With the Jets facing a Jaguars-style struggle to sell tickets (given the decision to use PSLs on a widespread basis) and owner Woody Johnson guaranteeing that, regardless of how it all turns out, home games won’t be blacked out locally, the story isn’t complete until the head coach chimes in on the matter.
And the head coach says it’s not his job to worry about filling up the seats.
‘I’ll be honest with you. I’m there to whip somebody’s ass,” Ryan told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News. “So it doesn’t matter who’s there, who’s not there,
whatever. I would love to have our stadium full and the fans going
crazy and supporting us. That’s what you want. I feel it. We felt the
energy from those fans.”
Myers then asked Ryan whether he’d be disappointed if the PSLs don’t sell.
“I don’t care,” Ryan said. “I’m going out there to whip somebody’s ass.
Home. Away. That’s my job. I don’t know the finances, people’s issues or
whatever. I just know that we’re going to be a team that you’ll want to
watch and you’ll want to come out. I’m going to say this: Our team over
any team in the league — I would think you’d want to watch our team.”
It’s a far different tone than the one Ryan struck as the Jets prepared to host the Patriots last year. Back then, a voice message from Ryan was sent to all season ticket holders pleading with them to show up, and to be very loud.
Less than a year later, he has become ambivalent.
We think we liked him better the other way.