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The relationship between New York Jets players and the team's fans is not at its high point after a 24-17 drubbing at the hands of the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

By SI Wire
September 28, 2014

The relationship between New York Jets players and the team's fans is not at its high point after a 24-17 drubbing at the hands of the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Quarterback Geno Smith cursed at a fan, prompting an apology from the second-year signalcaller. And Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson also had a simple message for fans chanting for Michael Vick to replace Smith: "Shut up." And he told fans that if they don't like Smith as quarterback, they should produce a child to get to that level instead.

"Shut up," Richardson said, according to NJ.com. "If that's the case, produce a child to make it to the NFL and then let's see what he got. Other than that, just shut up. We've got coaches to do that."

Smith reportedly told a fan, "F— you," after the game, during which he completed 17 of 33 passes for 209 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception, and also lost a fumble. But despite the fans' chants of, "We want Vick!" Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he's not considering a quarterback change. 

"I'm not going to replace him," Ryan said. "I feel good about Geno, and again, I think he's gonna get it turned. He's a tough, resilient young man, and I think we're going to win."

The loss dropped the Jets to 1-3 ahead of next week's contest against the 3-1 Chargers.

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-Brett LoGiurato

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