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Jets coach wants Jets fans to cheer for Jets player

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While he stopped short of calling it “bull crap,” it’s obvious that Jets coach Rex Ryan isn’t crazy about Jets fans booing quarterback Mark Sanchez, either.

Ryan defended the free speech rights of fans, but said he also thinks the reactions are overboard. That was cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s assertion when he initially objected to the harsh reaction of fans who teed off on Sanchez for a pick in a scrimmage.

We want our fans behind us at all times,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Obviously guys make mistakes. But that’s probably the reaction that we have. We don’t want our guys getting booed, especially from our fans because we all are in green and white, including our fans. This game’s tough enough, . . . but we need to support each other. So that’s probably where Cro’s coming from.

“Our fans have the right to do anything. I’m not going to say I’m disappointed in our fans. . . . But I think we need to move forward. The things from the past are in the past. So let’s just focus on what we have in front of us.”

Ryan’s comment points to what might be the salient fact here, a certain self-loathing quality from a group of fans who seem to spend more energy moaning about butt fumbles than they did celebrating a pair of AFC Championship Game appearances.

New York’s a hard town, but there’s a self-perpetuating quality to the reaction Sanchez gets that makes it easy to wonder if the chance he’s getting this year is a fair one.

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45 Responses to “Jets coach wants Jets fans to cheer for Jets player”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 5, 2013 2:48 PM

    Is it just me or is Ryan looking slimmer than ever….

    Wow…. no more “Let’s go get a snack” I guess.

  2. tbutler704 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:48 PM

    That won’t be a problem (not so big) Rex…..Jet QB Mark Sanchez will supply the Jet fan with some fresh reasons to boo him soon as you send that clueless bum out on the field. I’d bet my house on it.

  3. shadowcell says: Aug 5, 2013 2:51 PM

    What? Jets coach wants Jets fans to cheer for Jets player? Obviously Rex Ryan has the brain slugs because that is some straight up crazy talk right there.

  4. seatown12 says: Aug 5, 2013 2:56 PM

    Your name can’t be synonymous with the term “butt fumble” and still get respect. Sorry, that’s just the rules.

  5. jakec4 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    Rex might as well start thinking about where he might like to be a DC next year if he’s still out there trying to sell the public on Sanchez. The fans know what they see is what they get by now, but with a really cute headband.

  6. nou04 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:02 PM

    Welcome to the NY media market Mark. At least your name isn’t Alex Rodriguez.

    If you don’t want to be booed, go out and play better than a 50something% completion rate and throw more TD’s than INT’s. In short, don’t suck so much and you won’t get booed. Pretty simple concept.

  7. doomsdaydefensetx says: Aug 5, 2013 3:04 PM

    New team new season, support your squad or don’t. If you want to be like the eagles fans be my guest.

  8. hehateme2 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:07 PM

    When a franchise has to worry about their players getting booed you know it’s a train wreck waiting to happen.

    They haven’t got a clue.

  9. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 5, 2013 3:09 PM

    Buttfumble, Rex. Buttfumble.

  10. sikoix says: Aug 5, 2013 3:09 PM

    I live in the Jets/Giants/Patriots media market and will say this is a very tough demographic to please and keep pleased. See: New York Yankees. That said, it’s such a predictable scenario here after a couple non-productive seasons that its hard to have sympathy.

  11. gdive says: Aug 5, 2013 3:12 PM

    Rex the real problem is when the fans don’t even show up to boo anymore. That’s when you get the apple and a bus ticket.

  12. cd718 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:15 PM

    Uh, it’d be a lot easier to cheer for those AFC Championship game appearances if they had won at least one of them.

  13. buttfumbles says: Aug 5, 2013 3:16 PM

    My name says it all.

  14. phishead1313 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:17 PM

    If Jets coach wants Jets fans to cheer for Jets player, then someone please tell Jet Coach that Jet player currently on the roster, namely The object of much “BOOED AFFECTION” needs to be cut and never heard from again.

  15. pisano says: Aug 5, 2013 3:18 PM

    Do they really think the fans will cheer for Sanchez? come on, get real. I’ll tell you when they’ll cheer for Sanchez, when they know he’ll never be in a Jet uniform again.

  16. ryann252013 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:18 PM

    Rex its not COMPLETELY your fault.. but its hard not to boo such a crappy product that us fans call “Our team”

    Signed,

    NY Fans

  17. green41563 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:20 PM

    Problem is, it’s hard to move on with Mark because Mark doesn’t let you move on. He makes the same mistakes over and over. We’re going on five years now, and nothing has changed.

    Why do the fans boo at a scrimmage in August? Well, it’s a combination of things. First, obviously, it’s that Mark continues to show no progress at all. But more than that, it’s how the team treats the fans. PSLs? Fifty bucks to park your car? A hundred bucks to sit in a binoculars seat? When you treat the people like faceless ATMs who are there to be shaken down for every last penny, it creates a certain callousness. And if after charging all that money, you still put a lousy product on the field, they’re going to be furious. Can you blame them?

