All is right with the world as quarterback Eli Manning is back under center for the New York Giants. However, with Manning officially back in the fold, former New York Jets signal caller Geno Smith has ultimately become the odd man out in East Rutherford.
Although he understands the circumstances, Smith is not happy about losing his starting job after just one week.
“I wasn’t,” Smith said on Wednesday, via SNY. “Any competitor wouldn’t be. To be put in that situation where you get a chance to play and then you’re being pulled, but it’s not because you played bad so you try to figure out why. But you’ve got to understand that some things happen in this business, and you’ve just got to roll with it.”
With former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo now out of the picture, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has since become the team’s interim head coach.
“I had a conversation with Geno, which was a tremendous conversation,” Spagnuolo said. “I have a great deal of respect for Geno Smith and the way he reacted. He was a man. He obviously didn’t agree with the decision. But he is a team player and he told me that he was going to go forward and wants to be a part of this. I have a great deal of respect for him. That’s not an easy thing to do.”
The Giants are well out of playoff contention while the struggling NFC East franchise has still managed to become one of the most talked about teams in the league this season.
“I mean I think I had an opportunity to play,” Smith continued. “I respect the heck out of Coach McAdoo. I think he did something maybe not a lot of people would have. He gave me an opportunity and I respect it, I appreciate it.
“As far as sympathy or something like that, I’m not looking for it. I don’t need any sympathy. I’m built for all of this. I’m built for everything that’s going to come my way. And I know that all of these tests and these trials are preparing me for something greater. So I look at adversity as something that can be positive. I’m thankful for the adversity and I look forward to it.”