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No regrets for Rex

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right,

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, shakes hands with New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin after an NFL football game. (Dec. 24, 2011) Credit: AP

Rex Ryan was forced to eat a heaping helping of humble pie on Saturday, all because of the statements he had been making leading up to their 29-14 loss to the Giants.

Ryan openly talked about how he didn't come here to New York to be the little brother in town, and was sure the Jets were now the big brothers casting the large shadows, especially since they had been to the AFC title game for two straight years. But after Saturday's game, several Giants indicated Ryan's words about wanting to take over the town fired them up, perhaps giving them a little extra incentive to silence the Jets coach.

Still, Ryan isn't about to apologize for speaking his mind.

"That's who I am," Ryan said this afternoon on a conference call. "So, do I regret it? No. Did it work out? Nope, it never worked out. But I’m not ever going to regret something I believe in my heart, and I’ve always said from Day One that I’m going to be true to myself. When I leave this job 15 years from now, I’m going to be true to myself.

"Maybe it’s not the traditional way of doing things or whatever," he added. "But for me, this is who I am, this is how I believe. I made the statements and as I said before, I'll stand by everything I said. Did it work out? No, and I’ll be the first one to say it never worked out. I’m responsible for that. Obviously, the Giants were the better team that day, without question. So, I deserve the criticism that I take for it. I definitely deserve it."

Ryan didn't have anything to say regarding his less-than-friendly conversation with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs on the field in the aftermath of their loss.

"I talked about that after the game and I said it was a private conversation that we had," Ryan said. "I really have nothing else to add to it."

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