FIRST Take analyst Stephen A. Smith has attacked the New York Jets – and dismissed their playoff chances.
The 55-year-old ESPN veteran shouted “Stop it!” at guest Rex Ryan as the two clashed live on television.
Stephen A. and Shannon Sharpe were in the hot seat during Monday’s show, and former Jets head coach Ryan weighed in on the debate.
Ryan remains confident that the Jets can make it through the offseason despite losing Aaron Rodgers to a torn Achilles tendon.
The 60-year-old argued that the play’s decision was the main problem in New York’s 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday – and not backup quarterback Zach Wilson.
Ryan said, “Zach Wilson wasn’t the biggest problem for the Jets.”
“He was terrible, but no, I thought the style of play was even worse.”
“They come into this game against the Dallas Cowboys with this wild pass rush.
“Here’s a way to stop Dallas from sacking your quarterback – how about you run the football?”
Later in the conversation, Ryan confirmed, “I still think the Jets can make the playoffs.”
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At this time, Stephen A. stared at the camera with a stunned expression.
He shot back: “Coach, saying the Jets are making the playoffs is the equivalent of saying I can go to the gym and lift as much weight as Shannon Sharpe.”
“It’s just not happening, coach, stop it! Stop it, coach. Stop it!”
The Jets haven’t been to the NFL postseason since 2010.
They are now 1-1 on the season and will face the New England Patriots in Week 3.
First Take broadcast live from Boulder, Colorado on Friday for a special broadcast ahead of the Colorado Buffaloes’ showdown with the Colorado State Rams.
The team has since flown to Los Angeles and unveiled a new “West Coast studio” for Monday’s episode.