• Brian L. Barefield

SHOTS FIRED: Geno Smith Responds To Former Coach Rex Ryan's Personal Attack

So, when was Rex Ryan a great NFL coach again? I don’t know when I missed it, but evidently, I must have during this quarantine since he has gone on record for the second time within two weeks criticizing current NFL players.

Last week on ESPN, Ryan called Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper a “turd.” Ryan was upset that the Cowboys had extended Cooper’s contract and was still in negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott. Hours after he made the comments he went on SportsCenter to apologize due to the increase backlash he was receiving via social media.

“I can’t believe I said that, used that word,” Ryan said. “Obviously it was a poor choice by me to say what I said about Amari. Quite honestly, I think the world of every player and have a great deal of respect for every single player in the National Football League, including Amari Cooper.”

You would think that the former head coach of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills would have learned his lesson, but just like his father Buddy, he is very stubborn. On Wednesday, Ryan was back to his old tricks on ESPN, this time calling out one of his former players, Geno Smith.

In a discussion on whether or not Tom Brady or Bill Belichick was the reason behind the Patriots success, Ryan brought up his signal caller during his tenure as the Jets head coach.

“Let’s give [Belichick] someone 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.

Smith would respond later via Twitter to the comments directed towards him.

Although the upper management at ESPN is loving the ratings and social media clicks that Ryan is bringing, they may want to slow him down before players refuse to come on the show from fear of being personally attacked.

Ryan has a combined 61-66 record in eight years as an NFL head coach with the Jets and Bills.

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