With many teams looking as though they need a viable option at starting quarterback, rumors have started that Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez is on the trading block. But let’s get one thing straight, the Eagles won’t trade Mark Sanchez.
Backup quarterback is one of the most unheralded positions on any roster. The attention is on the starters, who are generally some of the biggest names on any given team. But what happens when the starter goes down?
Last year, we saw that situation with the Green Bay Packers. Elite quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury, causing the Packers to see four starters in one year. Four starters was what they had seen for the previous 20 years. After experimenting with their two backups on the roster, the Packers had to pick up previous backup quarterback Matt Flynn to step in.
We also saw that happen with our Eagles last year. Both starters, now Jets quarterback Michael Vick and Eagles Pro Bowl quarterback Nick Foles went down with injuries throughout the first half of the season. Foles, who started the year as the backup, ended up as starter.
Chip Kelly needs guys who know his offense and can run it efficiently in a situation when the starters go down. Sanchez has spent the offseason learning the offense and can definitely run it efficiently. Last week against the Steelers, Sanchez took the second string offense on an 80-yard drive against the Steelers’ first string defense.
That’s exactly what we need the backup to be able to do. Keep in mind that during the regular season, he would have a better offensive line and better receiving options.
Right now, Sanchez is the best option at backup. Second year quarterback Matt Barkley has looked decent this offseason, but he’s been nowhere near as good as Sanchez. Plus in the regular season last year, Barkley committed five turnovers and threw zero touchdowns. Though he has improved, he’s still not a guy I’d be comfortable with if Foles went down.
After Rams quarterback Sam Bradford went down with yet another injury, the rumors of a Sanchez trade began. However, I don’t think the Rams would offer up anything truly worthy of a starting-caliber quarterback. So despite Eagles head coach Chip Kelly saying he would entertain offers for any player, it just won’t happen.
So back off Rams fans! Sanchez is ours! Unless you’re willing to give star pass-rusher Robert Quinn, stop talking about Sanchez.
In the words of Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, “A lot of people should want [Mark Sanchez], but we have him.”
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