Don’t expect the Rex Ryan-Geno Smith lovefest to start up any time soon.

Now an ESPN commentator, Ryan, who coached the quarterback with the New York Jets, fired the latest salvo in the give-and-take that began last week. Ryan had kicked it off Dec. 3 on “Sunday NFL Countdown” by saying of Smith, “I love Geno Smith. Great guy. I just don’t want him playing quarterback for me” after Smith was named the New York Giants’ starter after the benching of Eli Manning.

Smith shot back: “I did see one of my ex-coaches say he didn’t want me to be his quarterback. That really upset me. I saved his job in 2013. We fought our [butts]  off for him both years. For him to say that shows how much of a coward he is.”

On Sunday, Ryan fired a little chin music.

“And you know what, this might be Geno’s chin. Little soft, that chin’s a little soft there, Geno.”


Astute observers will recall that this goes back to the August 2015 punch thrown by Jets linebacker I.K. Enemkpali, who broke Smith’s jaw over a disputed $600 plane ticket after Ryan’s departure. The two also quarreled over an alleged “catfishing”-type incident that year. Ryan seemed to side with Enemkpali and signed him when he became coach of the Buffalo Bills, making him a team captain against the Jets.

Your turn, Geno.

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