Rex Ryan defends Geno Smith

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013

There was some talk coming out of West Virginia this past weekend that New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith wasn’t the leader people thought he was. Whether it’s true or not is one thing but there’s one person standing by his side, his head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan didn’t sound too happy that his former teammates would say stuff like this now and took his own shot at the university.

First here’s what was said about Geno:

“Last year we didn’t have, you know, a lot of leadership,” junior running back Dustin Garrison told

“I feel like last year, we fell apart,” junior running back Andrew Buie added, in the report.. “At certain moments where we needed to be a team, we weren’t a team.” (New York Daily News)

Here’s Ryan’s response:

Asked if it came him any pause about Smith’s ability to face adversity, Ryan said, “No, but it tells me I’m glad my kid never went there. Tell you that much. I don’t get that.”

“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. When somebody leaves your deal, I guess that’s up to them, you’d have to ask them.” (New York Daily News)

I”m not sure if these are kids that just didn’t like Geno or what but I think one thing is clear. There were players on that roster who didn’t see their star QB as a leader. Off base or not, that’s how they felt and they might be right.

West Virginia was picked to finish second in the Big 12 last season and finished in a four way tie for fifth. They started off 5-0 including a big win at the University of Texas and then completely fell apart. I guess we’ll have to see how West Virginia responds to adversity in 2013 and see if there is any truth to what his former teammates said.

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