Looking for Mr. Right

Posted: November 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 53 Comments »

Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford have all played QB for Chip Kelly in the NFL. Based on what we’ve seen so far, Kelly is still looking for his QB.

Sanchez gets his first start of the 2015 season on Sunday. He played okay last week off the bench, except for a critical INT in the end zone. Some people blame Sanchez for throwing short on the final play, but that was due to pressure after Lane Johnson missed a block. Sanchez had to throw the ball to someone and take a chance.

You don’t want to make too much of Sanchez’s performance since he came off the bench (limited practice reps) and hadn’t played since late August. It would be tough not to be rusty given those circumstances.

Sunday will give us a better idea of where Sanchez really is. He might be better than the guy we saw last year. Or he might be exactly the same guy. Regardless, there is value in seeing how he plays and knowing whether he’s strictly a backup or might be worth a longer look. Seeing Sanchez run the offense will also provide some context for judging how Bradford played.

When we talk about the other QBs, they had different circumstances. Foles was throwing to DeSean Jackson and playing behind a healthy OL in 2013. Foles/Sanchez had a banged up OL last year and had some new faces in the receiving corps. This year, you have all kinds of changes, despite what Chip Kelly thinks.

It will be interesting to see how the guys respond to Sanchez, as a leader and QB. He’s more emotional. Maybe that brings out the best in some guys. Maybe it won’t mean a thing. Sanchez also adds mobility to the mix. He can actually keep the ball in the read-option and that will have some effect on defenses.

The point of all this is for Chip Kelly to find the right guy to run his offense. The more information he gets, it should help Chip to make better decisions about the future at QB. As we get closer to the offseason, we’ll start to talk more about next year and what the Eagles can/should do.

For now, Kelly is watching Sanchez and trying to do his best with this team.



Safety Jerome Couplin was placed on IR. Ed Reynolds was added to the roster.

Reynolds did some good things this summer, bu you just question if he has the right combination of athleticism and physicality to make it in the league. We don’t even know right now if he’ll be active for the game.

If Reynolds does play, he will mostly be involved with STs.


Good to hear, but players can be a terrible source of information.

Lewis will be the backup to Sanchez on Sunday. I’m kind of hoping we don’t find out about Lewis. Let’s see a whole game out of Sanchez before we move on to future Hall of Famer Thad Lewis.



53 Comments on “Looking for Mr. Right”

  1. 1 Sean Stott said at 9:46 PM on November 21st, 2015:

    A win tomorrow and we are tied with the Giants who are on their bye.

    Only two other NFC non-division leaders have a positive record. (ATL and GB). Even the wild card is not off the table.

    While a loss tomorrow wouldn’t absolutely crush this season, it’s something that can’t happen. We gotta win tomorrow and get rolling to end out the year.

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 9:53 PM on November 21st, 2015:

    The Eagles have a favorable situation. It is up to them to take advantage of it.

  3. 3 Mitchell said at 10:02 PM on November 21st, 2015:

    I wish the Eagles could have taken advantage last week. We still control our own destiny, I believe.

  4. 4 Media Mike said at 8:02 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    As brutal as it is;
    beat Tampa, beat Detroit
    lost to NE, lose to Arizona
    beat Buffalo, beat Washington, beat Giants

    gets us 9-7 and a division title.

    But I don’t trust them not to choke away more games.

  5. 5 The original AG said at 9:32 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I trust them to frustrate me.

    beat Tampa, beat Detroit
    lose to NE
    beat AZ, beat Buff
    lose to Was

    last game of the year to decide the division.

  6. 6 Media Mike said at 7:37 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Exactly. They were in the same position last year and choked to Dallas and Washington back to back. I’m hoping the team has more desire to do their jobs properly this year.

  7. 7 Iskar36 said at 1:15 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I’ve said this before, but right now, I don’t care about the rest of the NFL East or the NFC in general. The Eagles simply need to play better. Playong poorly but beating a weak opponent doesn’t do anything for me. I don’t care if that gets us tied with the Giants. If we are still playong ooorly, winning the NFC is meaningless. Just play well… the division is something we can worry about if we actually show we are deserving of a playoff spot.

  8. 8 Sean Stott said at 3:06 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I don’t buy into that at all. No team, not even the Patriots and Panthers, have looked great in all of their games. There’s sloppy football everywhere.

  9. 9 Iskar36 said at 7:53 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Sure, but whereas the Patriots and Panthers have had a sloppy game, we have had a sloppy season. We have what, maybe one game we can look back on so far this year where we can say we looked good? The evidence so far is that this is a bad football team. I need evidence that is not true before I care about the playoffs. If we stay looking like a bad football team, I would rather not make the playoffs and get the better draft position. I don’t think you gain anything getting into the playoffs as a weak team who got in because the division is equally weak

  10. 10 Media Mike said at 7:57 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I actually like both of points being made in this discussion. I share your disgust at this team’s refusal to focus on executing properly for 60 minutes each week while also knowing that every team has their ups and downs.

