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Rex doesn’t get why Geno is taking hits from West Virginia

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The talk out of West Virginia that Geno Smith was lacking as a leader during his tenure as the Mountaineers’ quarterback has taken Jets coach Rex Ryan by surprise.

Ryan says he likes what he has seen from Smith, whom the Jets drafted in the second round this year, and Ryan suggested that West Virginia must not be very loyal to its players if Smith is taking shots now that he’s gone.

I’m glad my kid never went there,” Ryan said of West Virginia, via the New York Daily News. “Tell you that much. I don’t get that.”

Smith wasn’t criticized by name by anyone at West Virginia, but multiple players said that last year’s team didn’t have the kind of leadership a football team needs, and West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said that leadership “was a big issue on last year’s team — in a bad way.” That sure sounds like a suggestion that Smith, as the team’s starting quarterback, wasn’t a good enough leader.

And Ryan doesn’t care for that suggestion.

“Geno was a tremendous player for West Virginia,” Ryan said. “Sometimes, I don’t know, you have to ask them. I certainly don’t get that.”

What Ryan needs now is for Smith to show that even if he wasn’t a good enough leader in college as a senior, he’s ready to be a leader in the NFL as a rookie.

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40 Responses to “Rex doesn’t get why Geno is taking hits from West Virginia”
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Aug 12, 2013 2:15 PM

    Yeah, leadership.

    Lets ignore the fact that the defense didn’t stop anything.

  2. tsizzlehotpiss says: Aug 12, 2013 2:20 PM

    No surpise coming from a coach who’s had nothing BUT leadership problems for the past three seasons.

  3. fitz66 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:22 PM

    Ryan talking about teams talking too much. Now I’ve seen it all.

    Related: this article is, as a whole, useless.

  4. smackingfools says: Aug 12, 2013 2:25 PM

    Like Herm would say. “Put your name on it” If you don’t have a name. Then don’t report it.

  5. tikisays says: Aug 12, 2013 2:25 PM

    I could believe Rex saying that bcuz he said he hasn’t watched him practice or play yet. If I was Geno,I’d be flabbergasted!!

  6. jimmylions says: Aug 12, 2013 2:25 PM

    I’m surprised Rex still has his job. Maybe Jets fans love him? I dunno. But I sorta think he’s getting a pink slip come February.

  7. thraiderskin says: Aug 12, 2013 2:32 PM

    Yes, the defense couldn’t stop anything, but to have that much offensive success and still question leadership says a lot.

  8. txeer304 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:38 PM

    “Smith wasn’t criticized by name by anyone at West Virginia, but multiple players said that last year’s team didn’t have the kind of leadership a football team needs”
    So he wasn’t mentioned by name but somehow an article by profootballtalk was written that Smith lacked leadership skills.
    And now Players and Coaches at WVU are getting bashed for something they didn’t do…

  9. alphaq2 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:39 PM

    He definitely did not handle himself well during the draft.

  10. whatnojets says: Aug 12, 2013 2:41 PM

    Let’s see….

    Lou Holtz
    Joe Walton
    Bruce Coslet
    Pete Carroll
    Rich Kotite
    Al Groh
    Herman Edwards
    Eric Mangini

    All have worse win/lose records than Rex Ryan…

    Enough said….

  11. patssmelllikepoo says: Aug 12, 2013 2:42 PM

    I’m surprised Rex still has his job. Maybe Jets fans love him? I dunno. But I sorta think he’s getting a pink slip come February.

    ————————–

    It’s funny you say that. I don’t know why Detroit still has a franchise, I mean anybody who could got the hell out of there. Maybe the NFL will move them to LA around the same time Rex is fired.

  12. patssmelllikepoo says: Aug 12, 2013 2:43 PM

    Anybody who could get out did……my bad

  13. donmcg2012 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    Rex doesn’t get anything, unless it has toes involved.

