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“Ryan clearly has been converted on the issue after a history of NFL fines for inappropriate fan interaction. Ryan received a $75,000 fine for cursing at a fan last November and a $50,000 fine for sending an obscene hand gesture to another fan at a mixed martial arts event in February 2010. "I learned from it, I think the team learned from it, we keep the head down and go right in the locker room," Ryan said. "Obviously, I made a huge mistake there. I hope I wasn't the only one that learned from it. Just go in, and people are entitled to what they want to say." The Jets have been addressing their angry fan base a lot this week. Last Thursday, as the Jets gave up five second-quarter touchdowns to the visiting Patriots, the Jets' most famous fan, Ed Anzalone, left the building. He later said he would no longer go to games as "Fireman Ed" because of negative interactions with Jets fans, and Ryan said he was sorry to see Anzalone take that stance. "You've got to appreciate our fans," Ryan said. "Obviously in the good times, it's much easier than in the bad times, so I had that conversation with Bart." Adding to Scott's frustration is that he has been hampered by turf toe this season, playing even though one of his toes is swollen to about twice its normal size. Ryan said that Scott's toe injury has slowed him this season, but his passion and energy mean a lot to the team. "Trust me, Bart can cover still; it's just that he's not 100 percent, but he's still good enough," Ryan said. "The way he's attacking the run and doing different things, Bart -- he doesn't hurt us, let's put it that way, he helps us -- and I think that's where I'm coming from a guy who's obviously frustrated that he's not 100 percent but, him at what he is now, he still brings that intensity, that passion, that physical play that I really appreciate." At 4-7, the Jets will face the Cardinals at home on Sunday. The team is doing so poorly that some fans have suggested losses wouldn't be the worst thing if it means a higher draft pick in the spring. "I want to apologize to those fans right now, because there's no way we're tanking anything," Ryan said. "No way. There's nobody in this organization that feels that way. We're going to go out and we're going to compete to win every single game, and that's just the way it is."
The thing that makes this game so great is the players and the fans, and that's the truth.” -- Rex Ryan