Rex: I won't back down

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
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Jets coach Rex Ryan admits that there might have been too much talk before the Giants game. But even though it led to a near brawl with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and his, “Time to shut up, fat boy,” after the game, Ryan won’t change.

“The day I walked in here, I felt that I didn’t want to be the little brother or whatever,” Ryan said. “That’s who I am. So , do I regret it? No. Did it work out? Nope, it never worked out.”

The Giants won the game 29-14 despite the fact that the Jets led in many offensive statistics, such as passing yardage, first downs and time of possession. Ryan may have hopes the Jets didn’t run the ball more, but he wouldn’t have changed what he said during the week leading to the game.

“I’m never going to say I regret anything that I believe in my heart,” Ryan said.

As to whether he had anything to say about his near-skirmish with Jacobs, “To me, I talked about that after the game,” Ryan said. “I said it was a private conversation that we had and I really have nothing else to add to it.”

Then came another of the famous Ryan predictions. From a man who didn’t hesitate to predict a Super Bowl the day he arrived as the Jets head coach, what’s a little guarantee of job security? But at the same time, Ryan ate a pretty big helping of humble pie the day after Christmas.

“When I leave this job, 10 or 15 years from now, I’m going to be true to myself,” Ryan said. “And you know maybe it’s not the traditional way of doing things or whatever, but for me this is who I am, this is how I believe. I made the statements and like I said before, I’ll stand by everything I said.
Did it work out? No, it never worked out and I’ll be the first one to say it never worked out.

“I’m responsible for that,” Ryan said, “and the Giants were the better team that day without question and I deserve the criticism that I take for it. I definitely deserve it.”

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