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Leonhard “disappointed” in Jets fans for getting on Sanchez

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Mark Sanchez had perhaps the ugliest four touchdown performance of all time last Sunday against the Bills.

That game started poorly and finished well, like so many of Sanchez’s biggest wins. The home crowd didn’t wait, however, to let Sanchez know how they felt about him.  They booed him in pregame introductions.

“I think we have a great crowd,” safety Jim Leonhard told WFAN Tuesday via the New York Daily News. “I think probably for one of the first times I was kind of disappointed. Our starting quarterback gets booed in introductions. As players, you kind of turn to each other and say, ‘You know what? I guess we’re in this one today by ourselves.

“We can’t rely on the crowd to give us that energy because it’s already started off on a bad note.’ So I will say that this past weekend was really the first time that I’ve been kind of frustrated going into a game, which is bad.”

The booing didn’t end in warmups. Sanchez got an earful when things weren’t going well early in the game.  Sanchez doesn’t deny hearing it all.

“Well, of course you hear them,” Sanchez said. “You hear a lot of stuff.”

Sanchez also said the Jets don’t have a chance to make the playoffs if they continue to play as they did against the Bills.

That’s something Sanchez and the Jets fans agree on.

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46 Responses to “Leonhard “disappointed” in Jets fans for getting on Sanchez”
  1. CKL says: Nov 30, 2011 11:15 AM

    It’s cool that the guy is sticking up for his teammate like that but unfortunately, no good comes from players making any sort of negative comments about fans, even if they are 100% right in their comments.

    I absolutely DESPISE booing of one’s own team’s players though. Only way I would do it is some extreme circumstance like they murdered someone and the team hung on to them or something. But to boo over a guy struggling? 100% a fan’s right to do, but lame. I’m not being namby pamby: players certainly have to have skin thick enough to deal with comments/booing and if they whine about it, that’s lame too.

  2. glac1 says: Nov 30, 2011 11:16 AM

    If you can’t stand the heat then get out of the kitchen. These men are paid plenty so they better perform consistently.

  3. realistik84 says: Nov 30, 2011 11:23 AM

    As a JETS fan, I will admit our fan base is one of the things that has a worse reputation and history than Rex and Sanchez.

  4. dblockdedicated says: Nov 30, 2011 11:25 AM

    Well Leonhard if you didn’t have a quarterback that was the sole reason why your team blows, then your fans will be hard on him.

  5. flash1283 says: Nov 30, 2011 11:25 AM

    So they did what any other fan’s would do if the team wasn’t performing well.

  6. broncobeta says: Nov 30, 2011 11:28 AM

    Well Rudy, perhaps you should have tackled Eddie Royal for that safety when you had the chance.

  7. nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 30, 2011 11:28 AM

    Oh and to Sanchez, Derek Jeter has been booed in the Bronx. If Jeter can get booed, it’s open season on you until you win.

  8. blaz0037 says: Nov 30, 2011 11:29 AM

    Typical NY fans. as “fair weather” as they come.

  9. elroyjetsson says: Nov 30, 2011 11:30 AM

    I was at the game and there were a ton of Bills fans, I didnt hear a lot of booing for Mark. I did hear well deserved booing for Smartinheimers play calling however.

  10. 420fan says: Nov 30, 2011 11:33 AM

    Jest=overrated

    No way they make the playoffs

  11. bozosforall says: Nov 30, 2011 11:33 AM

    Way to stick up for your QB, Leonhard.

  12. packerrube13 says: Nov 30, 2011 11:34 AM

    Mark Sanchez is Spanish for Matt Leinart, but can also be loosely translated as John David Booty.

    None of them are NFL quality Qbs.

  13. kelvinmchale says: Nov 30, 2011 11:35 AM

    Hey Sanchez, get used to the booing. Its your third year, you’re as good as you’re ever going to be. And Jets fans expect a whole lot more for a top pick.

  14. tombradysbaby says: Nov 30, 2011 11:36 AM

    Sanchez is not a top 5 NFL QB despite the media fellatio this chump receives. Jets and their fans are waking up to this finally. This is not to say Sanchez can’t be successful, but you need to make adjustments to how you’ll win if your QB isn’t dependable.

  15. rudwo says: Nov 30, 2011 11:37 AM

    Sanchez is awful

  16. cleverbob says: Nov 30, 2011 11:42 AM

    Welcome to the real world, where people are not a bottomless wellspring of sunshine and optimism when experiencing continued poor performance.

  17. projuice7 says: Nov 30, 2011 11:44 AM

    Leonhard should be disappointed that his QB sucks.

  18. benwantsababyruth says: Nov 30, 2011 11:46 AM

    who can blame them for booing Dirty Sanchez? he is the worst starting quarterback in the league.

  19. djteknision1200 says: Nov 30, 2011 11:51 AM

    I don’t know what Leonhard sees, but Sanchez is horrible!! He is the first person that needs to get on Sanchez because its his defense that has been carrying Sanchez for the last 3 years.

  20. hedleykow says: Nov 30, 2011 11:52 AM

    Leonhard is disappointed, but not disappointed enough to reimburse unhappy fans at 300 dollars a crack for wasting their time, money, and gasoline to watch a ragtag bunch of dopes in shoulder pads.

  21. nflsucker says: Nov 30, 2011 12:12 PM

    There are expectations, and rightly so. The Jets traded up to get the guy, and he’s an extremely inaccurate passer. Maybe it’s not his fault that the draft position is not matched by his development, but the fans have a right to let Sanchez know he’s underperforming.

