Rex Ryan reminded Bart Scott of a simple sports tenet: appreciate your fan base.
The Jets coach said Thursday that he had a conversation with the veteran linebacker after catching wind of his comments to Newsday and the Daily News.
Scott complained to Newsday columnist Neil Best that it’s easy for fans to unfairly criticize him and his teammates because they don’t know the pressures and the pain associated with being NFL players.
"They never stop to put themselves in our shoes, to see where we're coming from and understand what we're dealing with and understand what we're trying to do and what our job really is and how difficult our job is,'' the linebacker said,
"They don't care. They just call us bums. Like they could ever play or can understand the pressure. They couldn't make it through my high school practice, so why explain it?''
Scott also told the Daily News: “The person yelling at you probably was picked last in dodgeball all through high school. So do you care about the opinion of them? No.”
Ryan, of course, took umbrage to Scott’s reaction and made it a point to address the linebacker’s comments.
“Our fans deserve better and I was the first guy that would say that,” the Jets coach said. “What I mentioned to Bart is, you have to appreciate the fans. The things that makes this game so great is the players and the fans. And that’s the truth. Obviously there’s frustrations in the fact that we never accomplished what we wanted to do in that game (vs. New England) and the fans let us have it and they’ve got every right to.
“But you’ve got to appreciate our fans. Obviously, in the good times it’s much easier than in the bad times. So I had that conversation with Bart.”