We shared the news earlier today that NY Jets superfan Fireman Ed, who for decades has fueled home crowds with his famous “J-E-T-S!” cheer, has decided to Q-U-I-T. Rex Ryan weighed in on the situation. Check out what he had to say about it…
From Marc Sessler at NFL.com:
Ed blamed an increasingly ugly tone at the stadium — and not the flailing team — but his departure hit home with coach Rex Ryan, whose 4-7 outfit sits on the distant fringes of the playoff picture.
“I love that guy’s passion and energy that he would bring. He’s a great fan,” Ryan told reporters Monday. “I really admire him. He was great. But I think if we do our job on the field, that Jet chant will continue, but I certainly appreciate Fireman Ed.”
In a rare show of levity this season, Ryan — somber in recent pressers — gave a loud chuckle when one reporter suggested the coach appeared visibly affected by Anzalone’s march into the abyss.
“Well I like Fireman Ed, man,” Ryan said. “If he could play linebacker or whatever, I’d use him. I like him. I don’t know what to say. I do, I appreciate him.”