Jim Leonhard on fans booing Sanchez in pre-gm (via WFAN): “As players, you say, ‘You know what? I guess we’re in this 1 today by ourselves”
11/29/11 1:10 PM
Jets safety Jim Leonhard took issue with the fans at MetLife Stadium booing quarterback Mark Sanchez before Sunday’s win over the Bills. The crowd laid into our STARTING QB at player intros. I can’t remember EVER having one of our stars booed at intros. Wow. To be honest though, I don’t remember hearing boo’s but hey don’t go by me.
Sanchez was the last player introduced before the game, drawing a mix of cheers and boos from the home crowd.
Sanchez Running in to Boos at the Bills Game
“I think we have a great crowd,” Leonhard said in a radio interview Tuesday on WFAN. “I think probably for one of the first times, I was kind of disappointed. Our starting quarterback gets booed in introductions. It’s kind of one of those things, that’s frustrating when … 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 out 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 crowd booed Sanchez and the Jets offense several times during the game. Leonhard acknowledged that he understands the fans are frustrated with the team’s inconsistent play.
@e_man’s Take - I truly cannot understand why true Jets fans were booing our quarterback in pre-game and intros. So you think that getting boos is going to motivate the guy? Come on. I think it’s rather pathetic and I ask you, why even buy a ticket if you are going to do that?! Stay home, please.
I’m not saying don’t be upset with Mark for his play (which by the way is on par and better in some stats than his first two years). Don’t believe me, go look up his stats for his career. So why now? Why are people dumping on Mark now?
1. Our record 2. Our expectations have risen thanks to winning. 3. Rex says we are getting a super bowl 4. Everyone says that now that he is in the league for three years, he magically has to transform into Peyton Manning or he’s a bust.
My friend GreenLanternJet, Jeff Cappellini, could not have said it better in some twitter rants:
Bottom line is booing doesn’t make a team play better. Booing makes fans feel better, if only briefly. Booing intros? Just stupidity. #Jets11/29/11 1:25 PM
GreenLanternJet#Jets fans booing intro is precisely an example why Jets fans are held in such low regard by the rest of the football world. #NFL11/29/11 1:31 PM
I mean if you are booing your players getting introduced, why in the hell did you go to the game? Save the cash. Buy an iPhone! #Jets11/29/11 1:27 PM
You may not care what the rest of the world thinks, but, trust me, your fellow #Jets fans with class think you’re an embarrassment.
11/29/11 1:31 PM
I heard the crowd was killing Sanchez before the game even started. It’s just pathetic. Caveman, bottom rung of the ladder mentality. #Jets11/29/11 1:34 PM
Look, if Sanchez throws a few picks, air your grievances then. But cut his legs off before game even starts? Yeah, real morale boost. #Jets11/29/11 1:36 PM
It's Simple: Protect Mark and he Produces
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