New York Jets' head coach Rex Ryan makes me glad my NFL team of choice is the New York Giants. In fact, I think Roaring Rex makes me glad my team of choice is anyone besides the Jets -- withe the possible exception of the Cincinnati Bengals.
In case you haven't heard, Roaring Rex has written a book, and as you might expect the excerpts that have been released from "Play Like You Mean It" are typically boorish and bombastic. Pretty much exactly what you would expect. Ryan rips the Giants, and a bunch of former Jets.
Here are his comments on the Giants:
"Some people like to say the Giants are the big brother team and the Jets are the little brother team. … I have news for you: We are the better team. We are the big brother. ...
"When people ask me what it’s like to share New York with the Giants, my response is always I am not sharing it with them – they are sharing it with me. … It seems clear that right now we are the better team and we are going to remain the better team for the next 10 years. Whether you like it or not, those are the facts and that’s what is going to happen."
Ryan lambasts ex-Jets Kerry Rhodes and Vernon Gholston, among others, in the book. Sorry, but the more he talks the less I like him.
I guess a lot of that is because I was always taught growing up that if you had to talk about it, that means you really hadn't done anything. Actions speak louder than words, as they say, and while the Jets are better under Ryan they still haven't accomplished anything.
He might be right that the Jets have been better than the Giants the last couple of years. Who knows, he might even wind up being right that the Jets will be better for the next 10 -- although history shows that the Giants are traditionally better run and a more consistent contender.
I could care less. I will root for the team, and the organization, with class. And that is not one with Rex Ryan as its head coach.