EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ: Sunday afternoon, Jets receiver Brandon Marshall got his first taste of a "J-E-T-S" chant led by the one known as 'Fireman Ed.'
He doesn't want it to be his last.
"There was a lot of energy out there," Marshall said after the Jets defeated the Browns, 31-10. "Something that I didn't think we had in the preseason and that was Fireman Ed getting us started. I know he's been gone for a little bit, but we need him, so I hope he's listening to this because there's a lot of talk that he's trying to pass the torc to someone else, but you can't duplicate that.
"We need him to get us going. It's not just the offense, defense and special teams, we need the 12th man and it starts with Fireman Ed. So, Fireman Ed, don't pass the torch."
Marshall was one of several Jets who had an impressive outing in New York's season-opening victory. The wideout caught six passes for 62 yards, while also forcing a fumble on a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception to give the ball back to the Jets.
Midway through the third quarter, Marshall caught his first touchdown as a Jet on a one-yard fade route. Right after catching the ball, he ran over to where 'Fireman Ed' had been sitting, looking to give him the game ball.
The only issue? Fireman Ed was nowhere to be found
"I was looking for him!" Marshall said. "We ended up connecting.
Before the game on Sunday, Fireman Ed wrote an open letter to Jets fans saying this would be his last go-about before passing the chant-leading to other fans. It'll be interesting to see if Ed hears Marshall's pleas and returns when the Jets take on the Philadelphia Eagles in two weeks for their next home game.