad we have him.  I think he's added a lot to this team as a football player and as a professional, and you know, we're ‑‑ sure, a lot of people should want him.  But we have him, so that's the reality."

Asked last week if he would be open to dealing Sanchez, Chip Kelly responded, "What are you giving me?" The head coach has stated on a number of occasions how important it is to have two quality quarterback options on your roster. Given that Matt Barkley hasn't distinguished himself as a reliable option yet, chances are it would take a whole lot for the Eagles to decide to part ways with their No. 2.

"Oh, I think [having a good second QB] is hugely important," said Shurmur. "You see time and time and time again where the backup is thrust into a starting role, we're watching it happen in St. Louis now.  Unfortunately,  Sam [Bradford] got hurt for the year, so [Rams QB Shaun] Hill is in and he's got to go.  That's why the development of the quarterbacks is very, very important."

Two kickers released

A couple kickers came onto the market today. The Cardinals cut veteran Jay Feely, opting instead for rookie Chandler Catanzaro. The 38-year-old missed a field goal in Sunday’s preseason game. The Bills parted ways with Dustin Hopkins, who lost his kicker battle with Dan Carpenter. We wrote more extensively on Hopkins and the kicker situation here. 

Sheil Kapadia contributed to this article.

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  • Bukester

    Bring Hopkins in.

    • peteike

      wondering now if they jumped the gun trading for the Indy kicker. I imagine you have to see a guy for a bit before giving him the nod. I suppose some of the vets available can step right in.

      • Cmeane66

        Fluellen or whoever they gave up was going to get cut anyways.

        • Jernst

          He actually literally did get cut and then was traded right before the paperwork cleared for someone that was also going to be cut. So no loss in trading and no element of jumping the gun.

          • peteike

            I meant jump the gun as in bringing him regardless of trade. Not like they are gonna have 5 kickers in camp practicing. So taking him instead of waiting a week for some other names to drop off rosters

          • Jernst

            Yea I hear ya! Still, at worse I think it’s just hedging our bets in case no one else you want comes free. If someone clearly better or more desirable comes available we can sign that person and release the other guy with no real cost sunk in to the project.

        • dnabrice

          I thought Fluellen was doing better than Josey in Training Camp, so it will be interesting to see if Josey has a shot at making the team. With Barner coming in, I think it’s more likely he ends up on PS.

      • anon

        You need as much time w/ a guy as possible to evaluate yourself.

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

      as requested

  • TNA

    Maybe this is why they cleared roster space on Sunday, so they can bring in a bunch of kickers that clear waivers today and see them go through drills until Tuesday COB. If you were a cut kicker, you must be licking your chops for a chance to latch onto a playoff bound team with a high-powered offense. And if Denver doesn’t sign you, you can always check in at Philly ;)

    • Andy

      Hey!

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

    racking my brain trying to think of a scenario that helps both teams. Ruben Frank had a great tweet on this that made it to MMQB:

    “You can’t just give Sanchez away. 17 of last 23 years, the Eagles’ #2 QB has started at least 2 games. Crucial position.”

    So based on salary cap space (St Louis has none, Cliff correct me if I’m wrong), and the St Louis GM’s penchant for hording draft picks, the Idea that we’re trading Sanchez for a 1st or 2nd round pick (currently trending on philly.com) is ludicrous. Here’s what I think could happen: Mark Barkley lights up the Jets on Thursday, we send him to St Louis, along with a 5th for a 3rd.

    • Rockedupeaglesfan

      I love having Cliff here as our resident cap guy. I think the only trade that makes sense from a Rams perspective, is one that brings them back Sanchez, because of his familiarity with Shottenheimer’s offense. Same reason, why i wouldn’t see the Panthers as being interested in Sanchez. Almost no time to learn a new system. I don’t really see the eagles giving Sanchez up, so I think this is just nothing to see here. BTW, I’d move Barkley in a heartbeat in your scenario.

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

        Shottenheimer + Sanchez = neither one keeps job

        • Rockedupeaglesfan

          Both prob feel like they served as Rex’s scapegoat, so I wouldn’t be totally shocked if they wanted to team up and show it wasn’t their fault that things went wrong. That said, based off hard knocks a few years ago I don’t think they like each other very much

      • MagatBrackendale

        It has been noted more than once that Sanchez will not, under any circumstances, go anywhere near Schottenheimer again!

      • dnabrice

        Barkley for a 3rd just gives the Eagles someone else to spend another couple of years bringing up to speed.

