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N.Y. Jets: Rex Ryan Called, and The Fans Answered

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on from the sidelines during the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Kevin DeBenedettoCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

I'm sure everyone has heard already.

During the week leading up to the Patriots game, Rex Ryan left a voice mail for all season-ticket holders.

"I want it to be miserable out there. I want the Patriots to think there are 13 or 14 guys out on that field," he said.

Jets fans were impressed. They finally feel like they have a head coach worth rooting for. The mentality he brings to this team, everyone sees that he wants to win a Super Bowl as much as the fans need one.

Rex Ryan challenged the fans, and the fans responded.

Every seat was filled in that arena. No matter what the situation was, the fans were on their feet, screaming. The opening play of the game, they were on their feet. After the ghost call of Bart Scott's unnecessary roughing, they were on their feet.

After a demoralizing run by the Patriots to try and suck the life out of the fans, they were on their feet.

Reporters, analysts, and even the players all said they've never seen the Jets' fans that rowdy. The playoff game against the Colts? It didn't hold a candle to this crowd. The sheer madness of the crowd was overwhelming, and everyone saw it.

The Patriots, one of the most disciplined teams in the NFL today, had countless delays of game, false starts, and offsides. The fans did that to them. The fans were there, and made them rattled.

"Tom Brady was scared, I saw it in his eyes."

Those are the words of defensive end Shaun Ellis, fresh off his one-game suspension. "The fans were crazy, I've never seen them like that."

Adalius Thomas of the Patriots had this to say referring to legendary Fireman Ed.

"I don't know who that guy was, but the Jets should not charge him to get into the games. He is the captain of that stadium."

The mentality is there for the team. The team believes in themselves, the coaches believe, and the owner believes.

And now, the hardest critic to please, the fans believe.

So I dare you Rex Ryan, challenge the Jets fans again. Try to put them to another test, as the Jets are home again this week, hosting the Tennessee Titans. Make your calls, let the fans know you want them there yelling.

They'll be ready, screaming their lungs out at the game. Even if you don't make the call.

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