Mark Sanchez will sign with the Eagles today. I think this is a good thing. Some people are caught up in the “Butt Fumble” and other moments like that and see only a player who failed to live up to the hype with the Jets.
I see a player in his prime with good ability and plenty of experience. Is he flawed? Heck yes. That’s why the Jets let him leave and he’s signing a cheap deal with the Eagles.
Part of the situation with the Eagles is that many of the top QBs out there had no interest in coming here. Those guys, just like Michael Vick, want to go somewhere with a hope of winning the starting job. Josh McCown got a taste of starting last year. Did you really think he’d come to a team with a young QB in place?
The Eagles had to find someone who can start, but also understands his role coming in here. Sanchez would love to come in and play lights out. He’d love to force Chip Kelly to make some crazy decision and give him the starting job. But for now, Sanchez just wants a job and the chance to get back on track.
His primary focus will be battling Matt Barkley for the backup job. Hopefully that will bring out the best in both players, but we’ll settle for just one. The Eagles need someone to emerge as the top backup. Barkley is a player the coaches love and have high hopes for. Sanchez is a player they like and think fits the system well. He also brings experience to the table, something both Foles and Barkley are lacking in.
Sanchez didn’t get good coaching in NY. Rex Ryan failed to hire top offensive coaches and the team hasn’t done a good job of developing offensive players. Sanchez will get good coaching in Philly. It is up to him to show what he can do with that.
Sanchez was part of the problem with the Jets. He is a fun-loving guy that enjoys joking around. QBs can’t do a lot of that. They have to be more business-like since they are the face of the team and the coach on the field. Sanchez also seemed to spend a lot of time enjoying himself with a good nightlife. Few guys who do that live up to their potential.
Kelly could be the ideal guy to fix Sanchez. The Eagles require a commitment to football. Sanchez is out of NY and if he’s willing to really buy in, could thrive in the new situation. He’ll be in top shape. He’ll be working in a system that is user-friendly. He’ll have good pieces around him. I also think getting out of the spotlight will help him. Sanchez won’t be The Guy with the Eagles. He will be a side story, not the main attraction.
There are no guarantees of course. Sanchez could struggle to fit in or could have injury issues. He might prove to be a failed experiment, but he comes at a cheap price and still has upside. I think he is a smart signing.
The Eagles are getting the failed QB from the Jets, but the guy who will play this summer should be very different after getting coached up all spring. Hopefully the new and improved Mark Sanchez will prove to be a good backup and good signing.