Giants Legend Carl Banks: Quarterback Geno Smith Lost Playbook for Entire 2017 Season

There may be a reason why quarterback Geno Smith looked lost during his only start for the New York Giants last season. Apparently, the former second-round draft pick lost his playbook -- for the entire 2017 season.

During an interview with WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Friday, Giants legend and radio color analyst Carl Banks revealed that Smith lost his playbook during training camp and never found it during his lone season with the team in 2017.

Smith, now a backup for the Los Angeles Chargers, tweeted that the Giants owed former head coach Ben McAdoo an "apology" after the team's 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

"I'm going to say something I shouldn't say, but I'm saying it anyway," Banks said in response to the tweet. "Geno, you should apologize to your former teammates since you lost your playbook for a whole year. One hundred percent, didn't have his playbook for a whole year and tried to fool everybody. Everybody knew because they can check whether or not you're looking at your plays with these iPads."

Smith appeared in one game for New York last season and threw for 212 yards and a touchdown on 21 of 36 passing during a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 13. The decision was poorly received by Giants fans as it snapped Eli Manning's 210-game consecutive starts streak, which was the longest active streak among active NFL quarterbacks at the time.

Smith was benched in favor of Manning the following week and signed a one-year contract with the Chargers in April.

The former West Virginia quarterback was selected at No. 39 in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets and went 12-19 as the franchise's starter.

Smith has thrown for 6,174 yards, 29 touchdowns and 36 interceptions on 522 of 902 passing, while also recording 658 yards and seven touchdowns on 140 rushing attempts during his six NFL seasons.