New York Jets: Chip Kelly

Pete Carroll says Sanchez needs fresh start

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Mark Sanchez needed to get away from New York. At the same time, he didn't want to leave.

So says Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who coached Sanchez at USC.

"It's time for Mark to get going again and get off to a new start," Carroll said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings.

Sanchez is expected to re-boot his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, as ESPN Senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen has reported. That move likely will occur in the coming days, as long as Sanchez's surgically repaired throwing shoulder checks out medically.

Carroll said it's a bittersweet time for Sanchez, who badly wanted to continue his career with the New York Jets, who released him last week after five seasons.

"It's difficult because he really wanted that to happen [in New York] and he did everything he could to help the team as much as possible," Carroll said. "So there's frustration for Mark, I would think -- I know. But I think he's ready for the next challenge."

Sanchez has regressed since 2010, but he's still a starting-caliber quarterback, according to his old coach.

"I can't imagine him not being a starter," Carroll said.

That won't happen with the Eagles, who have anointed Nick Foles as their starter. But Chip Kelly told reporters that he's always looking to bolster his depth chart. He also has the unproven Matt Barkley, another USC alum.

"There are a lot of positive qualities about [Sanchez]," Kelly said.

Chip Kelly on Vick: 'Tremendous arm skill'

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Michael Vick generated plenty of buzz Wednesday at the NFL owners' meetings -- positive buzz.

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, addressing reporters at the NFC coaches' breakfast, said the 33-year-old quarterback still has the physical skills to be a winning quarterback. Later, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell commended Vick for changing his life in the aftermath of the dog-fighting scandal.

Vick signed a one-year contract last week with the New York Jets, who say he will compete with Geno Smith for the starting job.

"I still think he’s got a lot of football left in him,” said Kelly, who coached Vick last season. “He’s got tremendous arm skill. I don’t know too many guys in the league that have the arm that Mike does. There’s still days in practice in December when he rips a couple and you’re just like, ‘Whoa.’ He can throw the football. He still has the ability.”

Vick was Kelly's choice last season as the Eagles' Week 1 starter, but he got hurt and eventually lost his job to Nick Foles, who played brilliantly. That's the biggest question about Vick, his ability to stay healthy. He takes chances outside the pocket, trying to utilize his once-remarkable speed.

“He’s probably not as fast as when he first came into the league,” Kelly said. “But when he first came into the league, he was the fastest guy to ever play the position. A slower version of Michael is a lot faster than maybe every other quarterback in the league, with the exception of one or two."

Before signing Vick, who spent nearly two years in a federal prison for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson consulted with Goodell. The commissioner has developed a rapport over the years with Vick, whom he reinstated in 2009.

"I think Michael is a young man who made a tragic mistake," Goodell told a news conference at the conclusions of the meetings. "He paid a very heavy price for it, but I’ve seen him in everything he’s done exceed expectations. He has worked very hard to be a positive force in a lot of different areas, and that’s something I admire about him.

"When we went through the process of reviewing [his return to the NFL], whether he had demonstrated he would do things the right way and be a positive force, he has. I’m proud of the work that he’s done.”