Rex Ryan is once again asking the fans to show up and be as loud as we can. I think most fans plan to do that. What dictates the noise is the play on the field. I think this is obvious, but just in case it isn't I'll explain. Yes, we go into the stadium a little jacked up IF we are asked to be loud. If something goes our way, we build on that. If something goes against us, we get a little quiet. If something goes terribly wrong, oh we get loud again and the boo birds start showing their heads. I've been to every game this year except the Bills game, and I can honestly say that on every Monday, I was struggling to talk. Just listen to me Monday Night after the first home game of the season vs. the Patriots. In the recording, I said that "I couldn't Help Myself, I have to scream"... Well, I'll most likely be loud again this week, but I may not scream as much as I did that first game. If the Jets lose this game, I'm shutting down the "Scream Machine".
As Bassett asks on his blog, is Ryan going to "the well too much"? Before the patriots game, Rex phoned and left a message on season ticket holder's phones. We delivered by handing a loss to the heavily favored Patriots. We, the fans, also received the game ball that week. I didn't get a voice mail this week and I feel that Rex didn't have plans to "Go to the Well" but it sounds like he was responding to a question. Here is Rex's Response:
On Fireman Ed… I never wanted to say anything (laughter) and I’m not a guy who points fingers or throws anybody under the bus, but you know what? It’s funny because that’s one guy that’s always ready. We had two games that we thought we had opportunities at and we didn’t get it done. Obviously, our team has got to give you reason to cheer and give our fans reason to cheer and that’s what we’re out to do this week. We do need to get that going. When we played New England, that was the loudest stadium I had ever been in. In that two-minute situation, it was unbelievable. There was no question this wasn’t just the Jets. This was their team, our fans’ team. We need a great effort this week, so I am challenging our fans. I know they’re going to challenge me, and rightfully so, but it’s my job to get this team ready to go. Be prideful that this is your football team and we can accomplish everything we set out to do and I think when we get that energy from our crowd, that might be the difference this week.
I'll make it simple: Win and I continue to scream, Lose and I'm going to save my voice. I'm still supporting the greatest team in professional sports and I WANT the Jets to win every game, but we the fans have done our part. It is now the players to do theirs. Go Jets!