    If I could simply get a stop from the D at the end of the Washington game, avoidance of throwing the game away in Carolina via mistakes, and/or a TD from Sanchez/Austin at the end of the Miami game, I’d be much more like Sean and less like how you’re feeling.

    Hell, I’d be happier if we’d just have won that Carolina game.

  11. 11 Media Mike said at 8:10 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    The Giants should go 0-6 down the stretch. They play
    at Washington
    vs Jets
    at Dolphins
    vs Panthers
    at Vikings
    vs. Eagles

    Seeing those turds lose out and their fan base in mass-misery would be great.

    And I expect Washington to
    L – at Carolina (4-6)
    W – vs Giants (5-6)
    W – vs Cowboys (6-6)
    W- @ Bears (7-6)
    L – vs. Buffalo (7-7)
    L – @ Eagles (7-8)
    W – @ Dallas (8-8)

  12. 12 SnatchMaster said at 8:24 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I guarantee your predictions are incorrect. Thanks for wasting everything’s time.

  13. 13 The original AG said at 9:30 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I think the word you’re looking for is everyone, not everything. Looks like that 750 Math SAT doesn’t help your comprehension of the English language.

  14. 14 SteveH said at 10:46 PM on November 21st, 2015:

    We *should* win tomorrow. Of course I said that last week and look what happened, so maybe I should keep my stupid mouth shut.

  15. 15 Media Mike said at 7:37 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Your mouth isn’t what caused the team to play lazy, unfocused, and gutless football that led to a choke in a game that should have been won.

  16. 16 A_T_G said at 8:24 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Let’s not eliminate possibilities too hastily. Steve, what was your mouth doing when the drive stalled, leading to the missed field goal, and the downward spiral? Answer carefully.

  17. 17 SnatchMaster said at 11:18 PM on November 21st, 2015:

    How much more of Sanchez do you need to see to realize he is simply a butt fumbler

  18. 18 Mitchell said at 11:29 PM on November 21st, 2015:

    We already know what he is, you silly little joke.

  19. 19 A_T_G said at 8:18 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    You replied the other day in a dying thread to correct me that we do, in fact, have the power to influence the decisions the team makes. I would be interested to hear an explanation of that view.

  20. 20 SnatchMaster said at 8:22 AM on November 22nd, 2015:


  21. 21 A_T_G said at 8:29 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Okay. Good talk.

    Your false premise that you can somehow influence the team decisions is the source of your rage when fans hold opinions different than your own.

  22. 22 The original AG said at 9:28 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    You are talking to a guy who not only thinks he’s god’s gift to the world, and he also compares himself to Tom Brady.

    If I were the equivalent of the troll, I would tell you how awesome my skills are at something no one cares about, then compare myself to Jeremy Maclin.

  23. 23 Tumtum said at 11:43 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    If fans had ability to effect deisions we would have Urlacher, Manning, Dawkins, and Ronnie Lott… right now.

    I am a horrible GM.

  24. 24 daveH said at 11:51 PM on November 21st, 2015:

    “As we get closer to the offseason” .. yep unfortunately at least a week before one of the other teams in the nfc east… man I hope NOT

  25. 25 unhinged said at 3:41 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    “He might be better than the guy we saw last year. Or he might be exactly the same guy. Regardless, there is value in seeing how he plays and knowing whether he’s strictly a backup or might be worth a longer look.”

    If I didn’t know better, I’d take that for saintly patience, and if I didn’t know you were referencing Mark Sanchez, I might have assumed it was Jeff George. A head case with a cannon and a college middler with an alarmingly low ceiling. No wonder the NFL is always suffering from a dearth of great QB’s. Temperament, ability and circumstance are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

  26. 26 ChoTime said at 10:13 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Yeah… I’m not a Sanchez fan, but Bradford is not an impressive quarterback either, outside of practice.

  27. 27 unhinged said at 3:21 PM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I’m inclined to agree, but QB’s worse than Sanchez and Bradford have won SB’s, so I’m not clear on what the weak link in the chain is. But the damn chain isn’t holding.

  28. 28 Allen3000 said at 8:07 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    The following is the current Wikipedia entry for Thaddeus Lewis. QB controversy on the horizon? Hmmmm….

    In all seriousness, I have been a fan of Lewis since his days at Duke. He’s always managed to play well despite being surrounded with limited talent.

    “Thaddeus Cowan “Thad” Lewis (born November 19, 1987) is an American football quarterback for thePhiladelphia Eagles of theNational Football League(NFL). He was signed by the St. Louis Rams as anundrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Duke.