        • Rockedupeaglesfan

          How long does it take to bring a guy up to speed to be your 3rd QB? What’s Barkley’s ceiling, reliable #2? Plus, I bet he still thinks he can start, so he’s going to leave as soon as his rookie deal is up for a chance to compete for some bad teams #1 spot. I say get whatever you can for the guy.

    • Kev_H

      I’m not sure why the Rams would trade for anybody. Hill’s fine and they should be able to get someone for depth without giving anything up.

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

        depends on whether or not you think Hill is fine. I don’t. 34 year old journeyman with zero upside and even less long term potential. Fine if you need a spot start, but for a whole season? Bleh.

        Rams finally have some things to get excited about on offense. If I were a Rams fan, I’d want my team to make a move.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          McCown was 34 last year and people argued he should have remained thed starter over Cutler.

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

            he’s not old, like, for the Earth. He just doesn’t give you anything to hold on to down the road. Not necessarily because he’s 34, mostly because he’s Shawn Hill.

          • Kev_H

            So what has Shaun Hill done on an NFL field that makes you say that?

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            While it’s the highest of unlikelihoods, he could potentially give them 3-4yrs.

        • peteike

          if I were a rams fan Id have wanted them to give up on Bradford 2 yrs ago

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

            All those picks they got from the Redskins in 2012…bet they wish they had stayed at #2 and drafted Nick Foles.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Or Wilson. Or Tannehill, even.

        • Kev_H

          You might be wearing Philly Mag glasses. The only thing Hill lacks is pedigree. He has always played well- won half of his starts, solid TD-Int ratio, good passer rating, nice arm, athletic, and not a lot of wear and tear.

          Do you think the Rams overlooked QB with Bradford coming off an injury?

          Do you think there are guys available who can step in at the end of August and be a significant upgrade that warrants giving up picks?

          I don’t. It’s just idle column fodder. The Rams might be better off in 2014 with Hill.

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

            what are you? the world’s only Shaun Hill fan? He’s a career .500 guy. Go ahead and google “nothing special” and “QB” – Hill’s pic pops up.

            This isn’t a Philly generated story. As soon as he went down, the first name the St Louis media went to was Sanchez. Before Vick, before Mallett. And consider that this is the fan base that witnessed the greatest “unknown journeyman steps in and leads team to SB” storyline in NFL history.

          • Kev_H

            No. Hill is an adequate back up. As is Sanchez, Vick, and Mallett. The Rams chose to go with Hill as a back up to a QB coming off of a serious injury rather than pursue Vick or Sanchez, who were both free agents, which is understandable. Vick is 12-17 over the last 3 years and fragile. Sanchez is 14-17 the last 3 years and coming off of an injury himself. Neither Vick nor Sanchez can compete with Hill in completion percentage or TD/INT ratio. It isn’t even close. Why would the Rams suddenly change their minds and swap back up QBs just because they have to use their back up QB, which isn’t a massive surprise??

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

            agree. a back up. good for one or two games. Bradford is done forever. Sanchez and Barkley give you something Hill doesn’t, hope.

            I really don’t get the Hill love from you. He’s a below average QB.

          • aub32

            I think he lacks talent as well as pedigree.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            Oh yeah, talent. I always forget about that one.

        • Rockedupeaglesfan

          Hill stinks. I’d play him all the way to a top five pick and hopefully a new franchise quarterback in next years draft.

          • Kev_H

            In a September 19, 2010 battle of the backups, the Eagles, behind Mike Vick, won a 35-32 shootout over the Lions, led by Shaun Hill. Analysts note that the Lions dropped 4 potential interceptions that day.

            Funny what a prison term and a field goal can do for one’s hype. Eagle fans anointed Vick the next Sammy Baugh that day while simultaneously forgetting that Hill even played.

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

            Shaun Hill should have gone to prison? I thought being a crummy QB was just a misdemeanor

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            I was never the biggest Vick supporter, but I would take his career over hills any day. Did you go to college with Hill or something? Why all the love?

          • Kev_H

            I don’t love Hill. But he has always played well enough for solid back up whenever he’s played. He’s an undrafted guy, so he hasn’t had the opportunities, but the Rams didn’t just wake up and find themselves stuck with Hill. Sanchez and Vick were available this offseason too, and they signed Hill to back up a QB coming off of a serious injury. He’s always had more than 60% completions and a good TD/INT ratio. Neither Vick nor Sanchez can say those things.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            Dude, the guy is 34 years old with 26 career starts. He avg 6.7 yds per att. I think we know who Shaun Hill is. He’s the textbook definition of journeyman backup. Sanchez wouldn’t go there because he doesn’t want to work with Shotty, plus Chip’s offense is light years ahead. Vick wanted a chance to start and Bradford was the unquestioned starter until he got hurt. You can have your opinion, but you aren’t close to changing mine.

