Jets fans raise $10,000 to put "Fire John Idzik" billboard near stadium
Drivers on the traffic-clogged highways around the Jets' home stadium will be greeted by a new billboard later this month, courtesy of some disgruntled football fans.
Over 300 Jets fans raised $10,000 to erect a billboard near MetLife Stadium with a simple message: Fire John Idzik.
The campaign was started by the fans who run FireJohnIdzik.com. The site's front page features a slideshow of failed Idzik draft picks and free-agent signings. It took five days to raise the money.
The billboard will be up "from late November until the beginning of 2015," the site's operators said in a statement, according to Metro NY. The location will be announced this week, presumably some time after the guys figure out which route Idzik takes to work.
Idzik, the team's second-year general manager, is taking the blame for the Jets' 1-8 start. After winning their season opener against the Raiders, the Jets have dropped eight straight games. Last week, after the team's seventh consecutive loss, Idzik held a press conference which the New York Daily News called "bizarre and uncomfortable." He opened with a rambling 20-minute monologue "in which he praised almost every Jet employee and talked fondly about seeing generations of Jets fans at games," the Daily News described.
At the press conference, Idzik said this season was "like you've been punched in the face." That was before his team tied the franchise record for longest losing streak, and before a bunch of people paid money to say they want him to lose his job.
- Dan Gartland