The Rams might be looking for a new starting quarterback, but acquiring Mark Sanchez won’t be easy.
Since the news about Sam Bradford‘s season-ending injury came out, it was a matter of time until Mark Sanchez would be linked to the St. Louis Rams. Sanchez has been one of the hottest names this preseason, having performed very well in all three games as the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup quarterback.
In three preseason games, Sanchez has completed a total of 25 passes out of 31 attempts for a total of 281 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Nick Foles, the Eagles’ starter, has thrown two touchdowns and three picks in those games. This is not to say how bad Foles has been, but how good Sanchez has looked while playing with a new team and after not playing a single snap last season.
With Bradford sidelined for the next six months with an ACL tear, the Rams could be in the market for a new quarterback and Sanchez could be one of the candidates. However, it’s hard to think of a scenario where the Rams give enough to the Eagles, so the latter consider moving a quarterback who has shone in their offense.
The Birds signed Mark Sanchez in free agency and it would be great if they could get something from a backup they got “for free”, but what would the Rams offer for a player they intend to use as the replacement of their franchise quarterback? The only way this could happen was if the Rams saw in Sanchez a future starter, which is unlikely, because if they did, they would have tried (or tried harder) to sign him during free agency.
What the Rams did in free agency was sign Shaun Hill, a 34-year old signal caller who has been a backup during his whole professional career. Now, Hill finds himself at the same spot he was in 2010, when he had to start for the Detroit Lions, after Matt Stafford went down in the season-opening game against the Chicago Bears. Hill ended up playing 11 games and performed fairly well, throwing 16 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions and posting a QB rating of 81.3.
With all that in mind, the Rams making a move for Mark Sanchez doesn’t look probable. And the Eagles know that a good backup is very valuable. It should be noted that Nick Foles has not played a whole season yet and that in both his seasons in the NFL he has been injured at some point.