Giants QB Geno Smith rips Rex Ryan, calls ex-coach ‘coward’
During the postgame press conference, Smith stood on the podium, taking questions from reporters and talking about his first starting gig under center since 2014. He also did not forget to take the opportunity to blast his ex-coach, Rex Ryan, per Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com.
“I did see one of my ex-coaches say he didn’t want me to be his quarterback. That really upset me,” Smith told reporters in Oakland. “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.”
Smith was reacting to an earlier quote from Ryan on ESPN in which the now ESPN analyst said that “he doesn’t want him [Smith] playing quarterback for me.”
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That’s a meaty soundbite from Ryan, considering he’s coached Smith from 2013, when the quarterback was drafted by the Jets in the second round, until New York fired him in December of 2014. The former West Virginia gunslinger started in 29 games and played in 30 overall for the Jets in 2013 and 2014, and over that span passed for 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions.
Smith would stay for two more seasons following Ryan’s firing but only played for three more meaningless games before signing a one-year deal worth $1.2 million with the Giants back in March.
Against the Raiders, Smith passed for 212 yards on 21-of-34 completions with a touchdown and no interceptions but recorded two fumbles, which he both lost.
Smith is expected to make another start for the Giants next Sunday at home against the Dallas Cowboys.