Philadelphia Eagles Mark Sanchez has had a great summer. He's looked good in training camp practices. Through two preseason games he's completed 81.8% of his passes (18 for 22, with two drops and one hail mary attempt) for 2 touchdowns and only 1 interception. He has a passer rating of 115.2.
So now apparently at least one person is wondering if the Eagles should trade him. OK.
A reporter asked Eagles head coach Chip Kelly the following question on Sunday.
Q: QB Mark Sanchez has played so well in preseason and teams are looking for veteran quarterbacks. How do you rank the decision to trade him or keep him on the roster for the season?
And here is how Kelly responded:
Good question because Mark has played well, but we haven't had anybody call and ask us anything, so that's not something we're talking about. We're spending time with things that could happen, should happen, I don't know. But we're really happy about him. I feel very, very confident in our quarterback situation, probably better than a lot of teams in this league going into it because I think we have two guys right now that have actually played in games. That's, I think, Mark has 68 games under his resume and is playing at a really high level right now. Obviously, Nick coming off an outstanding season last year, so we feel really confident. But I'm also a big guy that you better have two quarterbacks in this league. So unless something blows you out of the water, we're really confident with Mark coming and starting the game for the Eagles.
A follow up question was asked.
Q: When somebody calls you and says we're interested in Mark, what happens then?
What are you giving me? I mean, we'll listen to anything for anybody. We're not going to bury our head in the sand and say no. But it better be a pretty good deal in terms of what it is. But that's not any of our thought process. We need him. In terms of how he's playing right now, how he can function in what we're doing, and I've always said you need to have two quarterbacks.
You really don't me to tell you this, but here it is anyway: the Eagles are not going to trade Mark Sanchez. They have little to no reason to get rid of him. If any team wanted Sanchez so badly they would have signed him earlier this offseason when he was a free agent.
So why was the question asked or entertained? I have no idea because there's pretty much no substance to it but, hey, free pageviews. (People love to read about trade rumors, FYI.)
I leave you with this.
"Hey this guy you signed, he's played pretty well, let me ask you about getting rid of him."— Dave Mangels (@Southern_Philly) August 17, 2014