We love Rex Ryan stories, and so here's another that doesn't even involve the Bills. It involves his job with the New York Jets before he even came to Buffalo.
Ryan was among the many in the last few days to criticize the Giants' decision to bench Eli Manning in exchange for Geno Smith, who was drafted by the Jets in the second round in 2013.
Ryan said this to the New York Daily News: “Good for Geno, but I don’t understand it. ... I’m happy for Geno. He gets another shot. Geno’s a good kid, but at the same time, I hate to see any player that’s really one of the stars of this game be treated like this."
Smith didn't lead the Giants to victory Sunday against the Raiders, but he also wasn't the reason they lost, 24-17.
Needless to say, Smith had an opportunity to answer his critics, and he had one particular critic in mind:
“I did see one of my ex-coaches say he didn’t want me to be his quarterback," Smith told New York reporters, according to the Daily News. "That really upset me. I saved his job in 2013. We fought our ass for him both years. For him to say that shows how much of a coward he is.”
If there were any issue on whom he was referring to, Smith was asked to name the coach. His reply: Rex Ryan.
He later apologized for his comments on Twitter:
— Geno (@GenoSmith3) December 4, 2017