Giants quarterback Geno Smith called out former Jets head coach Rex Ryan after Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders by calling him a "coward."
Smith, who started for Eli Manning on Sunday, played 30 games under Ryan with the Jets in 2013 and 2014. Amid the news the Giants were turning to Smith, the former second-round pick, Ryan said, according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, "I love Geno Smith. Great guy. I just don't want him playing quarterback for me."
The 27-year-old Smith told reporters after Sunday's game he was hurt by Ryan's comments.
"I did see one of my ex-coaches say he didn't want me to be his quarterback. That really upset me," Smith said after the game. "A guy that we saved his job in 2013. We fought our a-- for him both years. For him to say that shows how much of a coward he is."
Smith threw for 5,571 yards, 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in 30 games under Ryan. In his last game, a 358-yard, three-touchdown effort in Week 17 of the 2014 season, Smith told reporters, "We love coach Ryan. I'd love to play for him my entire career."
Smith played in three games under the Todd Bowles-coached Jets in 2015 and 2016 before signing with the Giants in the offseason. In his first start with the Giants, he threw for 212 yards on 21-of-34 passing with a touchdown and two lost fumbles.