Mark Sanchez, former Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback has decided to call it a career after eight seasons officially.
There have been some dark times for the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite winning the Super Bowl in 2017, the Eagles haven’t been the greatest franchise as of late. They were turning a new page after firing Andy Reid in 2012 and hiring Chip Kelly in 2013. At the time everybody expected things to be much different, in a positive way. Obviously, we all know the Kelly era didn’t work out, and we can put a lot of that blame on the quarterback situation at the time.
When Chip came into the picture, the Eagles were rolling with Mike Vick. Unfortunately, that was the point of Vick’s career where his body wasn’t holding up too well. So a young third-round draft pick named Nick Foles had to come in and relieve Vick. To our surprise, Foles would have an outstanding season in 2013 and earned the right to be viewed as the next potential franchise quarterback for the Eagles beyond that season.
As we know, though, Foles’ body wouldn’t hold up too well either. Halfway through the 2014 season, Foles went down with a broken clavicle, effectively ending his season. From that day moving forward, former first-round pick Mark Sanchez would be named the starting quarterback for the rest of the Eagles’ season. At times, he was good. Other times, he was pretty bad.
Sanchez would go 4-4 for the Eagles that season, missing the playoffs after going on a three-game losing streak before the final week of the year.
Sanchez was shaky, throwing 14 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Ironically enough though, his final stat lines for passing yards, passing touchdowns, and passer rating turned out to be better than Foles’ that year. Who would’ve thought, right?
Anyway, Sanchez earned himself another year on the Eagles in 2015. That time, he backed up the newly acquired Sam Bradford. Sanchez wouldn’t start half the season, but he did have to fill in for two games. Once again, Sanchez didn’t look so hot for the Eagles and managed to throw four touchdowns to four interceptions, going 0-2 during his mini stretch.
After that, Sanchez’s days backing up on the Eagles was over. Now, his days as an NFL quarterback overall are finished as well. As of Tuesday morning, Mark Sanchez has announced his retirement from the NFL. Now, he will join the team over at ESPN and will analyze college football.