After a solid, not spectacular day for the New York Giants, Geno Smith decided to slam Rex Ryan during his postgame press conference.
This is Geno Smith. This is who he is. Just when things are going even slightly right for the fifth-year second-round quarterback out of West Virginia, he decides to do something flat-out counterproductive.
Geno played solidly in his first start for the New York Football Giants on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Although ultimately losing by the final of 24-17, Smith completed 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards and a score to Evan Engram.
Yet in classic Geno fashion, just when things start to look up a little, he hands a golden platter of juiciness to the media.
During the postgame press conference, the subject was Ben McAdoo. Without provocation or prodding, Smith went on a strange rant about Rex Ryan talking junk about him.
“I did see one of my ex-coaches say he didn’t want me to be his quarterback,” Smith said following the Giants’ 24-17 loss, per Bob Glauber of Newsday. “That really upset me. I saved his job in 2013. We fought our ass for him both years. For him to say that shows how much of a coward he is.”
Geno Smith has some words for his former coach, Rex Ryan ? pic.twitter.com/1CcwLhkLlw
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 4, 2017
Nobody even asked him about Ryan.
This is what Rex had to say about Geno when it was known that he’d be starting over the two-time Super Bowl-winning QB:
Honesty hour with Rex Ryan. pic.twitter.com/azPgyhTABC
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 3, 2017
Obviously, Ryan coached New York for six seasons and ended his tenure in green with Smith at the helm for the final two seasons. Geno led the Jets to 8-8 and 3-10 records, respectively (QB records).
But forget the past. Geno just called Rex a “coward” on live television after making his first start in the NFL in quite some time. He’s literally attempting to build an NFL career yet he’s worried about who, Rex Ryan?
Nobody cares about Rex Ryan! He’s out of the league for a reason.
Geno, you’re still in the league. Who cares about Rex? Let him say whatever he wants. As the now-leader of the Giants, you have to be bigger than this. Show a backbone. Lead the Giants while not worrying about the words coming from a washed-up NFL coach.
Just when Geno seems to take strides forward, he presents us with the ammo that he’s still so far away from “understanding the position” of quarterback in the National Football League.