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Pete Carroll says Sanchez needs fresh start

3/26/2014

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.