Should Jets Cut Ties With Santonio Holmes?

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — A tearful speech from Rex Ryan. Bart Scott flipping the bird. Darrelle Revis and Nick Folk, normally media-friendly, silent.

It was a surreal setting Monday as the Jets cleaned out their lockers. But despite all the theatrics, wide receiver Santonio Holmes still garnered the most attention.

Holmes, benched Sunday after arguing with teammates in the huddle, went to his locker, grabbed a box and a helmet and was then escorted out of the locker room by a public relations staff member without talking.

Holmes was yanked by offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer — a move Ryan supported, but didn’t know about when it first happened — as the Jets tried to rally in the fourth quarter. He was held without a catch for the first time in his 88-game career and sulked while standing alone on the sideline as the team lost 19-17, ending the Jets’ playoff chances.

Ryan said there are “a lot of positive things about Santonio,” but acknowledged that there’s room for improvement.

“Are there some things that we need to get corrected? Absolutely,” said Ryan. “And it’s not just with him, but others as well, myself. … But I believe Santonio will be back next year.”

Listen: Ryan and Tannenbaum on Schottenheimer, Holmes

Quarterback Mark Sanchez declined to comment on what went on with Holmes, saying it was an “in-house” issue that shouldn’t be discussed through the media.

“I wouldn’t single Santonio out like he was the sole problem,” receiver Patrick Turner said. “It’s a team sport and one’s wrong, we’re all wrong.”

But according to reports, the receiver and Sanchez clashed at a meeting last week, and several players questioned Holmes’ captaincy throughout the season.

The Jets won’t have to worry about that next season. Ryan acknowledged that he “made a huge mistake” naming six team captains — he previously only had game captains — and no one will wear the captain “C” on their jersey anymore.

“I think that pulls away from the team a little bit,” Ryan said of having captains. “It may work for other franchises, but it doesn’t work for me.”

Holmes and guard Brandon Moore went back and forth earlier this season when the receiver criticized the offensive line for not protecting Sanchez or giving him enough time to throw long passes. Moore said that kind of talk could have “a fracturing effect” — and it appears he was right.

“There’s a lot of reasons we didn’t have the kind of season we wanted, and chemistry can go down on that list,” Moore said.

He declined to discuss whether a team could accept a player who was deemed by some to have “quit” back next season.

“I don’t really have anything to say about 10,” Moore said, referring to Holmes by his jersey number.

“I thought we were past all that,” Ryan said. “I mean, I did, and then obviously some things came up and we were not as close of a football team as I thought we were.”

Also on Monday, Scott bristled as he was walking out and was asked about a report that he likely wouldn’t be back next season.

“All I know is I’ve got a guaranteed contract for $4 million,” he snarled. He then used an expletive at a photographer and stuck out his middle finger, adding: “Take a picture of this.”

Should the Jets cut ties with Holmes? Sound off below…

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  • JJ

    Look, its simple: Lead by example is the motto. Well, Rex sets an immature, arrogant, fresh example, that gives the green light to his players to do the same. The owners/execs should be emabrassed by some of the stuff that comes out of their players mouths. Flipping the media the bird for a standard question at the end of a tough season. I don’t feel sorry for any one other than the fans who pay the salaries of these immature arrogant millionaires. I say they start with getting rid of Rex. Yes, he’s good for a sound bite and fodder in the paper because he is so full of himself. But, his schtick is getting old and obviously using the tactics of a pop warner or HS coach to motivate his players isn’t working. If perhaps he acted more adult and was more mature in how he conducted himself in the media and around his team, they would be more mature and take responsibility for themselves.

  • BobbyP

    Mr. W Johnson: I’m a long time sick and tired JETS season ticket holder about to cancel my account unless serious changes are made now. For starters, take your losses and DUMP HOLMES NOW. Rex: You better take control of your entire team. You let us down big time. SHUT UP and COACH.

  • Jed B

    It’s not Holmes fault, he is the scapegoat and if I was Santonio I’d want out. I’ve never seen an 8-8 team talk about how great they are. If Johnson doesn’t drop those 2 passes and Romo wasn’t being Romo, the Jets would be 6-10. Jets just ain’t that good – especially Sanchez. Remeber Derrick Mason? So all the WRs are cancers? Please. What a bunch of cry babies!

  • mb

    Most definitely, let him loose if possible. Football is a TEAM sport and obviously Holmes doesn’t get it. Even when the ball went his way he couldn’t get it done this year.

  • Tommy C

    Hey, im a Giant fan so i couldn’t care less …But.. I say to Rex Ryan you reap what you sow .To maker a CRUMP like this 1 of your captains is the height of idiocy. When you go to bed with dogs you wake-up with fleas. Santonio is whars wrong with SOME of todays athletes . If they weren’t pro-athletes they’d be criminals…. locked up. This clown already has 2 convictions for pot possession. Rex this 1’s ALL YOUR FAULT .Jets don’t worry about cap issues, im sure this crumb will get locked up again then that will void his contract. Good riddence to bad rubbish.

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