The Miami Dolphins travel to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football.
As the 6-5 Dolphins fight to stay in the AFC playoff hunt, the Jets coach and GM fight to keep their jobs.
A grass roots movement of Jets fans attempt to get the team’s owner Woody Johnson to fire second-year General Manager John Idzik.
They have raised enough money on their website to bankroll a couple of attention grabbing publicity stunts. On November 5, a plane carrying the banner “Fire John Idzik” circled the Jets practice field for about 20 minutes. They also paid for a billboard on Route 3 in East Rutherford, right next to the stadium, directed at the Jets owner that reads, “Woody Johnson – Fire John Idzik or sell the Jets.”
Many fans driving to the game Monday night will see this banner, situated on an active highway leading to the stadium.
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 5, 2014
— Bumper DeJesus (@bumperdejesus) November 25, 2014
— FireJohnIdzik.com (@FireJohnIdzik) November 7, 2014
Johnson, a great-grandson of Robert Wood Johnson, the founder of Johnson and Johnson, isn’t happy with all the bad publicity. So, it’s possible this grassroots movement could impact him.
It’s almost a forgone conclusion that Jets the Jets will fire Coach Rex Ryan, who will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year, after the season.
Idzik’s future isn’t as clear.
The General Manager picked West Virginia QB Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 draft, and has attached his wagon to him. Smith was considered a marginal NFL QB prospect, who many think Idzik overrated. Smith played so poorly over the first half of this season that Ryan benched him the last three games in favor of Mike Vick.
But after a bad game by Vick against Buffalo last Monday night in Detroit, Idzik’s Jets are going back to Smith. Perhaps Idzik thinks that if his handpicked QB shows promise down the stretch, the GM can impress the owner, and save his job. If Smith struggles down the stretch of this season, it stands to reason Idzik will be on very thin ice.
Many Jets fans hope Johnson offers not only “No More Tears” in his family’s baby shampoo, but also with his football team, and makes some needed changes.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins hope they can come into the Meadowlands and take out the dysfunctional Jets to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.