Rex Ryan says ‘we’re gonna beat’ Patriots if Jets fans bring it
|10.15.13 at 3:30 pm ET|
How much of a difference can fans make this Sunday at MetLife Stadium? According to Jets coach Rex Ryan, all the difference in the world.
Ryan made a challenge and a guarantee Tuesday on his weekly appearance on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
He is asked Jets fans to re-create the loud environment that was present at the old Giants Stadium on Sept. 20, 2009, when the Patriots failed to reach the end zone and lost to the Jets, 16-9.
That day, led by linebackers Bart Scott and David Harris, the Jets hit Tom Brady early, often and hard bringing the Jets fans to a frenzy inside the stadium. Harris had three hits on Brady, Scott one and Darrelle Revis picked off a pass.
“If you make it like that,” Ryan told the radio audience, “we’re gonna beat this team.”
Like many newer stadiums, MetLife Stadium does not have a loud, intimate atmosphere. Rather, it’s cavernous and filled with club suite holders who watch much of the game behind glass doors. The louder fans are usually found in the upper level, far, far removed from the field.
Ryan recalled Tuesday that it was so loud that day in 2009 that he could feel the ground shaking beneath his feet. This, of course, will be New England’s first visit to MetLife Stadium since the epic “butt fumble” last Thanksgiving and – the Patriots hope – the first of two trips this season as Super Bowl XLVIII will be played there on Feb. 2, 2014.