Geno Smith fires back, calls Rex Ryan “a snake”

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If controversy is what ESPN covets, Rex Ryan is providing it. He has gone on a rip-a-thon over the past week, making it personal for no good reason.

Last week he called Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper, one of the league’s good guys, a “turd.” Ryan apologized after being roundly criticized for his word choice.

On Wednesday, he drew Geno Smith into a debate about whether Tom Brady or Bill Belichick was more important to the Patriots’ success.

“Let’s give [Belichick] somebody else; let’s give him Geno Smith; let’s give him whoever, and let’s see how many Super Bowls he would have won. We saw the answer was zero in Cleveland,” Ryan said on ESPN.

Smith responded on Twitter with a series of tweets, though he never directly mentions Ryan by name.

“My momma never liked dude he been a snake. . and y’all glorify it. . should’ve got fired after yr1. . truth is we won 8 games after ESPN had us winning two and he got his job back. .somehow I’m caught up in a feud and I’m the scapegoat. . Same guy that drafted me. #TheBusiness”

Smith followed with, “I could easily go on and on about the bs I see but truthfully I’m so happy I don’t even bother. God put me in this position where even my enemies gotta mention my name . . so I just sit back and watch the show!”

Presumably, Smith didn’t mean watch the show literally, as in watch Ryan on ESPN.

“Where I’m from if a man talk about another man while that man isn’t present, a man don’t listen!” Smith later wrote.

Smith played for Ryan for two seasons before the Jets fired the coach. Smith was 11-18 as the Jets went 12-20 in 2013-14. Smith left the Jets after four seasons.

59 responses to “Geno Smith fires back, calls Rex Ryan “a snake”

  1. I can’t believe Geno is still in the league he never should of been in to begin with.

  2. What is ol’ Geno up to these days? Last I saw him he was playing preseason games for the Seahawks and looked like he could catch on somewhere still. Is he still trying?

  3. Never liked or hated Rex, but nothing he says it that far fetched. Just good talking points. Just stirring the pot when nothing else cooking.

  4. Young QBs are always a crapshoot. More so if they start as a rookie. And, even more so if they have incompetent coaches.

    Geno Smith never had a chance under this defensive-minded boob.

  5. BTW why does the media always have a mic readly available for these players that never even see the field? No one wants to hear what they think……….. or Rex either for that matter!

  6. Rex has no class. He’s paid for sound bites and website hits.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the HC is involved in drafting the QB. Rex drafted Geno.

    Rex accomplished nothing as HC.

  7. “Where I’m from if a man talk about another man while that man isn’t present, a man don’t listen!”

    Well yeah, I mean how’s a man gonna listen if that man’s not even there to hear what’s being said?

  8. Rex has never been able to or surround a QB with coaches to develop them. He’s a subpar coach who can’t handle being out of the limelight and throwing his former QB under the bus is just sad. He is what he is, a talking head with zero substance.

  9. Geno is no Matt Cassel. Maybe he should stop while he is ahead.

    As for Rex, his defenses were always good. Until he played the Brady led Patriots.

  10. I’m in the “Tom Brady made the Patriots successful” camp. They may have had a winning record if Brady wasn’t there but they surely wouldn’t have won all of those Super Bowls.

  11. truthfully both these guys sucked. one is no qb and the other is no coach. Rex should be counting his blessings his daddy got him in the business.

  12. Rex didn’t say anything bad about Geno. He was just saying Belichick was the greatest coach ever, but all those super bowls were because he had the luxury of Tom Brady. He didn’t use any derogatory words to describe Smith, who is currently available to all 32 teams but remains unemployed. Sounds like Smith is frustrated, and lashed out at the wrong guy. There are 32 GM’s that obviously don’t think Geno is even good enough to be a backup. That’s not Rex’s fault.

  13. So the man who welshed on a promise to attend (and be the star attraction) at a football camp organized by his teammate (and got punched out for it) is calling another man a snake… Personally, I don’t care one way or another about Ryan, but to me, Smith is being more than a bit hypocritical.

  14. People complain that coaches & TV personalities act like robots and just spew out cliches. Rex Ryan honestly answers questions and those same people are complaining that he won’t spit out tired cliches about how everyone is great

  15. Rex’s paychecks are drying up. he’s trying to be controversial to stay relevant.

  16. Never forget the only meaningful thing Colin Cowherd ever said: “I don’t have to be right. I only have to be interesting.” Rex knows how to do that (as evidenced by the 15 comments logged before this). He draws the clicks, which, really, is his only task.

  17. Geno was a fine prospect. But he was wrecked in NY and took a lot of chances running with the ball (Burfict nailed him first game one season.)

    Geno’s career was hardly on a good trajectory playing in NY when he did.

  18. Geno was a good backup for Russell last season. I expect he might be brought back again, after the draft and free agency settles down.

  19. Geno came from a spread offense, he needed much better coaching than he got, and should not have played as a rookie. But Sanchez got hurt in preseason and David Garrard hurt his knee and just retired, so Geno HAD to start. Was he good? no, but the Jets also had no freaking talent on offense, OL was not good and bad WR. Not a good situation for any QB. And when the Jets were better….he got attacked by a teammate and lost his job, then had another shot and tore his ACL. And that was it. He is a backup for the seahawks now. I would argue–he had terrible situation after terrible situation.

    And playing QB in the NFL is bad enough. To success, you actually need good coaching and good opportunities. He had nothing.

    Hell, he threw what might have been a perfect game winning 36 yard TD pass vs the packers…that didn’t count because Rex panicked and called time out right before the play.