  18. green41563 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:23 PM

    cd718 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:15 PM

    Uh, it’d be a lot easier to cheer for those AFC Championship game appearances if they had won at least one of them.
    ___________________________________

    Uh, they were big underdogs in both games.
    Uh, that they even reached those games with Mark Sanchez is a quasi-miracle.

    Uh.

  19. footballfan58 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    Patriot’s fan here.

    If you don’t like your team, find another one to cheer for. If you do like your team, support them – through thick and thin.

    I’ve supported my team during the pre-Brady years and will support them after he’s gone.

    I don’t like the Jets at all, but they deserve to have loyal fans.

  20. footballradioshow says: Aug 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    The winner of this QB battle will be limited by one of the least talented group of skill players on any team in the league. Good luck with that.

  21. iamthefootballjerk says: Aug 5, 2013 3:31 PM

    Man, for a QB that makes $8.25 mil this year, he sure seems like a coddled baby. He is as fragile as a wet tissue.

    There is no way this team can win with a weak individual like Sanchez. Fans pay the money, they have a right to boo. If you don’t like it, take you binky, blanky, and go night-night Sanchize.

  22. cd718 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:33 PM

    Hey green41563,

    SportsBetting101.

    The odds do not reflect the common opinion of who is to win the game and by how much. The spread is set where it is in order in hopes to divide the action equally among betting favorite and underdog.

    Your statement couldn’t be anymore short sighted.

    Baltimore was an underdog in the last Superbowl. The Giants were underdog to the Patriots during both of their recent SuperBowl wins. What’s your point again?

    Idiot.

  23. deelron says: Aug 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    “than they did celebrating a pair of AFC Championship Game appearances.”

    Who the hell celebrates 3rd/4th place from a couple years ago?

  24. tommyribs says: Aug 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    JETs fans have a right to boo Sanchez. Quite Frankly it is warranted at this point.

    However, if Sanchez turns it around, they better stand up and cheer for him.

    I will say this, while I don’t think Sanchez is particularly talented, the JETs have done him ZERO favors in terms of putting good players around him.

    He has no weapons around him at all. I watched a game last year and remember he was getting hammered in the pocket, was putting his throws on the money, and guys were dropping them left and right.

  25. seahawks4alltime says: Aug 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    A lot of football fans, myself included, grumble about the buttfumble because it was such an awkward looking event. In the grand scheme of things it is only one bad play along side many good and bad plays.

    But it was a buttfumble for goodness sake! On that play Sanchez looked like he had never held or touched a football in his life. He certainly looked far removed from the guy who helped his team to two afc championship games. So, as a football fan, it appears that Sanchez is getting worse, not better.

  26. thejuddstir says: Aug 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    Sorry to disagree Rex, but “the things from the past…” are still in front of you. Pretty hard to “move forward”. What was that famous quote, “the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”.

  27. steelerben says: Aug 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    69 interceptions and 43 fumbles.

    I don’t think I’d have a lot of patience for watching turnovers, either. Booing someone at practice might be going a bit far, but I understand not wanting to see him as starter on your favorite team and voicing it at every chance.

  28. boyshole25 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:43 PM

    Heres hoping the jets dont win a game this year so Rex Ryan will hopefully be the new dc in DC next year.

  29. bmoreravens1012013 says: Aug 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    I’m not surprised considering they are jets fans. To constantly boo your own qb is just ridiculous. At some point you have to move on.

  30. chlstn says: Aug 5, 2013 3:54 PM

    Sanchez will be the backup QB by the start of the 2nd regular season game.

  31. bigtimenflfan says: Aug 5, 2013 3:56 PM

    Uh, they were big underdogs in both games.
    Uh, that they even reached those games with Mark Sanchez is a quasi-miracle.

    Uh.
    __________________________________
    Uh, In 2010 the Jets were 11-5 and fresh off crushing the pats in the playoffs.
    Uh, The Jets were far from underdogs against the Steelers
    Uh, The Jets suck now because administration makes terrible decisions when it comes to personnel and pretty much everything else
    Uh, Not only does Sanchez continue to make the same mistakes, so does bone-headed Rex Ryan
    Uh, Rex Ryan as good of a defensive mind he is, has proven he should only be a DC
    Uh, Mark Sanchez should retire

  32. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 5, 2013 4:02 PM

    “…a certain self-loathing quality from a group of “fans” who seem to spend more energy moaning about butt fumbles [and such]…”

    …Oh, do you mean the beat writers ?

    …the next time Cimini, Myers, and Mehta write a positive, well-researched, journalistic piece about this team… it will be the first.

    When you go on SNY Postgame after a Jets game…they KILL them…Always! I’m not looking for pollyanna here, but what other team allows this to go on? The Giants? The Cowboys? never.

    …most of the suits that can afford the seats today are just spewing the drivel and venom they’ve been reading all week.

