Family and friends texted him. Guys on the team joked about it. Otherwise, Mark Sanchez said he hasn’t paid attention. He claimed he hasn’t watched any reports on TV or listened to any trade talk on the radio. He’s one of the few.
When St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford went down with an ACL injury for the second time in a year, the conversation naturally shifted to who might be available to replace him. Not surprisingly, Sanchez’s name came up. It’s become a big enough topic that Pat Shurmur addressed it before practice at the NovaCare Complex on Monday. The offensive coordinator said “a lot of people” should want Sanchez because of the way he’s played so far this preseason, and because he has experience as an NFL starter. The only reason Chip Kelly wasn’t asked about it yet was because the head coach didn’t speak to the media on Monday.
Sanchez didn’t seem so excited about the potential suitors. After practice, he sat at his locker and said he wasn’t thinking about it and didn’t want to talk about hypotheticals. Sanchez seemed frustrated and said “nobody who would make those decisions has said anything” to him about the possibility of getting moved to another team.
“I think they would say something or my agent would say something,” Sanchez said. “If those people aren’t talking to me about it, I seriously doubt it’s happening.”
A few weeks ago, Sanchez said part of his motivation to sign with the Eagles during the offseason was to get something on film to show other teams, then reassess his situation next year when he’ll be a free agent once again. He’s played well enough during the preseason that his timetable for getting noticed has been somewhat accelerated.
Sanchez has a 112.5 quarterback rating to go with two touchdowns and an interception this preseason. He’s also completed 80.6 percent of his passes. While Sanchez insisted that he has “plenty of things to correct footwork-wise, studying, mastering the system,” he didn’t deny that he hopes to be a starting quarterback again one day.
“Everybody wants to play,” Sanchez said. “There’s no doubt. I keep preparing like I’ve got to be ready. I’ve always said, Nick deserves to start. He’s a heck of a player. He had an awesome year last year. One-hundred percent he needs to start the season, and we’re all behind him.”