Jul 28, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets fans look on prior to heavy rain and thunder that suspended practice during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
All right folks, it’s time for another heart to heart conversation. I thought we had taken care of this last year with Mr. Tebow, but as I read my Twitter timeline, it is clear that this is still an issue. It’s an issue, it’s a big issue, and one that needs to stop now.
Actually, our buddy from JetNation, Ron Pickett, talked about it in a piece he wrote for his website. Please take a look as it is a terrific read. Normally I don’t piggy-back on the ideas of others, but this issue is such an important one, I decided it was necessary.
The issue is the in-fighting among Jets fans. The debate regarding the quarterback situation is just getting way out of hand. As I read my timeline, I see insults being hurled back and forth. Fans that support Mark Sanchez at all are being called “delusional”. Geno Smith fans hang on every good move he does in practice, and talk about getting rid of Mark so he can work on his modeling career. And people are going after each other, back and forth.
How did this serve us last season? I would say not too well, wouldn’t you? Haven’t we been here already, with bad results? This needs to stop. It needs to stop now.
Mind you, I am not saying that everybody has to agree. I am not saying that at all. Everybody is certainly entitled to their own perspective on the QB competition, as well as the rest of the roster. But don’t forget the first part, everybody is entitled to their own perspective. That’s the great thing about sports, that we can sit and debate the issues, with each person having a valid opinion. Mark Sanchez fans are not “delusional”, and Geno Smith supporters are not overly crazy either.
Ron made a great point in his article, at some point in our lives, we all fell in love with the New York Jets. Whether it was because our parents loved them, or whatever reason it was, we all have our own story there. With that, we have gone through a lot of suffering. But, we have all been through it TOGETHER. That is how we are all connected, our stories of sadness. It may be a sad way to think about things, but it’s true. We have sorrow together.
After all of these years suffering together, now we turn on each other, over the quarterbacks? No matter who the Jets choose, neither of these two will be anywhere NEAR the worst quarterbacks we have ever had. Meaning? Whomever the Jets choose to lead this team from the quarterback position, the team will have a chance. Neither one of these guys is a gloom and doom decision.
Here’s a novel idea gang, let’s get back to rooting for the New York Jets. If I never hear again about “TeamMark” and “TeamGeno”, it will be too soon. Let’s leave it to Rex Ryan, remember him? Let’s let him and his staff, and to whatever degree Idzik will be involved, make the decision on the quarterback. Let’s debate it, but not take it further with personal insults. Let’s wait for the team to pick their guy. And then, what should we do? Root our hearts out for the guy that is chosen.
I may support Mark Sanchez, but I am a Jets fan first. Last season, when Tim Tebow came in for a play or two, I screamed for him to make a great run. I didn’t like him, but on the occasion where he got positive yardage I was cheering hard. Same thing this year. If Geno is the starter, nobody will scream louder for him than I will. All of the Geno supporters should do the same for Mark Sanchez.
Why? They play for the New York Jets, that’s why.