Leonard Williams said on Sunday he didn’t appreciate getting booed.
Joe Judge told him it will only make the cheering feel better.
"I love the passion of our fans," Judge said on Monday. "I say it all the time, it’s New York. What did you expect? It’s supposed to be tough, you know? You have to work hard for their respect and when you earn it, it’s that much more valuable."
Williams started the battle no athlete can ever win when he showed disdain toward booing fans at MetLife Stadium on Sunday walking off the field at halftime, then followed up by suggesting they shouldn’t express their displeasure in such a way.
"They do bother me honestly," he said. "Obviously, we’re in our own home stadium. I don’t want to be hearing boos from my own fans… I don’t think anyone deserves to be put down no matter who you are."
It was a misguided sentiment at any point in any season, but after a 38-11 loss that dropped the team to 1-5 on the season and 0-3 at home it came off as especially tone deaf. Coming from a player who has spent his entire career in New York with the Jets and Giants made it odder still.
Nate Solder on Monday said he had not spoken to Williams about his actions or remarks, but tried to at least turn that fight with fans into a stalemate.
"We can take it two ways," Solder said of the vocal disapproval that has become the unofficial soundtrack at MetLife Stadium in recent years. "We could say, ‘Oh, they hate us.’ Or, you can say, ‘Hey, they're really wanting the best for us. They really want us to see improvement. They really want their team to be what it could be.’ That’s how we are, too, so we're all together on that."
Solder even noted that he has science on his side.
"I heard about this study once that said the testosterone levels of the fans goes down after a loss," he said, referring to University of Utah research that did in fact show a 20% rise or dip in the hormone depending on the outcome of a man’s favorite team. "What that tells me is they’re in it with us. They're in there, tooth and nail, they're fighting the fights in their minds and going through it with us emotionally. I think I understand where they're coming from because, quite frankly, we feel the same way a lot of times. We are not playing up to our standards.
We need to continue to play better, so we're with them on that. We want to see improvement as much as they do."
Maybe if and when they do, the positivity they hear will sound that much sweeter.