Has all of Rex Ryan's trash talk put undue pressure on the Jets to back up his bold words? After losing to the Giants, 29-14, and losing control of their playoff destiny cornerback Darrelle Revis and the Jets' coach both insisted the trash talk didn't lead to overconfidence.
Revis said that if people could hear everything that is said on the field, they would be shocked. It's just that some of the kind of thing that is said made it into the local newspapers leading up to Saturday's clash of crosstown rivals.
"We may talk the talk, but we've got to walk the walk, too," Revis said. "Trash talking is a part of football. That won't be left out. What happened this week with us trash-talking back and forth, that's part of the game. You can't get mad at that. You've just got to step up when it's time to play."
Ryan was gracious after the game, taking responsibility for the loss on his shoulders. At the same time, he gave every indication that he has no plans of eliminating the bold talk and predictions from his playbook any time soon.
"I don't want to be the second-best team in this city," Ryan said. "No chance. I'm not signing up for that. We'll play them again. We'd be more than happy to go play them right now, but we're going to have to wait four years."
After again giving the Giants credit for being the better team on Saturday, Ryan threw a bouquet to Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whose reserved style is the antithesis of his own. "They did a better job coaching and all that stuff, and that's where it starts," Ryan said. "I've said a lot of good things about Tom Coughlin before, and it's because I mean them. He's a heck of a football coach. We had some opportunities, but we just didn't come up with the victory today."