NEW YORK (WFAN) — Is there trouble brewing in the Jets locker room?
According to the New York Daily News, wide receivers Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason have “individually gone to Rex Ryan in the past few weeks” to sound off on offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s play calling.
But before Sunday’s game, the Jets issued a statement denying the report. Ryan said after the Jets’ 30-21 loss to New England that no players have come to him with complaints.
“That’s Ripley’s to me,” he said. “If it is (true), maybe I got hit in the head or something. I don’t remember that.”
Mason, Burress and Holmes also denied the claim.
“OK, let me say this: I’ve been in this thing 15 years and I’ve never criticized the offensive coordinator to a head coach. Never once,” Mason said. “Whoever told you all that I wish you would tell me who it is so I can ask why they put my name in that mess. … I’m not part of it.”
The receiver added: “I’ve always said the play-caller makes the play calls and the players have got to make them work. If we make them work then they’re great play callers. If we don’t make them work then everyone wants to jump on the OC.”
Despite a return to Ryan’s preferred “ground and pound” offense, the Jets still sputtered to just 31 yards of offense in the first quarter against the Patriots.
New York had 14 first downs to New England’s 26, and was 3 of 11 on third down.
“Whoever wrote that story, they’re just making up stories to sell papers,” said Burress, who hauled in three catches for 42 yards. “I’ve never went in to talk to Rex personally about anything.”
Even with the big three receivers on board, Schottenheimer will surely start to feel the heat in the media and from Jets fans — again — if Gang Green continues to lose.
“I honestly have no idea where that came from or who could have said it,” said Holmes, according to the New York Post. “I have no issue with coach Schottenheimer and I didn’t talk to Rex about anything.”
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