FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan expressed disappointment Monday that superfan Fireman Ed has decided to walk away, but the Jets' coach said the famous "J-E-T-S!" chant will live on.
"I was disappointed," Ryan said. "I love that guy's passion and energy he would bring. He's a great fan. I really admire him. He was great. If we do our job on the field, that 'Jets' chant will continue."
That's a big 'if.' The Jets are 4-7, having lost four of their last five games. In fact, they're 2-4 at home, having endured three blowouts -- losing margins of 34, 21 and 30 points.
"I like Fireman Ed," Ryan said. "If he could play linebacker, I'd use him."
Fireman Ed -- aka Ed Anzalone -- announced Sunday night that he will hang up his helmet because of too many confrontations with other Jets fans.