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Rex isn't going to change his act

Tom Coughlin and Rex Ryan after the game.

Tom Coughlin and Rex Ryan after the game. (Dec. 24, 2011) Photo Credit: David Pokress

Rex Ryan isn't about to change his approach.

Ryan was blustery all week leading up to Saturday's 29-14 loss to the Giants, constantly mentioning how he never ventured to New York to be a second-class citizen. He also talked about how the Jets were the better team in town the past two years since they had been to consecutive AFC title games.

But after the game, several Giants -- with running back Brandon Jacobs being the most vocal -- indicated Ryan's words fired them up, giving them a little extra incentive to silence the Jets' brash coach. Ryan, however, isn't about to apologize for speaking his mind. Still.

"That's who I am," Ryan said Monday. "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. 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."

Ryan once again wouldn't get into the conversation he had with Jacobs.

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


Extra points

Safety Brodney Pool, who left the game when he was barreled over on Ahmad Bradshaw's 14-yard TD run, is medically cleared. "He had some headaches during the game, but he stayed in there and passed all of the concussion tests," Ryan said . . . Safety Eric Smith is fighting through a knee injury but should be OK.

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