NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets have their own “Frankenstorm” brewing as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast.
It’s Hurricane Tim, colliding with weakening system Mark and growing in strength under the dark clouds of East Rutherford.
On Sunday, starting quarterback Mark Sanchez was the subject of jeers from unhappy fans at MetLife Stadium — and again there were loud chants for backup Tim Tebow.
“That chanting is just B.S.,” wide receiver Chaz Schilens said after the Jets’ ugly 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins. “Mark’s the quarterback. I think the fans are out of place.”
Sanchez was 28 of 54 for 283 yards with a touchdown, an interception and a fumble against Miami. But it wasn’t all on the quarterback. The Jets were outplayed in all facets of the game: offense, defense and special teams.
Fans drew the ire of some Jets players last November when Sanchez was booed during pregame introductions. Tight end Dustin Keller called the treatment “absolutely not fair” in 2011, and had a follow-up message to deliver after Sunday’s loss.
“I’m a big Tebow fan, but I’m not a big fan of screaming to get the backup quarterback in,” Keller said. “I feel like fans should have the starting quarterback’s back until they do officially make some type of change. If you’re a fan, you should be cheering for the starting quarterback. … People weren’t standing behind Mark. He’s going to get this thing turned around. He knows that we — his teammates — have his back. Hell, we believe in him and we will get this turned around.”
Schilens called the outcome “humiliating,” though he insisted “I don’t think they’re a better team than us.”
“We didn’t play well. They’re (ticked),” Schilens said of Jets fans. “So they have a right to be (ticked).”
Tebow heard the chants. So did head coach Rex Ryan, who said Sanchez would remain his starter going into the bye.
“You’ve got to support your guy,” said Tebow. “I feel and all of us feel the same way.”
Ryan reaffirmed his stance on Sanchez during a conference call Monday. Regarding Tebow’s touches — or lack thereof — Ryan said the Jets would “take a hard look at how we’re using him.”
Meanwhile, Sanchez maintained he’s as “confident as ever.”
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” said Sanchez. “You’re playing in a big market and this is a grown man’s game. You have to play tough. They want results and we’re not playing well, so they’re going to call for someone else. It doesn’t matter.
“I just happen to be in the spot. That’s just how it goes. I don’t really think about it. It doesn’t really bother me at all.”
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