  14. zimaman says: Aug 12, 2013 2:45 PM

    Enough with the Jets coverage man

    This team the coach the quarterback are an overlooked ham

    Stick a fork in them cause they are all done

    If they win 5 games it will be a miracle

    4-12 u heard it here first

  15. jda129 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:46 PM

    Gotta keep up appearances for when they tank it and draft Clowney.

  16. ryann252013 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:48 PM

    If Holgorsen is actually talking about Geno Smith it shows that he has no class. And he probably just lost a lot of future recruits.

  17. 1rockyracoon says: Aug 12, 2013 3:04 PM

    WVU head coach was asked about what his team was lacking last year and he said leadership. I think Geno and the Jets are made for each other. A lot of hot air and excitement, but not going anywhere significant on the field. Earlier post defending Ryan listed the Jets coaches with a lower winning percentage than Rex had me feeling sorry for the fans of that franchise. Wow, it is a terrible team to root for.

  18. steeelfann says: Aug 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    Sanchez = B-U-S-T
    Geno Smith = B-U-S-T
    Rex Ryan = B-U-S-T
    Holmes = B-U-S-T
    McKnight = B-U-S-T

  19. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 12, 2013 3:08 PM

    Let’s settle this this a duel, like the good ole days.

  20. purpleguy says: Aug 12, 2013 3:12 PM

    Well, you have to at least admit that the average ACT score at West Virginia is probably about a 19.

  21. teambringitstrong says: Aug 12, 2013 3:14 PM

    steeelfann says: Aug 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    Sanchez = B-U-S-T
    Geno Smith = B-U-S-T
    Rex Ryan = B-U-S-T
    Holmes = B-U-S-T
    McKnight = B-U-S-T
    —————————————————————Calling an NFL player a bust when you will NEVER make it to the league= B-U-S-T

  22. rufustfireflyjr says: Aug 12, 2013 3:16 PM

    “What Ryan needs now is for Smith to show that even if he wasn’t a good enough leader in college as a senior, he’s ready to be a leader in the NFL as a rookie.”

    That’s stupid. There ARE NO rookie leaders in the NFL.

  23. pisano says: Aug 12, 2013 3:24 PM

    Rex is so stupid, he can’t figure why Jet fans don’t want Sanchez on the team, now that’s being stupid.

  24. 2bemoore43 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:27 PM

    @ no rookie leaders:
    RGIII
    Russel Wilson
    Andrew Luck
    to name a few

  25. 2bemoore43 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:28 PM

    then there was JJ Watt… the list seems to grow on ya buddy

  26. korth87 says: Aug 12, 2013 3:45 PM

    Good, because I doubt WV would want anyone related to Rex ever coming there.

  27. lrjets says: Aug 12, 2013 4:27 PM

    smackingfools says:Aug 12, 2013 2:25 PM

    Like Herm would say. “Put your name on it” If you don’t have a name. Then don’t report it.
    __________________________________

    But then this moronic bunch of journalists couldn’t instigate the trolls, oops…. troops.

  28. tncheese says: Aug 12, 2013 5:24 PM

    Rex doesn’t get a lot of things.

  29. spedman24 says: Aug 12, 2013 5:28 PM

    The Jets hate is comical. The Jets defense is better than at least 3/4ths the league. The coach has had 2 bad seasons (one of them being 8-8). The Jets problem is simple, they don’t have a quarterback right now, if Sanchez comes up big or Geno works out — all the other issues go away. They have a very good d, nice young talent at WR, a nice TE in Cumberland, trouble at running back, a very underrated offensive line — the problem is, will they find someone to get the WRs & TEs the ball? That’s it. So all these people with the Jets suck, Rex sucks, all this nonsense, know nothing about football. The Jets aren’t the ’85 Bears, but they’re also nowhere nears as bad as the 60’s & 70’s New York Giants. That franchise was one of, if not the worst organization till the league stepped in and GAVE THEM a real general manager…the Jets aren’t that bad and never were (and I don’t want to here about 95/96 — those were bad teams, the Giants were an awful franchise….

