Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rex Ryan rips rookie Andre Williams for calling Giants the 'real New York team' :Report

New York Giants Andre Williams hasn't been in New York long enough to remember when the Jets were actually the toast of New York but he found out that Gang Green head coach Rex Ryan still does and doesn't take kindly to anyone burning his team — even a rookie.

The newbie running back, who will face the Jets for the first time this week, recently delved right into the MetLife Stadium rivalry before ever running a regulation NFL down by proclaiming, “I think the Giants are the real New York team” earlier this week.

Never one to let a blustery retort pass him by, Ryan poked back with a two-winded response by mocking one of the rookie's college games and giving a shout out to his son Seth's college team, Clemson, all in the same breath.

“Last time I saw (Williams), he was getting smoked by Clemson,” Ryan said Wednesday while getting his Jets ready to play the Giants  in the annual preseason “Snoopy Bowl.”

Williams and Boston College lost to Clemson, 24-14, on Oct . 12 last year. 

“You know what? It’s great,” Ryan said of Williams. “I have a funny feeling he’s going to get some (helmets) put on him, or whatever. But we’ll see, it’ll be a competitive thing. I know he’s going to be pumped up, but trust me, our guys are going to be pumped up, too.”

However, Ryan did pay the Giants’ fourth-round pick a compliment. “I will say, that kid’s a good back though. Is anybody going to tackle him?” Ryan said.

Ryan wasn’t the only member of the Jets to respond to Williams’ comment. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison tweeted Wednesday, “See you Friday Mr. Williams...#JetLifeeeeee.”

Though Friday’s game is just an exhibition, Ryan said it carries more intensity than a normal preseason game.

“It is a bigger deal than preseason games when you play other people,” Ryan said. “You’ve got guys popping off, the running back from Boston College, he’s already saying the Giants are the best team in New York. You don’t get to play each other. And so this is the only time you really get to play each other, and I think it amps it up a little bit, I really do.”

And anyway. Both teams play in New Jersey.

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