Dec. 4 (UPI) — Once upon a time, Geno Smith and Rex Ryan were tied together with the New York Jets. It ended badly.

Smith, now the starting quarterback for the New York Giants, sounded off on his former coach.

“I did see one of my ex-coaches say he wouldn’t want me to be his quarterback,” Smith said of Ryan on Sunday in his postgame comments. “That really upset me. A guy who we saved his job in 2013. We fought our [expletive] off for him both years. For him to come out and say that shows you how much of a coward he is.”

“I was just sitting in mud room,” Smith said about when he heard the comments. “Because you know we’ve got the time difference. So I’m just watching a little bit of football and it’s like, wow, you see that happen. First of all, you drafted me. Second of all you started me. Third of all, I went out there and I gave you everything I had. Then you go out and say that. It’s unfortunate.”

Ryan made the comments on Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN.

“Geno Smith. I love Geno Smith; great guy, I just don’t want him playing quarterback for me,” Ryan said on the show. “However, he gets a great shot today because he’s going against the Raiders, who are dead last in interceptions.”

Smith also said he doesn’t “care to speak to [Ryan] again.

The 27-year-old quarterback completed 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders. Smith started 30 games under Ryan as a member of the Jets. He completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. The second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft now owns a 12-19 record as an NFL starting quarterback.

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