Did Geno Smith rip Ryan Fitzpatrick in since-deleted Instagram post?
Geno Smith had a front-row seat to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s disastrous six-interception performance during the New York Jets’ 24-3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday. The Jets backup quarterback then appeared to take a shot at the team’s starter with a seemingly sardonic post to Instagram that has since been deleted.
Smith took to the social media site Wednesday and posted a pic of himself making a bemused, pouting face along with a request from his followers to provide a caption (followers of course had a field day with that).
While it’s impossible to definitively infer Smith’s intentions, the timing of the post alone makes it suspect coming so close after Fitzpatrick’s brutal game. The decision to quickly delete it makes it all the more curious.
Smith also offered up this cryptic tweet Monday.
Never comment on it. Never complaining.
— Geno (@GenoSmith7) September 26, 2016
Smith was after all the de facto Jets starting quarterback as the team spent the summer in a protracted and sometimes contentious contract negotiation with Ryan Fitzpatrick. When the Jets finally got Fitzpatrick back in the fold, Smith couldn’t hide his frustration over being relegated to second-string once again, although he tried to say all the right things.
“I’m not disappointed. I’m kind of pissed off, but it’s not a detrimental thing,” he said at the time, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.
Smith of course lost his starting to job to Ryan Fitzpatrick ahead of last season due to the fallout of a fight with then-Jet IK Enemkpali that resulted in a broken jaw.
Seeing Fitzpatrick struggle not only last Sunday but during the Jets’ 1-2 start (completing 55.8 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns to seven interceptions and a 59.3 rating) has to leave Smith stewing in some sense. He was only weeks away from starting the 2016 regular season as the Jets starting quarterback before Fitzpatrick swooped back in, after all.
In fact, chances are good the look featured in Smith’s since-deleted post wasn’t the only time he has made this face in recent weeks. Although that doesn’t make Smith’s decision to post it a good idea, either.