          • Amar, CB who bought in

            Did you see that game ? Vick was the backup for 2010. Could not beat Kolb out of training camp and then lit up the Lions in the offense designed for Kolb.
            I am no Vick supporter, but I know a good game when I see one.
            For the dropped INTs, thats just Football bro. If they dropped it, they didn’t deserve to win anyway.

          • Kev_H

            And another fan forgets that Shaun Hill played that day. Two QBs had great games in a 35-32 shootout, but all you here is Vick, Vick, Vick- my point is further supported.

          • Andy Six Score and Four

            Very reasonable. I’ve suggested the same thing myself.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            Thanks. I hate my user name BTW. If this name disappears, and you suddenly notice some new commer around here making incredibly sharp observations, just assume it’s me.

          • DuckHunterSThompson

            I hate my username, too. I wanted to make a comment and couldn’t come up with a name. I had lunch the day I made my name.

          • Rockedupeaglesfan

            Haha. That’s pretty good. I made mine years ago for Profootballtalk (which was a horrible idea) and wanted to be different than the morons on that site. Why was I wasting my time there I’ll never know. I’d change it now except I’m so uncreative it would probably end up worse, like TheArtistformerlyknownasReasonableeaglefan.

          • MagatBrackendale

            How about “ThinkthenSpeak”? Or “BirdBrain”? Oops, sorry, that didn’t come out right. “LogicalRanter”? I’m not being much help, huh.

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      They have just enough cap room to get Sanchez. If it were a possibility, I’d package a 6th and Sanchez for their 2nd.

      • joeblow

        Nick Foles will miss games this year he has a history of it. Chip is right we need two good QBs

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          A real long history of it. Too long even. Like, since he was born kind of history.

    • MagatBrackendale

      Could work.

    • Fly High

      I think we will not trade Sanchez away cheaply, so the other team will have to value him as a starter, and someone who would possibly sign an extension, that is the only way we get what Sanchez is worth to us (a 2nd?)
      I think Barkley could be an easier trade, although there is a catch-22 about the next game, If he plays great, we want to keep him, if he plays lousy, no one wants him. In the case of both Barkley, a trade rides on someone else having a higher evaluation on them than the Eagles do. It seems like somewhat of a long shot, but not impossible. I like Howie’s patience, notice how he waited til he got real value for Bryce Brown? I think he will do the same for the back-up QBs.

      • joeblow

        playing great against twos and threes aint saying much. lets face facts Barkley aint no baller

      • MagatBrackendale

        Chip has had plenty of time to choose Barkley for his primary backup. He has not done so.

        • Kev_H

          Really? Two seasons with cheap, veteran, experienced back ups on the roster. Barkley could be doing great and he’d still be back up. If they bring somebody in next year (year 3), that’s a different story.

    • joeblow

      ludicrous, Here’s what I think could happen:you stop hoggin it and pass the ….

    • Amar, CB who bought in

      Rams will be drafting a QB in 2015. So, actually what they need is a young guy who can compete or a 1 year rental like the one they have now.

    • RIP illa

      Up vote for using Barkley’s real name. However, I doubt he lights anything up on any day

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

        yeah. Probably right. If he can’t get it done against the Jet’s 3rd teamers, should he be the guy?

        • RIP illa

          The guy for what, trading to STL? I really wouldn’t think they or to many people would want him. He’s shown nothing but a craptitude of 10 vs real live action. I don’t think we could get a 5th for him, nor do I think that the Howie would accept that.

          However, if he went against all odds and lit it up…STL would prolly offer a conditional pick (no higher than a 5th) which he would undoubtedly, in my mind, not be able to live up to, so we wouldn’t reap any real benefits.

          I just don’t see STL being/showing that kinda desperation, to resort to trading multiple picks for Barkley. And no, it’s not cuz they have the all great and powerful Shaun Hill! :-)

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

            “He’s shown nothing but a craptitude of 10″ – should be another category on the spider chart

    • anon

      what about that conditional pick we got from buffalo? i’d give that and mb for a protected 3rd. which will be high if mb sees time.

    • Max Lightfoot

      Well, that’s how many people celebrate the Fourth of July – take home a fifth on the third

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

        you win

    • peteike

      ytf would anyone want Mark

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

        not with that attitude they won’t

    • Johnny Domino

      I’d give them Mark and Matt Barkley and a fifth of Rebel Yell for a third.

