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.