  33. rcali says: Aug 5, 2013 4:09 PM

    Well since the team can’t seem to figure out that the Sanchez era is over, the fans have to do something to help point out the obvious. I have this weird vision of Sanchez getting carried off the field this year and people cheering….yes, that’s how bad it has gotten.

  34. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    If the players perform on the field, then the fans will cheer. Problem solved.

  35. polesmike says: Aug 5, 2013 4:28 PM

    Jet fans please don’t boo Sanchez, he may pick up his football and go home. Rex continues to fleece Jet fans, who are tired of hearing “He gives us the best chance to win” he stinks and until Rex can come to grips it will be another lost season and Sanchez will be the butt of all booing.

  36. harry1941 says: Aug 5, 2013 4:30 PM

    The booing comes from Giant fans

  37. cliverush says: Aug 5, 2013 5:04 PM

    Sanchez is in a position where his lack of college experience is showing. When he came to the team they had leaders like Thomas Jones, Damian Woody, Jericho C. and others who Tannenbaum tossed away. He brought in low character players and made one a captain. Bad move. Ryan has to try to compete with the Pats with many players who collect their checks and do not care about winning. The cost of attending a game in NY/NE is very expensive so you better be ready to hear it if you do not win, or at least try.

  38. whodey420 says: Aug 5, 2013 5:39 PM

    Bengals fan here. Might be kind of obvious by my handle. I can understand the boo’s here and there
    We’ve had a few first round QB’s that just plain ole sucked ass. David Klingler for example. #6 overall in that draft! Still had Boomer Esiason for crying out loud. People laugh at the Bengals from those times but they forget the Colts had the #1 and #2 overall pick that year and took Steve Emtman and Quentin Coryatt 1 and 2. lol Another example in the 1999 draft we could of had the Saints entire draft plus a first rounder in 2000 but took Akili Smith instead lmao. Still makes me sick. If the Jets organization doesn’t want to hear fans boo’ing then do a better job scouting/drafting players!

  39. ajg314 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:10 PM

    “Ryan’s comment points to what might be the salient fact here, a certain self-loathing quality from a group of fans who seem to spend more energy moaning about butt fumbles than they did celebrating a pair of AFC Championship Game appearances.”

    Darin, ordinarily I would totally agree with you here. One of the problems I see, however, is that the media, and Jets haters too of course, just love typing “butt fumble” each and every little chance they get. So when this is constantly thrown at Jets fans, how in the world are they supposed to get over it?

  40. green41563 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:29 PM

    Supporting the team doesn’t always mean cheering. Frankly, that’s a provincial point of view.

    People boo because they care. They’re paying through the nose, and they want the team to win.

    Now is it worth booing at a scrimmage in August? Probably not, but this is the New York metropolitan area, not Green Bay or Kansas City or Denver. In New York, you succeed or you get out. And that’s not just in sports. It’s in all things. Stock-market speculation. Lawyering. Business. Whatever. Every fan in the stands is playing by the same rules in his job, so it’s only natural that they apply those rules to players making millions of dollars.

  41. dominicthedonkey says: Aug 5, 2013 11:24 PM

    How would you like it if you got booed at work for making a mistake?

    Plus those who are booing Sanchez are jealous because they look like a girl throwing a football. For that matter, most of you reading this do too.

  42. monropoobah says: Aug 6, 2013 5:07 AM

    iamthefootballjerk says:
    Aug 5, 2013 3:31 PM
    Man, for a QB that makes $8.25 mil this year, he sure seems like a coddled baby. He is as fragile as a wet tissue.

    There is no way this team can win with a weak individual like Sanchez. Fans pay the money, they have a right to boo. If you don’t like it, take you binky, blanky, and go night-night Sanchize.

    —————————————–

    did you hear sanchez complain? jerk

  43. monropoobah says: Aug 6, 2013 5:17 AM

    rcali says:
    Aug 5, 2013 4:09 PM
    Well since the team can’t seem to figure out that the Sanchez era is over, the fans have to do something to help point out the obvious. I have this weird vision of Sanchez getting carried off the field this year and people cheering….yes, that’s how bad it has gotten.

    ——————————————
    there is a little contract issue. do you think they’re not aware of his abilities, limitations and results?
    the fans have every right to boo. but they don’t have to. what purpose does it serve? let the organization make their decisions and let the game play out. whether he sits or plays, in a sense he’s ‘free’. because the money is ALREADY SPENT. if you got someody to replace him you would have to pay again which would be brainless

  44. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:40 AM

    A fan who supports the team and pays to attend has every right to boo a team’s performance (and yes, even a player’s performance). They boo because they care, and because they’re tired of the same crap. They pay for a rotton and dysfunctional team and they see it as unacceptable and it is.

  45. huntsville2012 says: Aug 6, 2013 9:51 AM

    Why is he mad about the fans booing Sanchez? He acts like Sanchez is a good QB and the fans should be happy with his performance.

    And I hate it when people want to say he led the team to the playoffs and playoff wins. He didn’t. The team carried him to the playoffs and those wins. When the better players on the team left Sanchez’s true ability showed itself…he sucks.

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