Jets’ Keller calls out fans for cheering Sanchez injury

For the second time in the past month, a Jets player has stuck up for Mark Sanchez by calling out the fans.

Following New York’s embarrassing 49-19 loss to the Patriots on Thanksgiving night, tight end Dustin Keller took to Twitter to rip those in the MetLife Stadium crowd who cheered when Sanchez went down due to injury.

Late in the fourth quarter, with the game well out of reach and chants for Tim Tebow in full effect, Sanchez dropped back to pass and was hit hard by a Pats defender.

Before he gingerly scraped himself off the turf and limped back to the huddle, disgusted Jets fans — those who stuck around, at least — and staunch Tebow supporters reigned down a round of sarcastic applause.

It was another shaky outing by the incumbent quarterback, who threw an awful interception and lost a fumble after hilariously crashing into the backside of his offensive lineman. Seriously.

However, cheering a potential injury, under any circumstance, reeks of classlessness. In that respect, Keller is absolutely correct in airing his displeasure.

Then again, Gang Green’s faithful aren’t known to be the most sympathetic or well-collected bunch; the same type of incident happened in 2007, when then-starter Chad Pennington severely hurt his ankle.

Coach Rex Ryan already has declared Sanchez the starting QB for next week’s home tilt with the Cardinals. And with Tebow seemingly out of commission, fans will have no choice but to endure another 60 minutes of Sanchez.

Hopefully, for his sake, he stays upright.

(Photo: David Duprey/Associated Press)

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  • Joseph DiMiceli

    Mark Sanchez will never succeed with any team unless they are able to get
    about 125 yards running in games. He is not that dynamic a player. I have been
    a jets fan since the inception of the team(Even when they were the Titans). They
    have not had a really good QB since Namath left. If Woody Johnson wants to
    maintain his fan base, he should probably get rid of his GM, head coach and
    so called offensive coordinator. (He is offensive alright). Do yourself a favor
    Woody. Find the team some good offensive and defensive linemen. You have to
    be able to run better and also have to pressure the opposing QB.

  • Janine

    Sanchez HAS to be moved. It seems like his head is not clear to play good football. The Jets season is essentially over. I can’t see the Jets finishing at 9-7. Even so, I don’t think 9-7 will be enough to make the playoffs this year. In any regard, the Jets need high draft picks as well as a total cleaning of house.

  • Donald

    I have been a fan of the JeTs since the begining. They have now reached bottom,and that’s low considering they have had some pretty lousy seasons(Rich Kotite), BUT THIS TEAM SUCKS, they have no guts, no fire , I think a reflection from the top. I think the Jets PLAYERS should not worry about booing (I agree it’s not right to boo a player that’s been hurt)but the Jets bring it on themselves , they play like a bad college team and expect to get praised because they win a game (a fluke). The booing isn’t because he got hurt , it’s because they want change for the better and their not getting it.

  • Robin

    The cut and dry version of this is, if you don’t like the jets DON’T WATCH THE JETS!. If you claim you are a fan since the beginning of its inception or since Jesus was reincarnated then be a fan and support. I’m not saying that they’re playing like the greatest, but calling them names, and booiing the players, ain’t going to move the chains, get us in the endzone, or through the uprights. There. Deal with it. For now, it is what it is, and for later it will be what it will be. Ride or die! It is the U.S. we get to choose which one. Fold or crumble? J! E! T! S! JETS! JETS! JETS! beleive that! Way to go, Dustin. That’s what team is about, some people could learn a few things.
    PS. I was sick watching the game, but come next Sunday, I’ll have my SANCHEZ JERSEY ON! “Now lets go to eat a G-Damn SNACK!”

  • Darnell Washington

    I believe that anyone who trash talks the Jets right now because of the kind of season we are having are not true fans like they say they are. It’s a tough pill to swallow watching your team lose the way they do, but a true sports fan sticks with their team through hell and hot water. I am growing sick of people talking bad about these guys. If you don’t like them, don’t watch them. I bet if the Jets somehow found their way into the playoffs this year and have a run like 09′ & 10′ then everyone will be riding their coat tails again. Stop it you fair weather fans, you make me sick! To boo a man who busts his butt week by week becuz you guys want a dose of Tebow’s garbage. You guys don’t know football at all. Mark Sanchez my not be the best QB in the league but at least he shows up and wants to play whether he is healthy or hurt. I respect that about any athlete. He will get better, once we put the right players and personnel around him. Just wait and see, ya will be sorry for leaving the Jets for instant success. just ask those Colts and Giant fans when they bailed cuz those teams struggled for years. I’ma Jet fan till I die, Gang Green all day!

  • Richiev

    While I agree cheering a potential injury is classless; how can you expect the fans to have class when the players don’t.

    The Jets eat their own, I have never heard a team attack their fellow teammates at much as the Jets do. Teammates are supposed to stick together, especially publicly, how can they expect their fans to stand by them when they don’t stand by each other?