A New York Jets fan group rented a plane which hovered above the team's practice field on Wednesday. The plane carried a banner calling for the dismissal of general manager John Idzik. It read, "Penalty Flag Day 12/21 FireJohnIdzik.com."
New York Jets fans are calling for the dismissal of general manager John Idzik.
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According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, a Jets fan group rented a plane which hovered above the team's practice field on Wednesday. The plane carried a banner urging the dismissal of general manager John Idzik. It read, "Penalty Flag Day 12/21 FireJohnIdzik.com." It was the second time it happened during a six-week span.
Cimini also adds the group reportedly purchased a billboard near the Jets' MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It plans to give out 10,000 "Fire Idzik" flags during the Week 16 home game against the Jets' AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots. The group has already given them out to local bar patrons.
The plane first made an appearance during a Jets practice on Nov. 5. On Wednesday, it appeared during special teams drills with both owner Woody Johnson and Idzik present. Izik has been under intense scrutiny this season for the Jets' 3-11 record entering Week 16. Cimini says head coach Rex Ryan "is expected to be fired." Idzik is in danger of following suit.
Johnson, who expressed his disappointment with the Jets' season during a recent interview, further stoked the flames when he accidentally favorited a tweet pleading him to fire Idzik. The tweet reads, "@woodyjohnson4 you really need to #FireIdzik at this point. The roster is garbagio," per ESPN New York.
Johnson quickly rectified the issue with his own tweet:
Have to be more careful when scrolling through my Twitter feed. The tweet I most recently favorited was inadvertent.— Woody Johnson (@woodyjohnson4) December 17, 2014
In another development, Cimini reported on Dec. 17 that New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, who spent six seasons with the Jets, is upset at the thought of Ryan getting fired after the 2014 season.
In his media conference call on Wednesday, Revis expressed dismay over Ryan's situation in New York, per Cimini:
"It's kind of sad for the position that Rex is in right now, but at the same time [the record is] something they've got to change.
"I'm really not trying to pay attention to [the Jets' struggles], I'm really not. Me and Rex have a lot of history and we all know that. Some of those guys are dear to my heart and everything, but like I said, I've got to focus on the things that I am doing here, and I wish Rex the best."
The Jets traded Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. The Jets-Patriots showdown on Dec. 21 will mark the second time Revis will face Rex and the Jets since that controversial deal. Cimini says Ryan was interested in re-acquiring Revis' services prior to the 2014 season. The feeling was reportedly mutual on Revis' part.
However, the Jets decided not to make a move on Revis after the Bucs released him. According to the ESPN New York update, Ryan could only smile when asked how much he misses Revis.
Cimini stresses Ryan has coached in exactly "the same number of games with and without Revis." In the 47 games with Revis, Ryan went 27-20. New York was second in total defense and fifth in points allowed. In the 47 games without him, the Jets are just 18-29. The team slipped five notches in total defense and an astonishing 17 in points allowed.
Injuries and other questionable roster moves have made the Jets' cornerback situation less than desirable -- New York has allowed 29 touchdowns while picking off just five passes, per Cimini.
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