When Geno Smith survived the firestorm created last week when he replaced Eli Manning as the starting quarterback of the Giants, he never imagined the decision would be reversed one week later. And he wasn't happy when it was. "I wasn't," Smith said on Wednesday, one day after he found out that his streak of consecutive games as the Giants starting quarterback would end at one. "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." The 27-year-old Smith did roll with the decision made by interim Giants coach Steve Spagnuolo, much the way he's handled everything about the crazy last week. As upset as he was to get only one start, Spagnuolo said he remained a true professional and promised not to do anything to disrupt the team. "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." Smith didn't pretend it was easy, either. When he was given the chance to start on Sunday in Oakland, the former Jets starter promised to seize the opportunity. And he wasn't terrible. In his first start in a year and his first extended action since 2015, Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. He did fumble twice - including a crucial one at the Raiders 9 yard line late in the first half. But for the most part, he gave the Giants a rare chance to win a game. In other circumstances, he likely would've earned another start. But these aren't normal circumstances. And Smith declined to say if he felt he got a raw deal.
Geno Smith not happy to lose starting role, but understands why
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