Rex Ryan wants stadium full of Jets fans

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan doesn't want to see any violence in the stands on Sunday night.

But that doesn't mean he wants to see any Dallas Cowboys jerseys in the crowd.

Ryan drew harsh criticism from several media outlets for comments he made Wednesday afternoon, which were thought to discourage and scare Cowboys fans from attending Sunday's season opener between the two teams at MetLife Stadium, which also marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

"I don't know why they'd be here," Ryan said. "They're coming into our stadium. It's probably not recommended that you wear your Cowboys stuff, I would think."

Ryan said Thursday, however, that his comments weren't intended that way.

"Well obviously, if it was taken that way, that certainly wasn't my intention," Ryan said. "There's so many guys that I've butted heads with probably over the years, I don't know which guy that is, but either way I didn't mean it to come out like that, if that's the way it was taken."

Recently, fan violence escalated in San Francisco, where a brawl between 49ers and Oakland Raiders fans during an August preseason game resulted in 70 ejections, 12 arrests and two parking lot shootings. This spring, San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten into a coma by a pair of Los Angeles Dodgers fans because he wore a Giants jersey into Dodger Stadium.

"I don't think our stadium needs to have visiting color jerseys," Ryan said. "I want to have our stadium filled, and if it's somebody else coming to enjoy a game, that's fine. I'm not calling for our guys to do anything; the safety of every fan is important to everybody in this organization, including me. But would I not prefer to see another color jersey? Absolutely. I would love to see our stadium just in our colors."

Cowboys fans have historically traveled quite well to East Rutherford -- especially when they played the New York Giants at Giants Stadium.

"We have a fanbase now where these tickets oughta be hard to get, and Jet fans aren't gonna give their tickets to the Cowboys fans," Ryan said. "I don't see our fans doing that."

Still, Ryan wants to see the stadium entirely green and white.

"Yesterday I touched on I don't want to see a Dallas Cowboys jersey. I don't," Ryan said. "We want our stadium to always be green and white. There's no doubt that's what we want in our stadium."

The Jets and Cowboys last met at the Meadowlands on Sept. 28, 2003, with Dallas coming away with a 17-6 victory over New York.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.