NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Jets know they got away with one against the Bills on Sunday.
But Jim Leonhard isn’t about to give the fans at MetLife Stadium a pass. The safety expressed his frustration after hearing boos rain down — before the game even started — on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez
“I think we have a great crowd,” Leonhard told WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Tuesday. “I think probably for one of the first times, I was kind of disappointed. Our starting quarterback gets booed in introductions.”
Listen: Leonhard with Joe & Evan
Sanchez heard it from the crowd at times also during the 28-24 win. The third-year quarterback completed under 50 percent of his passes (17 for 35), but managed to throw four touchdowns — and orchestrated his eighth career fourth-quarter comeback.
“As players,” Leonhard said, “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 off 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.”
Most of the Jets’ woes this season have come on the road. Their early-season three-game trip to Oakland, Baltimore and New England was a disaster, making it easy to forget they’re actually 5-1 at home.
“We obviously understand the fans,” said Leonhard. “We’re all frustrated. It’s not just you guys. The players are frustrated as well. The coaches are frustrated. The only way we can right some of these wrongs is by going out and winning games. We just want that crowd to have our back, which we know they do. But (if) they’re not going to give us the benefit of the doubt sometimes, we got to go out there and prove it week in and week out at home as well.”
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