Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes Reportedly Questioning Jets Offense
As usual, nothing is copacetic with the Jets. According to the New York Daily News, Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes, and Derrick Mason have each spoken with Rex Ryan to voice his concern about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s system. This should not come as a shock since the Jets offense has yet to take off this year. Ryan’s love of speaking one’s mind is probably not helping matters.
It’s interesting that the players listed are all wide receivers. Entering week five, the Jets had thrown the ball 62 percent of the time this season. Though they had been making an effort to throw the ball, they weren’t showing results.
Plaxico Burress went without a catch in week two; Mason only has 13 catches for 115 yards; and Santonio Holmes has been held to four or fewer catches and 60 or fewer yards the past four games.
Plaxico, despite his drops, has shown he can still make plays. Mason is not much of a difference maker. But Holmes is a playmaker, so you have to question an offense that has struggled to put the ball in his hands.
The Jets denied the report prior to Sunday’s game with the Patriots, but it’s easy to see where those players would have complaints. Rex Ryan was dissatisfied with the offense through four games and vowed to get back to the ground-and-pound style. New York threw the ball 26 times in Sunday’s loss to the Patriots and ran it 25 times. Maybe the problem has been Mark Sanchez all along, and the defense just isn’t good enough to carry them like it has in the past.