FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- For the second straight day, a banner-toting aircraft hovered over New York Jets practice.
This time, the Jets laughed about it.
Practicing indoors because of rain, they flew a toy helicopter -- about one foot in length -- over the field as the players went through stretching exercises. A few players, noticing the toy, looked up and smiled as they watched it buzz above the 50-yard line, about 40 feet off the ground.
Attached to the helicopter was a small banner that read, "Go Jets!"
After a couple of minutes, a member of the Jets' support staff retrieved the helicopter and took it away.
Say this for the Jets, who have lost eight straight: They have a sense of humor.
Coach Rex Ryan said it was his idea to fly the helicopter. It came one day after a real plane flew over the team's outdoor practice for 20 minutes, carrying a "Fire John Idzik" banner. Idzik, the general manager, was on the field, along with owner Woody Johnson.
Ryan wanted to lighten the mood and send a message.
"The message is, we're in this together," said Ryan, who expressed his displeasure Wednesday with the anti-Idzik sentiment. "We all recognize 1-8, but we're in it together at 1-8, and that's the way it is.
"It's not about pointing blame. We're all to blame, but we're going to fix it -- at least we're darn determined to fix it."
Idzik wasn't present to witness the helicopter ploy. He was out of town on a scouting trip.
Ryan, whose own job is in jeopardy, joked that he wanted to "buzz the tower a little bit" -- meaning fly the helicopter near the dozen or so reporters who observed practice from a second-floor perch.
An unidentified woman, described as a "disgruntled fan" by the owner of a local aerial advertising company, paid close to $1,000 to have it done.
Idzik wasn't made available Wednesday to comment on it, but he apparently was miffed.
"What do you think I think?" he told a New York Post reporter during a chance meeting at the airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he landed Thursday on a scouting trip. Idzik also said "we'll get this straight," referring to the season.
The second-year GM has come under fire for the Jets' 1-8 start. Some of his personnel moves have backfired and he was pilloried for his midseason news conference, during which he opened with a 19-minute monologue that painted a rosy picture of the team's outlook.