EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (PIX11) -- When your favorite sports team goes on an epic losing streak there’s only so much pouting and swearing one can do.
For a few local Jets fans, they decided to take it a step further in wake of Gang Green’s disastrous 1 and 8 season.
The group launched a website -- FireJohnIdzik.com -- calling on the Jets to fire General Manager John Idzik, the man they say is the central player in a devastating season.
“He has completely ruined the roster and it will probably take years to rebuild it,” explained the site’s co-founder Greg Kohler, who adds he along with others are “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
Kohler along with friends Matthew Wolferman and brothers Jason and Jared Koeppel initially aimed to raise $10,000 which would go toward erecting a billboard advocating for the GM’s ousting.
However, a surge in donations brought in well over their goal – $13,170 to be exact – which is enough for three billboards near Metlife Stadium where their message will be loud and clear.
“It really has been overwhelming,” Kohler said, referring to the reception the movement has received online.
“It really is a cause that people are getting behind more so than just Jets fans that want to get rid of a general manager,” he said. “It seems to be giving a voice to sports fans in general saying if people bind together especially with these big sports franchises that are worth billions of dollars maybe we can bring some change.”
A static billboard will go up at exit 65 on Route 80, just east of Route 17 near Hackensack for 3 weeks starting November 17th. While their message will be on rotation on two digital billboards along Route 3 just a half mile away from Metlife starting November 10th until the end of the year.
It appears they are not alone in this movement, after a plane sporting a banner that share the same sentiment of “Fire John Idzik” was spotted circling the Jets practice facility Thursday afternoon.
Since reaching their goal, the firejohnidzik.com campaign is turning to charity.
According to its founders, $5 from every t-shirt sold past its goal will go to benefit the Children's Hospitals in Cincinnati and Philadelphia for pediatric cancer care and research to support Leah Still, the cancer stricken daughter of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still.
More information can be found at http://www.booster.com/fire-idzik
To learn more about their movement, visit their website http://www.firejohnidzik.com/AlertMe