  30. micknangold says: Aug 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    The talk out of West Virginia…Or the talk out of the Anti-Jets Media Machine?

  31. cranespy says: Aug 12, 2013 6:12 PM

    I tend to side with Rex on this…….could it be the WV players are referring to the lack of leadership from the HEAD COACH? I have heard from several season ticket holders who say the sideline is TOTAL CHAOS during games. Could it be that the Ole Skullet is an OC and not a HC????????

  32. jimmylions says: Aug 12, 2013 11:15 PM

    I don’t know why Detroit still has a franchise, I mean anybody who could got the hell out of there. Maybe the NFL will move them to LA around the same time Rex is fired.
    ————————————
    Darrelle Revis bolted from the Jets like he accidentally walked into a Justin Bieber concert and you’re gonna make cracks about players leaving Detroit?

    It’s common knowledge that Rex is on the bubble this year. If you don’t believe me, go to the game highlights from Saturday (on the NFL website) and tell me what you hear the analyst say in the first 10 seconds.

    Considering Sanchez’s first TD pass of the preseason was thrown to a Lions defensive lineman (a rookie DE), I feel a lot better about the Lions than I do the Jets.

  33. prijak1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:09 AM

    Geno Smith is another bum product just like Santonio Holmes
    2 Bums !
    Fire both of them
    I saw Geno play on Friday night ,he did nothing to amaze me , Sanchez looked better and dymanic even after that pick 6. Geno Smith sucks and Santonio Holmes is a bum. Maybe they are both lovers

  34. prijak1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:11 AM

    Is Geno Smith the crybaby that had to cry out to Jay Z when his feelings got hurt. I saw you play on Friday night Geno ,you suck . The hype is over ,you suck on your feet movement that’s why you sprained your ankle. You are another Diva just like Santonio Holmes .
    Geno Smith + Santonio Holmes= 2 Bums
    Mark Walhberg + Denzyl Washington= 2 Guns

  35. prijak1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:14 AM

    The JETS need to surround the QB with weapons. Now why did they let Dustin Keller go to Miami. Stupid move. Santonio Holmes needs to be axed like yesterday. He sucks and he is a BUM! Geno Smith is a Diva ,he sucks , I wasn’t impressed with any of his plays. Let the JETS throw him in Game 1 and he will get injured , he Sucks !

  36. prijak1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:15 AM

    E.J. Manual is a true QB that’s why he got picked up in the 1st round. The JETS were blind for getting Geno Smith he sucks.

  37. prijak1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:17 AM

    Rex Ryan and John Idyzick both need to get fired for not doing anything to improve the team. Where are the wide receivers? Hire T.O. even at least he is a deep threat weapon. No weapons at WR then no touchdowns. QB competition don’t matter if you have no weapons to throw too.

  38. prijak1 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:20 AM

    Sanchez = S-T-U-D
    Geno Smith = B-U-S-T
    Rex Ryan = D-U-M-B
    Holmes = P-O-T-H-E-A-D
    McKnight = B-U-S-T
    John Idyick = M-O-R-O-N

    Woody Johnson you need to fire Rex and your new GM they are idiots.

  39. Kenneth D. Fletcher says: Aug 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    None of you are true Jets fans! If the jets do well or win there division your comments will be jokes! When Rex was winning he was the talk of New York.
    Now all you hear is foot jokes! I hope Mark and Rex go someplace else and do well like so many other Jets players have ie John Riggins. It is the jets organization that is bad! Woody is the idiot!

  40. Kenneth D. Fletcher says: Aug 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    None of you are true Jets fans! If the jets do well or win there division your comments will be jokes! When Rex was winning he was the talk of New York.
    Now all you hear is foot jokes! I hope Mark and Rex go someplace else and do well like so many other Jets players have ie John Riggins. It is the jets organization that is bad! Woody is the idiot!

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