    Lewis has also played for the Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, and Cleveland Browns. Thaddeus should be starting with h Sam Bradford injured instead of Mark “Butt Fumble” Sanchez, but we will see how it plays out.”

  29. 29 Media Mike said at 8:12 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    If that blocking doesn’t improve; Sanchez ain’t going to make it until Bradford is back.

  30. 30 TypicalDouche said at 9:44 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    NFL.com reporting that of Sanchez plays well the next 2 weeks he’s the starter for tbe immediate future and Bradfords status in Philly is “murky” at best. I don’t much stake in what NFL.com says but I thought that was interesting. Yo Geags you must not like that.

  31. 31 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:46 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I saw the report and laughed…

  32. 32 anon said at 11:32 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    i’m pulling for sanchize. Part of me thinks bradford would be nice next year — part of me doesn’t see the fire. He’s not going to make a ton of plays and the team is boring when he’s in, but maybe he just need more time in the system. Hate having to waste so many draft resources on QBs.

  33. 33 Neil said at 12:51 PM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I agree that it’s interesting, if by interesting you mean totally made up by the writer. This is what they do to prey on the way fans are feeling and generate pageviews.

  34. 34 ConcussedFB said at 9:56 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    How would future hall of fame candidate, Joe Webb, do in this offense?

  35. 35 HawaiianEagle said at 9:57 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Embrace Kaepernick…

  36. 36 Tumtum said at 10:07 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I think we all know all we need to about Sanchize. He is going to lead us to the Superbowl…

    No really though, he is a good back up nothing more.

  37. 37 ChoTime said at 10:18 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    OT: Whoah, Kawhi Leonard with a higher FG% and 3pt FG% than Curry. Not bad for a guy who couldn’t shoot coming out of college!

  38. 38 anon said at 11:30 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    you know he’s gotta be a beast if the spurs are giving him max money.

  39. 39 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:45 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Lol I’m starting to love elliot Parker… Poor simple bastard,

  40. 40 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:47 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    NFL is a joke… Bucs rookie Kwon Alexander is getting a 4 game PED suspension, but they will let him play against the eagles because his suspension DOESNT go in effect Til tomorrow… Are you kidding me? Why should we have to play against a KNOWN PED offender who Probably still has that junk in his system? You know the guy is dirty and you allow him to play?
    I hope Jeffrie lUrie has his security ban Kwon from entering the stadium,

  41. 41 Will:↑↑↓↓←→←→BA said at 10:56 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    LOL…. As long as he wears the right colored cleats

  42. 42 Gian GEAGLE said at 10:59 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Not For Long….. Not From Logic…. NFL

  43. 43 TypicalDouche said at 11:01 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    In this day and age to actually have a letter be the ultimate decision on a suspension is stupid. NFL hierarchy needs get just off their ass and pick up the phone and tell the Bucs he’s suspended and that’s that.

  44. 44 Gian GEAGLE said at 11:03 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Right!,they could friggin Tweet the suspension and the entire world would see it and it would practically be public record…

  45. 45 Gian GEAGLE said at 11:04 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I want to know what would happen if LUrie had stadium security deny Kwon entrence to the Linc and force him to sit in the bus all game 😉

  46. 46 Gian GEAGLE said at 11:11 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    I can’t remember the last time we were 1 game away from First place with almost half a season left, and I was this not excited two hours away from an Eagle game
    I can endure a loss and maintain perspective, but I can’t get excited about once again needing to win just to get back to .500….. Until they win two games in a row and put mediocre 500 football behind them, I just can’t get excited for a game… It feels like Groundhogs day, to once again need a win just to get back to mediocrity..
    Normally I would be Thrilled to have an eagle game on Thanksgiving, but this year I have to be worried about us getting embarressed with all of the nation watching by a garbage Lions team… I’m at the point I would rather not play on thanksgiving than to risk my dinner being ruined

  47. 47 HawaiianEagle said at 11:22 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    DVR the game and eat early…

  48. 48 Tumtum said at 11:40 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    2 games in a row… who does that? Certainly not this team.

  49. 49 A_T_G said at 12:19 PM on November 22nd, 2015:

    We don’t do anything two games in a row!

  50. 50 anon said at 11:29 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    damn, no vjax is playing too — wonder if i should start him in fantasy.

  51. 51 anon said at 11:38 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    Inactives announced, Peters playing.

  52. 52 anon said at 11:39 AM on November 22nd, 2015:

    “Three teams inquired about Kaepernick at the trade deadline but couldn’t take on his contract.” Rappaport

  53. 53 anon said at 12:03 PM on November 22nd, 2015:

    anyone have an idea why bair always in active? he always seems disruptive with the pbus when playing.