The 2014 MetLife Bowl is now nothing more than a mere memory, and although the Snoopy Trophy currently resides at the New York Giants facilities in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the scorned New York Jets aren't done talking just yet.
After a full week of relentless chatter leading up to the MetLife Bowl, Gang Green was promptly hushed to the tune of 35-24. However, with a week to regroup, defensive end Sheldon Richardson came back out firing on Tuesday, taking aim at anyone and everyone from Big Blue and even going so far as to say they'd have won if the first-team's remained in the game.
“If you’re saying if this was a real game and the 1s were out there, I think it would have been a pretty different game,” Richardson told the New York Post. “It wouldn’t even be close.”
The irony of Richardson's statements appears to have been lost on him, as Rex Ryan played his first-team (with Michael Vick at quarterback) well into the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Giants subbed out their first-team to start the second half, but managed to almost immediately take the lead over the Jets' first-team anyway.
Still, it wasn't so much the loss that stuck in Richardson's craw, but rather, the success of running back Andre Williams in the game. After all, it was Williams who Rex Ryan specifically targeted leading up to kickoff and even implied might get injured — something that was abundantly obvious during the game as Richardson and several other Jets were repeatedly in his face talking trash.
When the smoke finally cleared however, it was Williams who stood tall, having scored the go-ahead touchdown that would ultimately turn out to be the game-winner.
“He was scared,” Richardson said. “I’ve seen him play at Boston College. Didn’t run the same. He was scared, man. … tiptoeing a lot."
Williams finished the game with 49 yards on 11 attempts and the aforementioned go-ahead touchdown. And rather than rubbing it in their faces, he walked up to Rex Ryan after the game and shook his hand respectfully. Had the Jets wanted to say something face-to-face, that would have been the time. But in typical Jets fashion, they waited until all had cleared out and there were no Giants in sight to start chirping again.
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