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.