Over the past several years, Rex Ryan has harped on about how the Jets are the best team in New York.
Prior to the Jets/Giants regular season game this past season, he was quoted in a press conference:
"Sure there's a lot of talk back and forth, most of it driven by me. But you know what, I’ll stand by everything I’ve ever said. I didn’t come here to be anybody’s little brother. I came here to win."
He continued, explaining his desire to be NY's number one team:
"There’s no way I’m going to be second fiddle. If we were playing the NY Yankees, I don’t want to be second fiddle to them."
While this may have been great for the back pages, it ultimately hurt the team. With the Giants winning the regular season matchup before ultimately bringing the Lombardi trophy home to New York, Big Blue did all their talking on the field.
This experience was an undoubtedly humbling one for Ryan, and a sound reminder that his only concern should be the Jets, a lesson that will certainly help him moving forward.