Hey, Jets: Big Blue's your daddy, says Rolle
August, 26, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
As far as Antrel Rolle's concerned, the Jets and Rex Ryan can have their "Big Brother" title.
"[Ryan] can say that they're the big brothers, but we're their fathers," Rolle said. "That's my comment on that."
Rolle's barb was the latest in a back-and-froth between the Jets and Giants that's been brewing the past few days. The two teams will face off in a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Monday at 7 p.m.
It started on Wednesday, when Giants DE Justin Tuck made a passing comment about the name of the stadium the Giants and Jets share, saying "it'll always be Giants Stadium" even though MetLife purchased the naming rights this week.
Ryan responded on Thursday, taking issue with Tuck's words.
"I think of it as MetLife Stadium and it's the home of the New York Jets," he said on a conference call with reporters. "I guess he can think of it that way. (He's) probably one of the only guys that think of it that way. I certainly won't think of it that way."
Ryan sparked the Jets rivalry with the Giants recently by writing in his book that the Jets were the Giants' "Big Brother" and said they would remain so for the next ten seasons.
He backed those comments on Thursday.
"I'm not backing down from one comment," Ryan said. "I believe we are the best team in New York. My goal is to be the best team in the National Football League, not just in New York. I'm not backing down one bit from that statement. I believe that will be the case."
Mark Sanchez said on Friday that it is up to Ryan's players to prove Ryan's theory.
"No matter what he says he’s our coach and that's the direction he's leading us," the third-year quarterback said. "That's something we need to prove as players . We need to play well enough to prove that statement right."