Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/1/12

Remember that false bravado New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was slinging around the Big Apple only a year ago? Guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory for Gang Green, having curtains hung up in MetLife Stadium to cover murals of the New York Giants' past success and relishing a 17-3 preseason victory over Big Blue in which he received that ridiculous Snoopy Trophy? Well, that's all out the window now and a humbled Ryan admitted on Thursday he'd like his team to be a lot more like the Giants.

"I want to win, I want to be special. Just like the Giants were last year, I want to be special. So that's what's driving me," Ryan said.

How the "mighty" have fallen. Less than two years removed from ripping the Giants apart for an entire chapter in his book, referring to the Jets as the "Big Brother" in this town, Ryan now envies the Giants and their accomplishments … wishing nothing more than to experience a tiny bit of their success.

"I admit it, I made a mistake by saying all that stuff before," said Ryan.

Alas, the Giants' motto proved true once again: "Talk is cheap. Play the game." They won it all with the Jets sitting at home watching. And ironically, their run to Super Bowl XLVI truly began with a 29-14 victory over Gang Green in week 16 … a game that ended with Ryan and running back Brandon Jacobs going toe-to-toe.

We'll miss Ryan running his mouth, but then again, something tells us this more subdued head coach persona will likely be short lived.

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