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Rex Ryan looking for homefield advantage

Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York

Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets yells from the sideline during their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Sept. 13, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Mindful of the Jets’ 2-2 home record (as opposed to 5-0 on the road) and their tendency to start games slowly, coach Rex Ryan called on fans attending Sunday’s game against the Texans to help out by eating and drinking earlier in the parking lot.

No, seriously. Ryan wants tailgating fans to get in their seats earlier to give the home team a boost.

“I kind of figured it out,” Ryan said on Wednesday. “The last [home] game, the tailgating, I understand, was exceptional. I’m asking our fans that we start our tailgate a little earlier and by the time introductions come out that we’ve got a butt in every seat. I think it’s going to show the commitment that we have to each other, the team, the fans, that we’re in there for introductions.

“Because quite honestly we haven’t started fast, on offense, in particular, at home. So I’m challenging our offense, I’m challenging our fans, I’m challenging everybody, myself included, to start fast. We do that by getting a little charge going even at introductions. Let ’em know we’re there. Our team’s going to let Houston know that we’re here and then our fans will also.”

Ryan is hopeful the Jets will host some playoff games. So of course it’s important for the team to turn New Meadowlands Stadium into a true homefield advantage.

He said the 2-2 home mark is “not sitting well with our fans, not sitting well with our team,” Ryan said. “We’re going make this a homefield advantage.”


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