Geno Smith is not sure why he will not be the starting quarterback of the Giants this week.
Smith, in his first start since 2014 with the Jets, completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown and also lost twice in the first half of the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Raiders. Coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired the next day and interim coach Steve Spagnuolo announced Wednesday that Eli Manning will start Sunday against the Cowboys.
"Any competitor would not be [happy] to put themselves in that situation where you have the opportunity to play and then they're throwing you," Smith said Wednesday. "But it's not because you played badly." Then it is, you are trying to discover why. You have to understand that things happen in this business and you have to deal with that. "
One thing that Smith could explain is why he apologized after the game on Twitter for the loss and his post-match comments attacked Rex Ryan , his coach with the Jets.
"I was not apologizing to him," Smith said. "He was apologizing for the distraction."
Smith tried not to be on a Wednesday, Spagnuolo, who said his instincts told him that initiating Manning – who asked him to return his work – was the right decision, and said he was satisfied with the way Smith received the news of his demotion.
"I have great respect for Geno Smith by the way he reacted, "said Spagnuolo." He was a man. Obviously he did not agree with the decision, but he is a team player. "
Smith said he does not believe he has received unfair treatment and appreciates that McAdoo made the decision to start it when" not many people would. " have. "
" As for any sympathy or something like that, I'm not looking for it, "Smith said. "I do not need any sympathy, I'm made for all this."
He received something from Justin Pugh. The offensive lineman said Smith did not ask to be the one to end Manning's 210-game winning streak and he received a lot of public criticism for it.
"They gave him a great lack of respect and hatred and it just is not necessary," Pugh said. "I know everyone wants to support Eli, but supporting a man to take down another man is not the way to do it."
For now, Smith will be ready if another opportunity presents itself. He said that he and Spagnuolo have not yet talked about their role beyond this week.
"I will continue to be the same guy, I will continue to support my teammates, I will continue to be prepared," said Smith. "You never know what might happen"