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Rex Ryan Talked a Big Game, but His Jets Came Up Small Versus Giants
Head coach Rex Ryan reaped what he sowed Saturday, watching the New York Jets (8-7) get beaten 29-14 by the New York Giants (8-7) after stating that his team has been New York's best since he took the reins in 2009.
"Certainly we were the best team the last two years. We made the playoffs," Ryan said this past Monday. "To say a team is better than you that never made the playoffs is ridiculous. Clearly we were the better team my first two years here. We get to prove it on Saturday who the best team is this year. Quite honestly, both of us are having [a] disappointing year. Whoever [wins] this game is clearly the best team in New York."
Both teams have had an up and down year, but Gang Green's slim chances of reaching the playoffs are now a lot slimmer heading into Week 17. The Giants have control of their destiny, needing a win over the Dallas Cowboys on New Year's Day to capture the NFC East title.
After the game, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs candidly expressed his thoughts of Ryan.
"It's just the way they (the Jets) do things," Jacobs, referring to the trash-talking preceding Saturday's game, told ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio. "Rex Ryan is a very disrespectful b_____. And that's just the way he do things. I'm glad we came out here and gave it to 'em. I wish I could have got a chance to go over there on that sideline, but I never had a chance to get over there."
The rant continued after Paolantonio paraphrased a portion of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin's response to Ryan's salvo. Paolantonio told Jacobs, "Your coach said at the beginning of the week, 'Talk is cheap. Let's play.'"
"And that's what they didn't do," Jacobs said. "They got a big-mouth coach—a big mouth and a big-belly coach that talks too much, and now he finally shut up."
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