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Chaz Schilens takes shot at Mark Sanchez, Jets

Chaz Schilens taking the day off from practice

Chaz Schilens taking the day off from practice because of injuries during training camp. (Aug. 1, 2012) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

CORTLAND -- It’s safe to say former Jets wideout Chaz Schilens doesn’t have many fond memories of his time in Florham Park.

“I kind of felt like they were looking for scapegoats and besides everyone except for, maybe, the quarterback position,” Schilens, now with the Lions, told the Detroit Free Press.

Asked how Mark Sanchez could win back the support of Jets fans, Schilens simply said: “Nothing good to say, so I’m not going to say nothing.”

The wide receiver, who was an afterthought in the Jets offense, caught just 28 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns during his only year with the team (2012).

Despite his critical comments about his old organization and former quarterback, Schilens came to Sanchez’s defense last October amid chants for Tim Tebow to take the field.

Sanchez (28-for-54, 283 yards) was sacked four times and also threw an interception during a humiliating 30-9 home-loss to the Miami Dolphins – and the MetLife Stadium crowd made their frustrations heard, clamoring for their backup quarterback to save the day.

Schilens, however, took offense to the calls for Tebow. “That chanting’s BS as far as I'm concerned,” he told reporters. “Mark’s the quarterback.”

And in defending Sanchez, the outspoken wideout also put the blame on the Jets’ porous offensive line. “He was under a lot of pressure, that's all I have to say,” he said. 

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