By Mary Cunningham
How seamless was the transition from Nick Foles to Mark Sanchez in the Eagles’ 31-21 victory over Houston?
The Birds’ All-World left tackle Jason Peters didn’t even realize Sanchez was in there under center.
“I didn’t even know Foles was out,” Jason Peters said after the Eagles’ win over the Texans. “Saw the bomb to Maclin, and I turned to congratulate him and it was Sanchez.”
The fact that some players in the huddle didn’t know there was a quarterback change speaks to the on-field insanity of an NFL game, especially after Peters and the rest of the offensive line watched Foles get body slammed by Whitney Mercilus on the play before.
But it also speaks to Sanchez’s poise. Despite throwing two picks, one of which was not his fault, Sanchez moved the ball relatively well and played with the urgency of a quarterback looking to earn himself another starting opportunity.
Seeing the former first-round pick operate in a system that is quarterback friendly, and one that has plenty of weapons, will be one of the more interesting storylines over the next month. There were still plenty of people around the Jets organization wondering if the team had simply botched his time under center there with coordinator changes and temperamental talent.
Now, Sanchez can make it so he’s never passed over in the huddle again.