Michael Bennett: Mark Sanchez ‘trying to impersonate a good quarterback’
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett didn’t pull any punches when giving his assessment of Mark Sanchez’s quarterback play following his team’s 24-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
“Tell the Philadelphia police to put an APB out,” Bennett said, via NJ.com. “Sanchez is trying to impersonate a good quarterback.”
Sanchez was mostly ineffective throughout the game in arguably the worst start in an Eagles uniform, going 10-for-20 passing for 96 yards and one interception, although he did throw two touchdown passes. Chip Kelly’s quick-strike offense managed only 139 total yards in a dominant effort by Seattle’s suddenly surging defense.
“I think he missed a couple of throws,” Kelly said after the game. “And he’ll be the first to tell you that.”
Sanchez took full responsibility for the ineptitude of the Eagles’ sputtering offense.
“That’s a really good football team that we played and they showed it,” Sanchez said. “They brought a great game plan. They played really well in their zones and really well in their man (coverage). They took away a lot of opportunities and then when opportunities presented themselves, I missed a couple of balls downfield and they made us pay.”
Sanchez also was coyly criticized by teammate Riley Cooper after the game as well. The wide receiver appeared to take a shot at his quarterback regarding a fourth quarter interception. When asked what occurred on the turnover in question, Cooper seemingly shrugged off any responsibility for the negative outcome of the play.
“Was it a miscommunication?” Cooper said, per an NJ.com report. “No. (Sanchez) knew the the route. I knew the route. I ran the route. He threw the ball.”
Teams have been struggling against Seattle’s top-ranked defense of late, so by no means is it an utter shock that Sanchez and the Eagles’ vaunted offense had some trouble moving the ball Sunday. But with a showdown with the 9-4 Dallas Cowboys — who are tied with the Eagles for first place in the NFC East — looming on the horizon in a Sunday night match-up next week, Philadelphia needs to get its offense back on track quickly.
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