Ross Jones, FOXSports.com
Geno Smith transitions into the NFL hasn’t been smooth. Often scrutinized for his nonchalant demeanor on the field, now some of Smith’s former teammates and coach have indirectly blasted the
’ second-round pick. Well, maybe. West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen noted that the Mountaineers lacked a sense of leadership that usually comes from the older players inside the locker room. "(Leadership) was a big issue on last year's team, and I mean issue in a bad way," Holgorsen said on Monday. It wasn’t just Holgorsen who heaped blame on some of the players such as Smith and
, who have moved on to the NFL. Smith’s former teammates also had some not-so-nice things to say.
"Last year we didn't have, you know, a lot of leadership," junior running back
Dustin Garrison told the TribLive.com.
Junior offensive lineman
had thoughts of his own. "What's different this year is we're more a team,” Spain said. “There ain't no I's; we don't depend on nobody. We just depend on all of us at once as a team. So I think this year will be better than last year. There wasn't no team. I could say there was a team early, but once we started losing we saw the I's come up, so it just hurt the team worse." The comments didn’t sit well with Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who dished some jabs of his own. "It tells me I'm glad my kid never went there, I can tell you that much," said Ryan, whose son, Seth, is a freshman at Clemson. "I don't get that. Geno was a tremendous player for West Virginia. "I don't know, you have to ask them,"
Ryan told the New York Daily News.
"I certainly don't get that. When somebody leaves your [school] ... I guess that's up to them. You have to ask them."
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