New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith did not hold back on his former coach with the New York Jets, Rex Ryan.
Ryan said early on Sunday that while he likes Smith, “I just don’t want him playing quarterback for me,” via Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.
These comments got back to Smith and he was not pleased. He let it fly during a post-game interview even though he wasn’t asked about it.
“I did see one of my ex-coaches say he didn’t want me to be his quarterback,” Smith said, via Newsday’s Bob Glauber. “That really upset me. I saved his job in 2013. We fought our ass [off] for him both years. For him to say that shows how much of a coward he is.”
The Jets selected Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He started all 16 games for the Jets as rookie and they finished the year with an 8-8 record. However, he completed 56 percent of his passes for 3,046 yards, 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
He was not much better the next season in 13 starts, and Ryan was fired following that season.
The reason that ESPN hired Ryan was for his personality, and from time to time that might mean some harsh commentary about former players. This will likely not be the last time that something like this happens.