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Chaz Schilens: Jets looked for scapegoats everywhere but quarterback

Chaz Schilens AP

The Jets aren’t planning to break out the “hot sauce” for Lions running back Reggie Bush in Friday’s preseason opener, but a former member of the Jets injected a little bit of spice into the matchup this week.

Wide receiver Chaz Schilens caught an unmemorable 28 passes in 15 games for the Jets last season, starting six times for a team short on wide receivers. They didn’t make much of an effort to bring him back during an offseason that saw many Jets veterans move on and Schilens thinks that he was a victim of the team’s desire to blame everyone but Mark Sanchez for their 6-10 record last year.

“For me there?” Schilens said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Really, when it came down to it, I kind of felt like they were looking for scapegoats and besides everyone except for, you know, maybe the quarterback position, and it was what it was. When free agency didn’t start off right away, I just kind of understood what it was and part of the business.”

Schilens didn’t stop there when it came to expressing his feelings about Sanchez. He employed many a mother’s favorite maxim when he was asked about Sanchez’s chances of winning back the support of the team’s fanbase.

“Nothing good to say, so I’m not going to say nothing,” Schilens said.

There aren’t many easier targets for criticism in the NFL these days than Sanchez, a point that’s well illustrated by the guy fighting to be the fifth receiver in Detroit.

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22 Responses to “Chaz Schilens: Jets looked for scapegoats everywhere but quarterback”
  1. Iknoweverything says: Aug 7, 2013 2:32 PM

    The blame belongs with an owner who has no no clue about football.
    A GM who is the most inept(besides Ireland) in the league
    And a head Coach who is overrated, self absorbed, is more concerned with mic time than coaching, can not admit his mistakes/faults, blames everything on others

  2. funktron2x says: Aug 7, 2013 2:38 PM

    To think that some people thought he was going to be better than Stafford. Shoulda asked Schilens to compare the two. humor to be had there, no doubt.

  3. jimmylions says: Aug 7, 2013 2:38 PM

    It sounds like Schilens knows his NFL career is coming to an end and has some sour grapes.

    Trashing his former QB, and a guy who I think has a decent relationship with Stafford, isn’t a great move for a guy on the bubble. He must have a pretty good inkling that he’s not making the team.

  4. njjet says: Aug 7, 2013 2:44 PM

    While yes Sanchez should be blames for his inadequate play. What does it say about Schilens when even he couldn’t get play time with that WR corp?

  5. waldoampere says: Aug 7, 2013 2:51 PM

    Chaz Schilens is still in the NFL?

  6. joetoronto says: Aug 7, 2013 2:52 PM

    He’s right, but he shouldn’t have said it.

    Good luck getting work now, Glass.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 7, 2013 2:59 PM

    He’s right.

  8. ryann252013 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:03 PM

    Uhh, this guy AND Mark Sanchez are awful so why are some of the fellow jets fans flipping out. I have all the respect in the world for Detroit and this isn’t speaking for the whole team but there is a reason why this guy couldn’t start on a depleted WR core and is know competing for the 5th WR job.. So why would this reporter ask Chaz of all people..?

  9. peanutele24 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:08 PM

    Mr glass sounding off? Hope he didn’t break anything stepping up to the mic .

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:08 PM

    Many people feel most comfortable when they can place blame on just 1 individual for the downfall of a team, but the reality of the situation is that there are numerous players, coaches, and team personell on the Jets that are all to blame to varying degrees for the lack of success. The head coach and starting QB will naturally shoulder a greater load of the blame, and rightfully so, but there are rarely situations that the entirety of the blame can be rightfully put onto just 1 person.

  11. ryann252013 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:11 PM

    And sorry for posting again but maybe the team didnt like him because of things like this? Be thankful you even had a job instead of trashing your former team maybe you should of performed better. Case closed..

  12. northeastkiller says: Aug 7, 2013 3:11 PM

    At some point, when 17 different guys have mentioned that Sanchez is a coddled princess on that team, that Rex plays favorites with him and never blames him for anything, there’s got to be SOMETHING to it, lol. Everybody can’t be lying.

  13. nyg201 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:18 PM

    Sanchez needs to go back west he’s not made for New York.

  14. jetfan28 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:30 PM

    Iknoweverything says:

    The blame belongs with an owner who has no no clue about football.
    A GM who is the most inept(besides Ireland) in the league
    And a head Coach who is overrated, self absorbed, is more concerned with mic time than coaching, can not admit his mistakes/faults, blames everything on others

    Know what’s funny? The combination of this same inept GM/Coach & owner has more playoff wins (5) in the last 5 years that the overwhelming majority of the NFL including the Patriots.

    Not ats some ineptitude for your behind.

  15. jetslakersfan says: Aug 7, 2013 3:31 PM

    I guess when Rex benched Sanchez he was blaming Chaz? This guy sucks as a WR so how can he open his mouth about anybody?

  16. lks311 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:01 PM

    I’m not a big fan of piling on or a lack of self-accountability. Any small chance this guy has of catching on with the Lions will be built on making every catch thrown his way and keeping his mouth shut.

    I hope he’s better at the former than he is at the latter.

  17. fdugrad says: Aug 7, 2013 4:16 PM

    Did you ever notice haw many guys who just dropped a dime on someone out of one side of the mouth answer the follow-up question with “If you cant say something nice…”

  18. harry1941 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:17 PM

    The NY Jets had good reason for dumping Chaz Schilens Chaz Schilens didn’t do his job. I am going to look at Chaz Schilens on you tube to see what he done in 2012

  19. rcali says: Aug 7, 2013 4:51 PM

    Hard to catch passes when your QB is butt fumbling and throwing to the other team. Oh my gosh, I just supported a guy named Chaz!

  20. nysports831 says: Aug 7, 2013 5:11 PM

    Who exactly HASN’T placed blame on Sanchez??? Did they NOT just draft the #1 rated QB in this year’s draft? I’m confused…

  21. cuda1234 says: Aug 7, 2013 5:22 PM

    Looks to me like he didn’t blame Sanchez, he blamed the “qb position” which includes media darling Tim Tebow. So add Schillens to the list of players not excited about working with Timmy.

  22. rayguyreturns says: Aug 7, 2013 7:15 PM

    “Glass” should do more catching and less talking, especially for a guy that can’t play more than 2 games without going on IR.

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