Santonio Holmes Voices Displeasure With Jets Offense

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes said the team is heading into its game against the Dolphins with “a feeling of desperation.”

The Jets (2-3) have lost three straight on the road and have a game against the winless Miami Dolphins (0-4) on Monday night. Holmes, who has this year emerged as an outspoken captain, again publicly highlighted his concerns with the unit, including its scoring output, the play of the offensive line and the lack of deep balls.

“I may be criticized again for saying it, but I think it starts up front, and the big guys know it,” Holmes said. “If they give Mark [Sanchez] enough time to sit in the pocket and complete passes, I think everything changes. The routes that are being ran are short routes, ‘Hey, let’s get the ball out of Mark’s hands quick, let’s move the ball down the field, let’s go from there.’

“But if you can’t protect the quarterback for four or five seconds, then there’s no point of dropping back 7 yards to throw a football when we don’t have enough time. So we pretty much have to roll with the way our offense is right now.”

Holmes also said “I can complain all day” about the linemen protecting the quarterback, but did reference the nuances of the position that can be difficult.

WFAN’s Boomer Esiason took issue with Holmes’ comments, stating bluntly that “Santonio Holmes should just shut his mouth publicly.”

Listen: Boomer sounds off on Holmes

“The last thing you need is somebody like this spouting his mouth off before a huge game Monday night.”

Holmes was asked if this might be the game where New York might throw a few deep against Miami’s 31st-ranked pass defense.

“Obviously, it doesn’t make a difference on our team because New England was ranked what in pass defense, and what did we do against those guys?” he said, referring to the Patriots being ranked last entering last Sunday. “So, it really doesn’t matter what defenses are ranked. It’s according to how well guys play on the field at that time.”

The Jets have only 15 pass plays of 20 or more yards, tying them for 18th in the league. They also have just one of 40 or more yards, tied for last, and that was a 74-yard catch by LaDainian Tomlinson — who turned a short pass into a huge gain.

“We have to honestly run with the plays that are being called,” Holmes said.

Are Holmes’ comments over the line? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Chucky D says:

    It’s time to open up the offense and let Sanchez grow as a QB and lets see if that line can hold off the pass rush. I know noone thinks they can, but a 2 step drop and slant passes only work in High School, plus Holmes and Plex don’t want to run slants, come on. Get the ball down the field. The O line has been pretty good over the last few seasons so let’s give it a shot. Def Coordinators understand that all the Jets do is run between the tackles and short routes, lets open it up and let the team grow. Will there be problems, of course, will Sanchez throw interceptions, absolutely, but maybe we’ll find something worth while for the future. I like the running backs we have, let’s get McKnight in there more and how about some screens and draw plays to offset the onslaught. Yes on Mathis.

  2. Joe Short says:

    Holmes is absolutely right! He wants to win, and Shottys’ horrendous play-calling prevents that from happening. Shotty was an OC for his dad Marty, and remember how Marty coached at San Diego, KC, Denver, and Washington – play scared and don’t go down the field! To the frustratiion of us Jet fans, Ryan is making the same mistake Herm Edwards made – stubbornly holding onto a terrible OC (Paul Hackett), while the Defense got worn down. Time for Shotty to go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Tha Watchr says:

    everybody who’s a Jets fan knows that the offensive playing calling is just that, OFFENSIVE. Schotty is the overpaid, over valued person on this team. far too many of the play calls are lame. they need to open up & play to their strengths. if the run isn’t working, then go pass all day…once the defenders drop back to cover, then ground & pound. Example, if you have a 3rd & 5 STOP throwing a 2 yard pass or try to run middle like they always seem to do…here’s an odd notion, try throwing it SIX yards! LOL…seriously tho, Schotty’s play calling is ugly, Rex knows it, the owners know it, the players know it, the fans know it & so does the media…but they shipped out Mason because he SPOKE about it…time for a new O Coord I say!

  4. MIKE DAYEM says:

    HELLL NO I WANT HOLMES PLAY FOR NY JETS THE MAN IS RIGHT HE NEED HELP WITH OFFENSE I DON’T BLAME HIM. I BACK HIM 100 % WITH EVERYTHING .IF WAS GM FOR NY JETS I FIRE OFFENSE COACH AND GET SOMEBODY WHO KNOWN PUT POINTS ON SCORE BOARD AND HELP OFFENSE FOR NY JETS .IF NY JETS WAS SMART THEY GOING GET DE FORM COLTS AND REGGIE WAYNE TO HELP NY JETS WIN SUPERBOWL THIS YEAR

  5. FRED BROWN says:

    EXACTLY WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM ANOTHER IGNORANT FOOTBALL
    PLAYER WHO IS OVER VALUED, OVER PAID, UNDER EDUCATED AND
    SHOULD BE SUSPENDED AND DISMISSED FROM THE TEAM.

    1. Peter says:

      your correct mr brown

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