I may as well get the topic of the week out of the way early. We should hear today the results of Foles' latest X-Rays and whether he is able to return to full practices. Even if the result is positive, I don't expect Chip Kelly to announce Foles as the starter today. He'll likely wait it out and see how Foles looks in practice, but more importantly, why not make the Redskins gameplan for both QBs in a short week?
Let's face it. QBing in the NFL is not easy. Good QBs are hard to find, and more often than not, when you are forced to go to your back-up QB you can't expect them to dominate. The Mark Sanchez era in Philly got off to a nice start as Sanchez moved the ball and looked comfortable in the fast-paced offense. But as more teams got film on the new back-up, they slowly started to take away his comfort reads and he would have to evolve into a better QB over time. A few weeks back the discussion was whether Sanchez's career has been rejuvenated, or whether his success was coming from the system he was playing in. After his 6th start, it appears the jury is out. Mark Sanchez is what he is and always was. A flawed QB who doesn't make smart decisions and struggles with accuracy and consistency. That was on full display last night against the Cowboys:
Chip Kelly's spread offense is designed to spread the field and provide open receivers for the QB to hit. When a QB is hot, they can look really good in this offense. Take for example game #1 against the Cowboys. Sanchez was consistnent and hit his throws. However, the drawback for such a system is that when you don't play well, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Check out the lowlights from a miserable night in Philadelphia.
Here Sanchez has a clean pocket, he can step up and has a wide open Josh Huff downfield:
But the ball sails. Certainly, Huff could have caught this ball, he got two hands on it, but that ball needs to hit him in the numbers:
The next play he has Brent Celek wide open down the seam with a huge window and a clean pocket to throw from:
The throw is again high and Celek has to make an excellent catch to bring it in:
Again, a really nice pocket to step into, and again wide open window in the middle of the field for Ertz:
Absolutely brutal throw. No chance for Ertz:
Another nice pocket:
Another terrible throw:
Sanchez also struggled seeing the field last night, as evidenced by the brutal interception on his last throw of the night:
Finally, here is on our very common snag concept. We run this concept about 10 times a game. He should know the reads in his sleep. The first read is the post corner route that Maclin is going to run. Based on how the defenders adjust he can progress down to the snag route being run by Josh Huff:
Two defenders go with Maclin on the deep route:
Josh Huff is wide open:
Instead, Sanchez goes to Maclin and sails one over his head. In fairness to Sanchez, it looks like Maclin flattened his route out and didn't run the post corner. It's difficult to say because we run a variety of different routes in this concept. Doesn't change the fact that Sanchez made the wrong read.