  • Tautalatasi Jr.

    As Mark Sanchez rinses his hair, he stares at the bottle of Johnson & Johnson shampoo. “No more tears” it reads.

    He sighs. “Maybe one day.”

  • anon

    Watching Seattle’s defense is a thing of beauty. Although I think you can kill them on screens b/c their pass rush is ferocious. I think that game will be interesting

    • dnabrice

      It is so key that the game is in Philly, though I think Philly is the one team that can nullify their home field to a certain extent…

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        The good thing is we have the ability to really limit Marshawn and make Wilson beat us. Maybe Meco can deliver a hit that gives Harvin another one of his migraines.

        • aub32

          Do we? Some of y’all are letting our success over guys like Matt Asiata fool you.

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

            well at least we get to play Shaun Hill this year.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Believe it or not, we do. I know you’ll find a way to discredit it, but the likes of Eddie Lacy, Jamaal Charles, and Matt Forte were held under 100 yards. Lacy and Forte were under 75.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            DeMarco Murray, Alfred Morris…..

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Not sure how I could forget those two!

          • Amar, CB who bought in

            I’d take our 2 gapping DL and LB core over anybody. The only 2 guys who could give them headaches play in the same uniform as them. :)
            Shady and Sproles.

          • anon

            Charles was under 100yds? My memory of that game was Charles killing us. Does that include catching too?

            We are good at run D when playing w/ a lead.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            He was under 100 rushing. Had like 80 receiving because of ol’ Checkdown Smith not knowhing how to throw beyond 7 yards…. You can say we’re good at run D and leave it there. It’s a pretty safe statement.

    • aub32

      I don’t know about that. Their LBs are pretty fast and athletic. I don’t exactly remember Sproles toasting them on screens in either of the two games they played against NO.

      • anon

        yeah i dont know what they ran last year. SEA took out jimmy G and that seemed be it for Nola’s game plan several times last year.

        but watched the bears game and they made good on a couple of screen passes b/c that pass rush was going crazy. Have to say their lbs are very good in coverage.

    • JofreyRice

      You know, as “things of beauty go”, the OL play by the Eagles is pretty damn close. The athletic ability, coordination and cooperation by those 5 guys–yeah, even including Barbre for now–really struck me in the Pittsburgh game. Agree with you about Seattle, just wanted to mention how impressed I was with their ability to take it to the the Steelers D.

      • Amar, CB who bought in

        The Eagles game for Seattle is sandwiched between 2 San Fran games. It is the worst case scenario for them to travel coast to coast and play Philly at home.

      • eaglespur

        The more I think about it, the less I think we saw the real Steelers. They may be less than great, but I doubt they are as bad as they looked against us. Our back-ups opened holes against their first-string that even I could run through. I think it’s a good bet that our guys have heard this argument from our coaches, something like: “you’re good, but you’re not as good as the Steelers made you look..”

        • anon

          I agree with that. I think we can be positive about what we say but Steelers looked extra bad.

    • DoctorRick

      Dec 7 with the ‘hawks and I will be there with the good wife.
      Section 201
      I am stoked.

      • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

        I got tix for Oct 12, Sunday football against the Giants.. Section 131… I love football season!!!!!

  • NickS, Combine Warrior

    In other news, Odell Beckham won’t be playing in yet another preseason game, which completes the 4 game stretch without PS action. Coughlin isn’t happy about it at all.

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

      as much as I liked ODB pre-draft, this is awesome

      • Amar, CB who bought in

        Have you seen the plays made by John Brown for the AZ Cardinals ??
        Taken 4-5 spots after Josh Huff.
        Is Chip’s Oregon love clouding their judgement on other players with more upside?

        • Kev_H

          Big people beat up little people. Brown is a midget.

  • Dustin C.

    Chip could turn a turd into a pro bowl until he gets in shottys offense. Run same plays for 15 yrs. See if they take Barkley!

  • Chuck Dougherty

    Seriously.. I live two hours away from buffalo. Ill go and pick up Hopkins and bring him to philly.. just Gove me the word, Kelly!

  • Kev_H

    Writers have to write and post the first stray thought that comes to mind. Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, and Joe Montana played for Marty Schottenheimer, who is the father of Brian Schottenheimer, who is the OC for the Rams, so maybe a Brees to St. Louis trade is in the works? It’s good click bait.

    • Johnny Domino

      Present company excepted.