Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 12/20/11

You’ve got to give Rex Ryan credit. Even after an absolute drubbing — at the hands of what some would call an inferior opponent — it’s never say die for the Jets’ braggadocios coach.

During a conference call with reporters Monday, Ryan insisted that he nor his team are taking a beat seat to the Giants, whom the Jets square off with Saturday, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“Quite honestly, I never came here to be little brother to anybody,” Ryan said. “So, it’s on.”

Ryan, who dubbed his squad the “big brother” of New York football in his book, bluntly stated that Gang Green has performed better than Big Blue in recent memory, and is ready to prove it on the field.

“Certainly, we were the better team the first two years,” Ryan said. “We made the playoffs and went to the championship game. To say a team’s better than you that never made the playoffs, just is ridiculous. Clearly, we were the better team my first two years. And we get to prove it on Saturday who the best team is this year.”

Although he peppered Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and coach Tom Coughlin, Ryan, true to his personality, finally said it outright.

“I recognize that they’re an excellent football team, but I think we’re better,” Ryan said.

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