Rex Ryan asks Jets fans to show their colors
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan said he didn't really notice all the "Terrible Towels" that Pittsburgh Steelers fans were twirling at MetLife Stadium last Sunday.
But others noticed. It may not have hurt the Jets, but it certainly didn't help to have a sizable amount of the other team's fans in their building.
Ryan Thursday asked Jets fans going to this Sunday's game against the Patriots to wear green. Fans also will be given "Jet Up! Green Out" towels upon entering. Green beer will be on sale in some locations.
"What I'm looking at is a sea of green so the Patriots get to see that," Ryan said. "We'd like to have our fans wear green for this game if they wouldn't mind. That would be fantastic to support us that way."
Ryan said it wasn't his brainstorm to ask this of fans.
"I just kind of like the idea," he said. "You know what, New England, it's our last shot at you this year. Let's green up here a little bit and show our colors. You just don't have to beat us, you have to beat our fans. I like that combination."
Special-teams coordinator Ben Kotwica said Josh Cribbs will return kickoffs Sunday and could team with Jeremy Kerley on punt returns. Kotwica said of Cribbs: "I'm excited to integrate him in there and get him going. He's got that burst we've been looking for."
Santonio Holmes still hasn't run since suffering a hamstring injury on Sept. 29. Ryan said "it doesn't look good" for a return this week. Holmes said he was annoyed that he had to interrupt his treatment to meet with the media. "How am I feeling right now?" he said. "Like you guys are interrupting my treatment time right now. That's how I'm feeling." . . . Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said quarterback David Garrard has "done very good . . . He's gotten extra work after practice, he's gotten extra work with the conditioning. We see how that works here pretty quick." The Jets have until Monday to decide whether to add Garrard to the roster.