  22. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Nov 30, 2011 12:13 PM

    Always amazing when a professional whines about not being loved by the hometown crowd. This is a direct result of their toe jam sucking head coach shooting off his mouth all the time. He should take the hint and stop promising the fans something his team and QB can’t deliver.

    Probably won’t though as he seems to be as hard headed as his old man was.

  23. checkitd0wn says: Nov 30, 2011 12:16 PM

    You know what? I have had it with these Jets. They have self confidence thinking they can win. That is appalling. And now, they are supporting team mates. Horrible.

  24. rcali says: Nov 30, 2011 12:17 PM

    Actually Leonard is right, the fans should be booing the defense for getting Tebowed and letting Fitzpatrick slice them up all day on Sunday.

  25. joetoronto says: Nov 30, 2011 12:22 PM

    Does he really think the fans will back off now that he’s gone public with this?

    It’ll just get worse.

  26. jerruhjones21 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:24 PM

    If Dirty didn’t suck so much maybe he wouldn’t get booed…

  27. marvsleezy says: Nov 30, 2011 12:27 PM

    Even ass napkin, err, Fireman Ed, was booing from what I saw on TV.

  28. kerc1986 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:28 PM

    well at least they didnt talk about the playoffs this time

  29. jets624 says: Nov 30, 2011 12:28 PM

    For some reason, This team performs better When playing the underdog!! In 2009. Thank you. Colts will take that!! Last season I believe losing three of our last five games, back to back AFC championship games is A pretty decent accomplishment Especially for a team Backing into the playoffs as the sixth seed!! Thanks for great defense and a running game Sanchez was able to hide his flaws I believe in him and I believe he can do it this year!!!!
    J.E.T.S Jets Jets Jets!!!!

  30. mfclock says: Nov 30, 2011 12:32 PM

    If the Jets had an average QB they would already have the super bowl win that Rex keeps promising. The Jets have a below average QB that DESERVES being booed. And as for Leonhard, I’m sure he’s still having nightmares about Tebow.

  31. denverwally says: Nov 30, 2011 12:48 PM

    At this point Jets fans look back on the Chad Pennington era fondly.

  32. binkystevens says: Nov 30, 2011 12:48 PM

    Never hear the home team being booed at Lambeau or Heinz – most knowledgeable fans and also most successful franchises out there. Coincidence?

  33. bigbluelou says: Nov 30, 2011 1:02 PM

    That’s what we fans are “good ” at

  34. jetsuperbowl says: Nov 30, 2011 1:48 PM

    Sanchez is a third year qb, who played one year college ball as a starter and is coming off of an abbreviated off season shortened by a lockout. He will be fine. He will be more than fine. He is a winner. Hey mark, no matter what, you got to strut!

  35. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 30, 2011 2:14 PM

    Jet crowds are deathly silent either way.

  36. beedubyatoo says: Nov 30, 2011 2:52 PM

    “well at least they didnt talk about the playoffs this time”

    ————————-

    PLAYOFFS??? PLAYOFFS??

    We just played the way we did Sunday and you want to talk about the PLAYOFS??

  37. mineallmine001 says: Nov 30, 2011 3:18 PM

    Jets fans are disappointed in Sanchez for getting on high schoolers

  38. mineallmine001 says: Nov 30, 2011 3:19 PM

    “Never hear the home team being booed at Lambeau”

    You clearly are to young to remember the 1986 GB Packers with Charles Martin

  39. jmat40 says: Nov 30, 2011 3:26 PM

    If Sanchez was Timmy Baby Jesus Tebow he could play even worse and still get cheered wildly.

  40. thousandcasts says: Nov 30, 2011 3:41 PM

    This isn’t college. These players get paid a lot of money to perform on the field and put W’s in the win column. When said players are not performing and the people who foot the bill are not pleased, then they have every right to boo.

  41. cliverush says: Nov 30, 2011 4:28 PM

    The fans in the Northeast will always let the players know when they are upset over a players performance. Be it Philly, Boston or NYC, it is how things are in the region. Pro’s understand this and they may not like it, but it is not going to change. This area of the country is very competitive so it goes with the territory.

  42. jets2121 says: Nov 30, 2011 4:57 PM

    Leonhard is right. Fans should not be booing Sanchez. Instead, they should be booing Brian Schottenheimer. Sanchez has all the skills to be a very good to great QB in the NFL if he plays to his strengths. Unfortunately, for the past 3 years his OC has put him in horrible positions, basically impeding his development. This guy is still 23-24?? I say the Jets miss the playoffs and next year bring in a new OC who can make Sanchez into a valuable running quarterback.

  43. jetsfan80 says: Nov 30, 2011 6:05 PM

    What does anyone else want or expect? The kid sucks. He is overrated just like every other USC quarterback has been

  44. jjbadd says: Nov 30, 2011 11:39 PM

    I haven’t watched many Jets games, but I didn’t think Sancez was that bad. They’ve made the playoffs 2 yrs in a row, so he aint a total loss! Everyone struggles. Lighten up on him..

  45. nyjets24 says: Dec 1, 2011 4:14 PM

    it was not sanchez’s fault that the jets lost either of those AFC championship games. He played very well, look at the numbers.

  46. pynflfan says: Dec 1, 2011 4:26 PM

    Sanchez is garbo

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