Even in defeat, Rex Ryan showed his defiant side.
After an embarrassing 45-3 loss Monday night to the New England Patriots, Ryan said he felt Bill Belichick was trying to rub it in by throwing the ball late in the game. Ryan vowed not to forget.
"Probably," the New York Jets coach said after the easily most lopsided defeat of his 28-game tenure. "I mean, I don't think he was necessarily trying to rub it in, but this is the same team that took a bunch of shots on us and they had paybacks. I mean, let's face it, we kicked their butt at our place, so you know they're trying to come back.
"So, trust me, we will remember this. There is no question about that."
Let's examine whether the Patriots were trying to run up the score. On their final possession, they tried to throw twice -- a third-and-4 from their 15 (a defensive penalty) and a third-and-7 from their 23.
Is that trying to run up the score? Hardly.
Several players were asked about Ryan's theory, and they simply shrugged it off, saying the Patriots were just playing ball.
Of course, that didn't stop Ryan from talking tough. Asked if this was a humiliating defeat, he said: "I mean, humiliating for one night. Shoot, I'll fight tomorrow, I guarantee you that. Humiliating? It's the biggest butt-whipping I've taken as a coach, in my career, but I can promise you one thing: I'll be ready to play 'em. I'll play 'em right now if they'll go out and do it again. That's the only way I know how to respond. I'll stick my chin out again."
And the Patriots would gladly take another swing.