"I just say, regardless of the talk, it will be decided at one o’clock
Saturday afternoon. Regardless of what is said. Talk is cheap, play the game,"
he said. "That is the way I’ve always believed."
When notified of the "talk is cheap" comments, Ryan once again defended
the way he's approaching this game
. On Monday, he said that the Jets have
undoubtedly been the best team in New York over the last two years and on
Tuesday, Ryan said that if the Jets lose to the Giants the blame would fall
squarely on his shoulders.
"Well yeah, that's the old saying 'talk is cheap, money buys whiskey' I
understand that," Ryan said. "And that's the truth but I don't care about Tom
Coughlin or anybody else. I know what I believe and I don't care of it's
acceptable and everybody -- I really don't care. I'm worried about my opinion,
this is how I feel and quite honestly I could care less what anybody thinks."
Ryan began to drum up fan sentiment for the game, opening his press
conference by encouraging Jets supporters to make it as much of a home field
advantage as possible. He said that the fans will be given white towels to wave
and that he hoped it would be an atmosphere similar to the 37-0 regular-season
finale win over the Bengals in 2009 that propelled the team into the playoffs.
When asked if anyone in a blue shirt should be stopped at the gate, Ryan said
he would normally pop off on something like that, but that he'd hold his tongue
So we ask Giants and Jets fans today, who's the better coach? We'll leave the
criteria and the judging up to you - both to vote in our poll and also to
explain your opinion in comments below - but here are a few nuts-and-bolts
points in comparison.
Tom Coughlin 78.43% (578
Rex Ryan 21.57% (159
Total Votes: 737
They both win. Ryan is now 28-18 (.609) and in his third season as a head
coach. He is 4-2 in the playoffs, with two straight AFC Championship losses and
some unkept promises on his record. Coughlin is 140-114 (.551) most of the way
through his 16th season, 72-54 (.571) with the Giants. He has a 8-7 playoff
record (4-3 with the Giants) and the 2007 Giants Super Bowl win to his credit.
To our knowledge, he hasn't made any public promises about where the Giants are
So you make the call, and you decide the terms on which you make that call -
who's the better coach, Rex Ryan or Tom Coughlin? Vote in our poll and explain
your vote below."