Embattled New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez may have been thrown to the wolves by his own coach in the fourth quarter of a preseason game over the weekend, but he has one ardent defender in the governor of New Jersey.
Chris Christie, co-hosting the “Boomer and Carton” show on WFAN this morning, weighed in on the team’s quarterback controversy, which reached critical mass over the weekend when Geno Smith stepped out of bounds for a safety and threw three interceptions. Rather than throw Matt Simms into the game in the fourth quarter, Coach Rex Ryan bizarrely said he was trying to win and went with Sanchez…who promptly suffered a shoulder injury.
“It seems like the fans have amnesia about this guy,” Christie said (via CBS New York). “Yeah, he was awful last year, but by the way, he had no weapons last year to throw to. He had no receiving corps, he had no running game and the offensive line was below average.
“So what are you looking for from the guy? I think they’ve treated him awfully. It seems like they’re determined … and I think this new general manager [John Idzik] is just determined to play the guy that he drafted [Smith].”
Christie, who sought advice on lap-band surgery from Ryan, had harsh words for New York Daily News Jets writer Manish Mehta, calling him a “dope” and an “idiot.”
“Idiot. The guy’s a complete idiot. Self-consumed, underpaid, reporter … the only way he’s empowered is because we’re spending all this time talking about Manish Mehta this morning … Who, by the way, I couldn’t pick out of a lineup and no Jets fan gives a damn about Manish Mehta … We shouldn’t be giving this dope, you know, the amount of airtime we’ve given him already.”
Manish Mehta on Governor Christie: “I have a great deal of respect for Governor Christie. I’ll leave it at that.” @dpshow
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) August 26, 2013
Here’s the bizarro world press conference involving Ryan and the media who cover the Jets: