So much for the Christmas spirit.
Shortly after the New York Giants defeated the New York Jets 29-14 at MetLife Stadium, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs unloaded on Jets head coach Rex Ryan in a tirade for the ages.
“Rex Ryan is a disrespectful bastard,” Jacobs said to ESPN, later adding, “The Jets have a big-mouthed, big-bellied coach that talks too much.”
“You need to shut up,” Jacobs said. “He’s a great coach, and I take nothing away from him. Comes from a great coaching family, but he just needs to shut up.”
That was Jacobs’ message delivered through the media. On the field after the Battle of New York, Jacobs delivered his message in person.
“Well you know I didn’t really say too much to him,” Jacobs said.
“I know he told me, ‘Shut the F up. Wait ’til we win the Super Bowl.’
“And I told him I’ll punch him in his face.”
Jacobs was asked if he had said something to Ryan prior to that exchange.
“I told him out of all of these Giant players on this football team, you’re talking to the wrong one,” Jacobs said.
Was that the first part of the conversation?
“I wasn’t talking to him. … He just came out of nowhere and started at me,” Jacobs said. “It was a great win for us. I don’t want to harp on that.
“We’re gonna celebrate this win, and I’m gonna let him have the worst Christmas he can have.”
“We had a private conversation. That’s all I’ll leave it as. Whatever. He doesn’t like me. I respect him but I could care less about him.”
Jacobs then added the final dagger.
“I think we had more fans in the stadium than they did, and that’s the way it was supposed to be because it’s Giants Stadium … aka MetLife stadium,” Jacobs said.
“I’m glad we had we had the Jets after the loss that we had against Washington,” he said. “I knew that they were gonna fold, no matter what, to be honest with you, the way they been playing. And who am I to talk about the way they’ve been playing? We haven’t played great. But I knew that they were gonna be the ones to crack because as far as them as an offense, I don’t think they have what it took to beat us.”