Banner season: Another flyover at Jets practice

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Frustrated fans have again taken to the air against the Jets.

Another banner-toting plane calling for the ouster of embattled New York general manager John Idzik circled the field during practice for several minutes Wednesday.

The banner, which appeared during the early portion of practice, read: "PENALTY FLAG DAY 12/21 FIREJOHNIDZIK.COM" in 5-foot capital red letters. The message was a reminder that the fan site has been issuing about 10,000 yellow towels — deemed "penalty flags" — at New York- and New Jersey-area bars, urging owner Woody Johnson to "clean house" by firing Idzik, team president Neil Glat and senior personnel executive Terry Bradway.

Fans are expected to bring the towels to the Jets' home finale Sunday against New England at MetLife Stadium.

None of the men mentioned on the towels appeared to be at practice while reporters watched the plane.

Idzik has received the majority of criticism for his personnel decisions during his two years as general manager. Bradway has been heavily involved with personnel for the Jets since 2001, when he was hired as the team's GM before being reassigned in 2006. Glat has been the team president since 2012, dealing with the business operations and not player moves or personnel.

Johnson added to the situation Tuesday night by accidentally pressing "favorite" on a tweet by a fan, who wrote on Twitter that the Jets need to fire Idzik. The Jets owner later tweeted: "Have to be more careful when scrolling through my Twitter feed. The tweet I most recently favorited was inadvertent."

On Nov. 5, a plane with a banner paid for by a fan that read "FIRE JOHN IDZIK" circled Jets practice for 20 minutes. The team playfully responded the next day when coach Rex Ryan sent up a toy helicopter at the beginning of practice at the indoor facility with a small banner that read: "Go Jets."


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