Did New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez have the best year in the world in 2012? Not exactly. However, 2013 provides a new opportunity to succeed, and one of Sanchez’s teammates feels that should bring a clean slate as well.
That teammate would be cornerback Antonio Cromartie – although it was his interception of a Sanchez pass that drew the boo-birds out in the first place.
Roughly 6,000 people were in attendance for the team’s Green and White Scrimmage, but after a Sanchez pass found Cromartie, those thousands quickly rounded into 2012 form, booing the fifth-year veteran.
After it was all over, Cromartie told the New York Daily News that he wished those “fans” had just stayed home.
“I think that’s bullcrap,’ Cromartie said of the crowd’s reaction. ‘My thing is, if you’re going to be a fan, be a fan. You don’t come out here and boo anybody.”
Of course, we all know that this is not the first time Sanchez has been booed, and it may not be the last. The former USC star was far more laid back about the crowd’s negative reaction to his play.
“Oh, shoot, I don’t care. That’s the way it goes.”
Shouldn’t he at least care a little bit? After all, second-round West Virginia draft pick Geno Smith is gunning for his job.
On the afternoon, Sanchez finished 6-of-11 for 93 yards and a touchdown. Smith went 9-of-16 for 77 yards.
As for what head coach Rex Ryan thinks about his quarterbacking situation, the man is just looking forward to playing some actual football.
“Again, guys, it’s just one opportunity to come out and compete,” said Ryan. “Certainly, this is really the beginning stages of the competition, and I think it will be interesting when we go to Detroit (on Friday) and start playing some live preseason games.”
Hopefully Sanchez doesn’t give fans any more reasons to boo in Motown.
[H/T: For The Win]