Like any NFL team after a sloppy game, the Jets are hoping to cut back on the penalties that haunted them this past Monday night in a home loss to the Dolphins. But a sizable group of Jets fans are hoping to see a lot of yellow flags in New York's final home game in Week 16; thing is, those flags won't be on the field or flying out of the pocket of officials.
Days after the FireJohnIdzik.com group unfurled banners that read 'Fire John Idzik' during the Monday night loss, the group is back at it. This time, they have plans to distribute 10,000 rally towels that will also read a message protesting Idzik, the Jets' second-year general manager, and asking for his ouster.
The group has billed the final game of the season against the Patriots as 'Penalty Flag Day' and has enlisted the help of several tri-state area bars to distribute the towels. All a fan needs to do is show up at a specific bar (locations will be announced by the group within the next few days) and show a ticket to the game. The bar will then give the fan five free towels. The hope is to fill MetLife Stadium with the colorful 'penalty flag towels' and make another protest statement.
This latest effort to push for the firing of Idzik comes after Monday night's demonstration, which saw a dozen banners secretly brought into the stadium and unfurled across sections of the upper deck during the early moments of the second quarter. Then late in the game, fans in the lower level in the end zone did the same thing during a field goal attempt, a moment that was clearly caught by ESPN cameras.
After that final protest, those fans were taken away by stadium security for violating MetLife Stadium's standard with regards to banners and signs being displayed. The fans were detained but no charges were pressed.
The towels will obviously not violate the banner ban in the stadium.