In the interest of equal time, we feel obligated to point out that Rex Ryan isn't the only local football personality talking this week as the Jets and Giants prepare to square off on Saturday. Brandon Jacobs — who's already said plenty this year, on other topics — chimed in today about whether or not he thinks New York is becoming a Jets town. Said Jacobs: "They’re going to need a hell of a lot more than this game to make that happen." It's here we'll point out that the Jets have made some strides in this area already — they reached the AFC title game the last two years, while the Giants missed the playoffs — but the real takeaway is that Jacobs is involving himself in a discussion we didn't think anyone besides Ryan cared to have this week.
There's some more mild smack-talking over at the Daily News Giants blog, if you care to read quotes like Victor Cruz saying, "Teams aren’t really scared [of Darrelle Revis] anymore." But more than anything, we're a little amused that either team is bothering to say anything about their opponents when they've got plenty of flaws of their own. Neither the Jets or the Giants would be appear to be in a position to talk much smack these days: It's why we're heading into Week 16 and both teams are still fighting for a playoff berth. Like we said yesterday about Ryan's original comments, it all seems rather forced.
Perhaps this is just business as usual for guys like Ryan and Jacobs, but make no mistake, both teams have more important things to worry about right now. Under different circumstances, this week might have been a perfect time to have the "who owns this town?" conversation. But we can hold off on that for now, until one of these teams has something to really brag about, or at least until there isn't so much on the line for both of them. Tom Coughlin — whose seat continues to get warmer and warmer — used the phrase, "talk is cheap, play the game" today. If only all involved would listen to him.