    Total lack of class for Ryan to throw a former player of his under the bus.
    But he was a 2nd rnd pick. Same year the Bills took Ej Manuel who was maybe worse than Geno and should never had been the #16 pick overall!

  20. So Geno is still in the NFL and Rex isn’t.

    Hahahahahahahaha hahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Yes, Rex is a jerk, but it is not fair for Geno Smith to insult the character of snakes with that comparison.

  22. Rex got some credit on the back to back AFC Champ games played with Sanchez. To be honest with you, I think Mark Sanchez was a decent QB who was not treated right. He completely lost confidence and that was it. The Jets should have avoid that. But after all they are the Jets for a reason…

  23. I remember going to a Jets/Dolphins MNF years ago at Met Life, and the Jets announced every other offensive player in pregrame intros, EXCEPT Geno Smith. They were “Worried” about him being booed at home…again…

  24. “I could easily go on and on about the bs I see but truthfully I’m so happy I don’t even bother.”

    ….Then tweets 3 more times about it….

  25. rex ryan & his brother got their nfl coaching gigs thanks to their gene pool. they were both lousy coaches

  26. It’s not a high bar, but Rex was a much better coach than Geno was a QB.

  27. Lets just say that rex ryan and ryan leaf are PERFECT employees for the circus show known to all as ESPN

  28. You can slam Rexy as a HC, you can even slam him as a person, but you can’t deny that what he said about Brady, Smith and Belichick is true.

  29. The obvious response would have been “Let’s give Brady Ryan as a coach & see what happens”. Not much good, is my guess

  30. Geno thinking he could lead any team to a Super Bowl is so laughable. But NFL players have big egos, especially QB’s. Geno wasn’t even serviceable at QB as he was a detriment on the field.

  31. hey Rex – that’s impossible because Geno wouldn’t have made the Patriots 53 let alone their practice squad

  32. Why is there still a debate about “Brady vs Belichick?”

    6 Superbowl wins and 9 appearances total is the result of having an all-time great Quarterback AND an all-time great Head Coach at the same time. There’s no mystery. They’re both at the top of the heap in their respective professions.

  33. mgmac says:
    April 9, 2020 at 8:13 am
    rex ryan & his brother got their nfl coaching gigs thanks to their gene pool. they were both lousy coaches
    —————————————————————-
    Rex was a lousy head coach, but a great DC… In his 4 years in Baltimore his defense was was in the top 3 in the NFL in points and yards twice, and in the top 9 one other time. Even his first year with the Jets he was 1st in yards and 1st in points and was 3rd and 6th the next year. The Jets did get to two AFC title games, then the wheels fell off. So yeah, Ryan overall was not a great head coach, but I would not call him a LOUSY coach…

  34. And what Ryan totally missed (or chose to ignore) is that without question Geno would have played better for Belichick. BB took guys like Matt Cassell and had the whole league thinking they were going to be the next big thing.

  35. hamlet423 says:

    Geno came from a spread offense, he needed much better coaching than he got, and should not have played as a rookie. But Sanchez got hurt in preseason and David Garrard hurt his knee and just retired, so Geno HAD to start. Was he good? no, but the Jets also had no freaking talent on offense, OL was not good and bad WR. Not a good situation for any QB. And when the Jets were better….he got attacked by a teammate and lost his job, then had another shot and tore his ACL. And that was it. He is a backup for the seahawks now. I would argue–he had terrible situation after terrible situation.

    And playing QB in the NFL is bad enough. To success, you actually need good coaching and good opportunities. He had nothing.

    Hell, he threw what might have been a perfect game winning 36 yard TD pass vs the packers…that didn’t count because Rex panicked and called time out right before the play.

    Total lack of class for Ryan to throw a former player of his under the bus.
    But he was a 2nd rnd pick. Same year the Bills took Ej Manuel who was maybe worse than Geno and should never had been the #16 pick overall!

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    This. Great post.

    Bottom line is that the Ryan apples never fall far from the (rotted) tree

  36. Rex Ryan and Jon Gruden share a lot in common. Both are lousy HC’s, have obnoxious personalities and they lack any amount of class or integrity.

  37. Maybe Rex Ryan is “a snake”,…… but he’s correct on this one.

  38. Sure, Belichick benefited from having Brady as his QB. He also benefited from having a superior level of intelligence and football knowledge compared to coaches he was matched up against… you know, guys like Rex Ryan. I mean, give George Halas a division with a serial doofus like Ryan in it and who knows how many sins he would have had.

    Someone needs to put their foot down and ask Rex to cut it out.

  39. BSPN puts Rex on TV for this reason to say things like that. Kind of like Fox putting the trained monkey Skip on, wearing the 11’s like Skip is cool. Not sure why everyone is all upset that Rex called Coop a turd. Right or wrong doesn’t matter. BSPN loved it and Geno Smith is/was terrible.

  40. I like the guys who keep it real. The panderers and ego massagers that talk for hours feels like one big club of not stepping on anyone’s toes or hurting feelings.

  41. First off, Rex Ryan has a big mouth. How is this surprising anybody? I wouldn’t even take his comments very seriously.

    Second of all, and I am not joking here at all, is Geno Smith still in the NFL?

  42. ……………
    didnthearwhat says:
    April 8, 2020 at 8:55 pm
    Geno’s favorite movie…. Jaws
    ……………
    In addition to My Left Foot and Footloose.

  43. Well the way he’s acting on ESPN, he kinda is. He’s turning into Skip Bayless with name calling.
    With that said, Geno wasn’t the best either, but for him it was mostly at quarterback play, but in my book good coaching could’ve fixed it and Ryan had no idea on how to develop a young quarterback

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