Being sacked won't sting Geno Smith nearly as much as the beating he has taken by the media since he was drafted by the New York Jets.
The quarterback was criticized for saying the 2013 Jets would make the playoffs, which seems highly improbable for a franchise in rebuilding mode.
There were reports Smith was prepared to leave draft festivities in New York City last month after he wasn't chosen on the opening day. Smith stayed -- a decision he and his family claimed was always the plan, even with the disappointment of not being a first-round selection.
Smith fired his agents shortly after the draft, triggering another round of stories about his motives. He was knocked for the disconnected way he allegedly conducted himself during pre-draft team interviews, which may have contributed to his slide into the second round.
The word "diva" was even being tossed around about a player who had received positive reviews for his leadership skills at West Virginia.