As a Jets fan, there is something that has bothered me for quite some time… immediate booing.
What’s the cause, a bad pass? An interception?
Sometimes, yeah. But what quarter is it?
Most of the time, it’s only the first half!
We need to be more patient. Mark Sanchez has had a lot of success his first two years. Most fans, however, are tired of waiting on a ring. It has been far too long since our last SuperBowl victory and fans want to win NOW.
It’s understandable, but with a celebrity backup quarterback on the roster in Tim Tebow, we have to make sure we are behind Mark Sanchez 100%. Especially after Mark throws a few bad passes. I am not saying that if he has a 5 interception game, that you should be applauding him. I am talking about an incomplete pass on 3rd down in the first quarter.
I have been to far too many games where fans are booing Mark after one bad throw. It happened to be an incompletion, not an interception! So why are we booing him in this situation?
I know we want a completed pass or a touchdown… but let’s be reasonable here. Is it realistic to think that an offense will score on every possession throughout a season? No.
We have to notice that if Mark makes a “bad throw”, he might’ve wanted to place the ball in an area that only the receiver can get to. More importantly, an area that the defender cannot reach. The worst possible outcome would be an incompletion.
Obviously, the ideal outcome would be a completed pass. But if we can’t get that, what do you want to see?
Now, I don’t know about everybody else… but I would take an incompletion/punt over a turnover any day of the week!
So why boo?
First of all, we send a bad message to our team… that we only support them when they play good. Not to mention, it defeats the purpose of the home-field advantage. The Jets are used to hearing boo’s when they travel to away games. Now we’re going to boo them at home?
That’s not fair. Not at all.
Second of all, it gives us Jets fans a bad reputation. I’m an optimistic Jets fan, but I am constantly outweighed by the noise at Jetlife Stadium, by fans who are booing Mark Sanchez early… and booing him pretty badly. It’s frustrating. Having a dominant defense (ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th the past 3 years), will often keep us in close games. So instead of choosing to boo on a failed 3rd down pass, how about we take a deep breath and say, “OK, let’s get the ball back.” Then replace those boo’s by screaming, “LET’S GO!!” This will give our players and the stadium as a whole, a better message: This is OUR HOUSE, and we have our team’s back… through the good and the bad.
Finally, by getting rid of the early boo’s, we will take the momentum away from the traveling team. For example, previously when fans would boo in the first quarter (after a 3 & out/during a punt), the opposing team would get pumped. They would thrive off of that, knowing that they took the fans out of the game early on. They know they’ve eliminated the 12th-man factor.
The 12th-man (crowd) is something that opposing players need to prepare for going into a game; because it’s nerve racking when 40,000 (plus) fans are screaming for you to choke.
A great example that comes to mind is going back to the 2009 home opener (win) vs the Patriots. We were so loud that day that Rex decided to give us fans the game-ball. Now compare that level of fan support in 2009 to the pregame boos that Sanchez had to hear at home in 2011, coming out of the tunnel. What a difference! It makes us fans look equally as inconsistent as a Sanchez and his “bad pass”.
Going into his 4th year, this is the year Sanchez needs to step it up. There’s no doubt about it… and I believe he will. But let’s be more patient than we were in the past.
Let him get going. Let him get into a grove. Let him get into a rhythm with his receivers.
Besides, don’t you think Giants fans feel a little foolish for being impatient with Eli early in his career? They wanted to run Manning out of town in just his third year. Since then, he has won two Super Bowls.
That just proves that fans need let their franchise (or “Franchez”) Quarterback develop through time. My point is, Sanchez and Eli had very similar statistics in their first 3 years, and the kid is only 25 years old! So let’s hold the boo’s. Let him play. Don’t harass him at home, in the first quarter!
It’s not fair to the players, nor the fans that are trying to be supportive. Let’s focus on creating a miserable atmosphere for the traveling team to play in.
The Jets host the Buffalo Bills in just a couple of days, so we need to make sure we’re supportive. Let’s get loud and eliminate the boo’s.
Let’s focus on having our team’s back this season.
Let’s focus on screaming, “J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS”, louder than ever!
It starts this Sunday. Are you on board?
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