Head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik strutted around in their wireless headsets, their voices magnified 10 times to the fans in front of them while their images were enlarged 10 times on the screen behind them. The fans reacted with cheers and applause.
It had all the excitement of an Apple new product launch. But it wasn't quite that way. Ryan, Idzik, owner Woody Johnson, president Neal Glat and the Jets were thanking season ticket holders for their support with their annual Town Hall, this time not in the team auditorium but rather at the legendary scarlet-and-gold Ziegfeld Theater in midtown Manhattan.
The best way to capture the evening is in jump cuts and sound bites. Here are 12 highlights of Wednesday night's Town Hall:
■ Woody on Rex: "Football's a tough sport, a man's sport, very, very challenging. Rex gets everybody's attention. It's magic."
■ Idzik spoke first and detailed the free agents who returned to our team, the other FAs who came from other teams, and the 12 draft choices. "We identify the right players, the right people, and they play and act like New York Jets."
■ Idzik on LB
■ Idzik in front of some clips of new RT
■ With the clips of top draft pick
■ Finally here, Idzik on those who doubt fourth-round WR
■ After Idzik went through all 12 draft choices, it was Rex's turn to take the floor. "Now you see," he said of his praise for our '14 draft class, "why I talk all the noise that I do."
■ Ryan weighing in on Pryor: "He reminds me of Jack Tatum — an enforcer back there."
■ Rex, like a favorite college professor, took the season ticket holders through a quick partial installment of a defensive game plan — the fire zone blitz part. Defensive play calls such as Wolf (for Wide), Boa (for Boundary) and Cougar (for Closed) illustrate just a little of his "KILL" philosophy for communicating his scheme to his players: "Keep It Likeable and Learnable."
■ Besides the Jets' brain trust, illustrious Green & White alumni helped fill the Ziegfeld, among them Greg Buttle, Bruce Harper and Kenny Schroy. Voice of the Jets Bob Wischusen hosted the evening. And the fans seemed to appreciate it, possibly because Ryan and Idzik were fans themselves who had fathers who were Jets coaches. "I think I connect with the fans for the simple fact that I was one of them," Rex said. "It's not just our team. It's their team."