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Julio Cortez, Associated Press
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez reacts during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J.

NEW YORK — Rex Ryan has no regrets about talking up his team and how his boasts might have motivated the Giants in their victory over the Jets on Saturday.

Ryan says Monday his claims that the Jets were the best team in New York "never worked out." The brash coach has taken lots of heat since the Jets' 29-14 loss, and he says "I definitely deserve the criticism."

He also says he supports both quarterback Mark Sanchez and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer despite some sentiment that changes need to be made with at least one of them in the offseason.

The Jets (8-7) had control of their playoff destiny, but are desperate now. They must win at Miami and get lots of help to even get to the postseason.