After practice, Ryan said the stunt was his idea and served as a message to his 1-8 team that the Jets remain "all in it together."
"I dont know if you noticed the helicopter out there today," Ryan said with a grin. "I admit it -- it came from me."
It was a lighthearted moment facilitated by Ryan, who came to his general manager's defense after the plane incident became the big news out of Wednesday's practice. Four straight non-winning seasons will likely doom Ryan come January, but it's good to see he's retained his sense of humor.