Sheldon Richardson: Jets Fans Criticizing Geno Smith Should ‘Shut Up’


Geno SmithIf you picked Week 4 for the seemingly annual New York Jets dumpster fire to begin, step right up and claim your prize.

The Jets were embarrassed at home on Sunday by the Detroit Lions, and no Jets player epitomized the team’s struggles more than quarterback Geno Smith.

The second-year QB barely completed 50 percent of his passes (17 of 33) for 209 yards, one touchdown and one really, really bad interception. The pick was Smith’s fifth of the season, the most in the NFL through four weeks.

That all came a week after Smith threw two interceptions — including a pick-six — in prime time on Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Apparently, Jets fans have seen enough, as they started chanting for the Jets’ backup, Michael Vick, during Sunday’s game. New York defensive end Sheldon Richardson has a message for those fans calling on the Jets to make a quarterback change.

“Shut up,” Richardson said, according to “If that’s the case, produce a child to make it to the NFL and then let’s see what he got. Other than that, just shut up. We’ve got coaches to do that.”

Smith apparently shared a similar opinion. He was caught on camera yelling “F— you!” at fans while leaving the field after Sunday’s loss. He quickly apologized for those comments, but the frustration is evident.

“It’s frustrating. You cheer for him when he throws a touchdown, but you were talking about how you wanted Vick the whole game,” Richardson added. “It happens. But he’s got to keep his composure, no matter how frustrating it gets.”

It’s not going to get any easier for Smith and the 1-3 Jets. New York will go to San Diego to take on the 3-1 Chargers next week before hosting the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos in Week 6.

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