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Santonio Holmes was excited Jets beat Brian Schottenheimer’s Rams

Santonio Holmes hasn’t played for the Jets since injuring his foot in Week 4, but that doesn’t mean he can’t gloat after the team’s wins.

Holmes specifically took a jab at current Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Twitter after the Jets’ 27-13 win over St. Louis on Sunday.

Holmes and Schottenheimer clashed during Brian’s stint as the Jets’ offensive coordinator. Holmes criticized Schottenheimer’s playcalling, while Schottenheimer is the coach who benched Holmes during the Jets’ Week 17 loss to the Dolphins last season. There’s no doubt Holmes loved getting revenge.

Schottenheimer was also pretty fired up for the game as well; the New York Daily News reports that he pumped his fist and looked across the field after the Rams scored a touchdown on their opening drive. He must feel pretty silly for that now.

Brian Schottenheimer Benched Santonio Holmes, Not Rex Ryan

The New York Jets would have needed a lot of help to clinch a wild card spot on Sunday, so they decided not to complicate things. By losing to the Dolphins, the Jets closed out a disappointing season and failed to reach the postseason for the first time in three years.  The biggest story of the day was the benching of Santonio Holmes.  After the game, an unnamed teammate said Holmes “quit” on the Jets.  According to the NY Daily News, it was the decision of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to bench him — not Rex Ryan.

According to several players, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who may have coached his final game with the Jets, decided to take Holmes out during the Jets’ final drive of the game. Holmes, who didn’t have a catch, had a heated discussion with teammates earlier in the second half, two players told the Daily News. They also felt that Holmes “quit” on the team based on his body language. When Holmes’ replacement, Patrick Turner, scored a 10-yard touchdown with 1:24 to go, Holmes sat alone on the bench, motionless.

“I looked out there and was wondering why he wasn’t out there,” Ryan said of Holmes. “I did not bench Santonio.”

Holmes and Schottenheimer did not speak to each other after the game.  When asked if he thought Schottenheimer should return as the Jets’ offensive coordinator next season, Holmes simply said, “Right now, let’s hope for the best.”

Holmes signed a $45 million contract with New York during the offseason, so trading him probably isn’t an option at this point.  An argument could be made that Ryan’s comments — or lack thereof — reflect the difficulty of that situation.  Rex made it clear that he was confused by the decision to pull Santonio from the game, which wasn’t exactly a way of offering support for Schottenheimer.  While disciplinary problems are certainly nothing new for Holmes, it is more likely that he will return to the Jets next season and Schottenheimer will not.

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.

Santonio Holmes Criticizes Brian Schottenheimer, Jets Play Calling

If anyone within the New York Jets organization finds them self on the hot seat this offseason, it could very well be offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.  The Jets defense is generally solid and has received little criticism since Rex Ryan’s arrival, but Mark Sanchez and the offense has been a different story.  Some of New York’s struggles have been the result of relying on a young quarterback, but a greater portion can be blamed on Schottenheimer’s play-calling.

According to Santonio Holmes, the AFC Championship on Sunday was no exception.  Holmes seemed extremely annoyed when the Star-Ledger asked him about being sidelined for the first few plays of the game against the Steelers.

“Ask Coach Schottenheimer what happened; he’ll explain everything to you,” Holmes said. “I don’t have the answer to that. We’ve got to put together the plays that we’ve been running against these guys, what’s been working for us. We kind of got away from our game plan in the game, and it forced us to go do what we have to do to survive.”

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