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Santonio Holmes: ‘I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would’

Brian-Schottenheimer-Benched-Santonio-HolmesNew York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is under plenty of pressure as a rookie who has been thrust into a starting role. Santonio Holmes could miss several weeks with a hamstring injury, but that didn’t stop him from putting even more pressure on the former West Virginia star earlier this week.

Holmes had only one catch for 25 yards in New York’s 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He was targeted five times. When discussing the game, he was quick to point out that he can’t control how many balls come his way.

“I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would,” Holmes said, via the NY Daily News. “I played 49 plays, and all I know is I had one catch. That’s all I can attest for. I just have to do my part, which is the position that I’m playing, which is primary X receiver, and a lot of times I get double-covered, taken out of plays, so the progression and the read from the quarterback have to go elsewhere.”

Smith has not played well in the early part of the season, as he acknowledged recently when he apologized to the Jets’ defense for putting them in compromising positions with turnovers. Does Holmes feel he deserves an apology as well?

One thing we can say for sure is that receivers always sound whiny when they pull the “I can’t throw it to myself” card. Hakeem Nicks already went down that road with the New York Giants earlier this season, and it was not well-received by head coach Tom Coughlin. Holmes needs to be supporting his rookie quarterback, not acting like a diva. That is especially true if he is expecting to miss a few games anyway.

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.

Santonio Holmes says drawing so many flags is messing with his stats

In a season where most people thought the Jets passing game was going to struggle mightily, Santonio Holmes is off to a pretty solid start. Holmes has racked up 243 yards in three games, having caught nine passes for 147 yards in the Jets most recent win over Miami. He has also contributed to the passing game by drawing a number of penalties, but Holmes says that’s not the way he wants the Jets offense to rack up yardage.

“It’s really messing with my catches, I can honestly say that,” Holmes said. “It’s keeping them down by having the penalties drawn. If we can keep stats on penalties per game, per player, I think those yards would add up. We can add them to our receiving yards … They hurt the receivers’ average and how they play and their performance. When you’re drawing so many penalties, you don’t get opportunities to get any catches.”

ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini did point out that Holmes was laughing, adding that he also said something about not wanting running backs to steal his touchdowns if a pass interference call in the end zone results in the ball being placed at the 1-yard line.

While Santonio was laughing, I’m sure he wasn’t completely kidding. Based on some of the reported hissy fits he has thrown during practice and the way he has quit on the Jets in the past, we know he can be an extremely selfish player.

H/T Barstool Sports
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Santonio Holmes: Mark Sanchez was ‘rattled’ by the Tim Tebow trade

On the surface, the Tim Tebow trade did not appear to bother Mark Sanchez. Reporters fished for some sign of panic from the Jets starting quarterback all summer but were only treated to cliches like “whatever’s best for the team” and “we’re just trying to win games.” In fact, Sanchez even expressed confidence that Tebow was a backup for New York above all else. But according to Santonio Holmes, the move did indeed concern Sanchez.

“‘Wow, did this happen?’” Holmes said when asked about Sanchez’s initial reaction to the Tebow trade. “Those were the words that came out of his mouth. It came off that way. It kind of rattled him a little.”

Holmes also added that Rex Ryan immediately told him that the Jets were sticking with Sanchez, and the receiver then relayed that message to his starting quarterback. He also said that while it may have concerned Sanchez at first, he has moved past the issue.

“No question,” Holmes said. “I think he understands now is that his role is to be the New York Jets starting quarterback and Tebow is here to help us win as many games as he can help us win.”

Like the rest of us, Sanchez is a human. When one of the biggest celebrities in football joins your team (and plays the same position as you), it’s only natural to feel a bit concerned. Nobody wants to lose their job, and NFL quarterbacks are no different. That being said, it sounds like the Jets intend to use Tebow in mystery Wildcat situations and even on special teams. If Sanchez can become an efficient passer and limit mistakes, Tebow will remain nothing more than a backup and specialist.

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Santonio Holmes to NY Media: ‘Be there to support us, not try to break us down’

Santonio Holmes is entering his third season with the Jets, but apparently he is still somewhat unfamiliar with the way things work in New York. The media are not your friend. Writers and reporters may try to build close relationships with the players so they can get quotes for their stories and successfully do their jobs, but they are just as happy with a locker room that is in shambles as their are with a team who is one win away from the Super Bowl. Both make for great reading.

However, Holmes decided to lecture the media on Wednesday about being a part of the team.

“If you guys want to be, and this is for the New York media, if you guys want to be a part of our team and want to feel so important, be there to support us, not to try to break us down,” he said during a podcast interview with NFL.com’s Dave Dameshek. “Because (there’s) not one day that we all step in that locker room and we try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that person played because it affects the team the way one person plays if they don’t play to perfection.

By saying things like this and being open about quitting on the team, Holmes makes the life easier for the New York media. He doesn’t seem to get that.

“If the New York media wants to be a part of our team and wants to continue writing about us, write positive things, stay away from the negative because it doesn’t do anything good for our team that you want to report all the negative things that happen and that’s all you want to talk to us players about,” Holmes continued. “We live for one thing and that’s to play football and not to entertain you people in the media.”

They don’t want to be a part of the team. They want to do their jobs by writing stories people are interested in reading and reporting news people want to hear. If that comes in the way of locker room drama or a team that is self destructing, they have no problem with it whatsoever.

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Santonio Holmes doesn’t think a two-quarterback system can work in the NFL

Ir is highly unlikely that the Jets brought in Tim Tebow simply to be a backup quarterback or a contributor on special teams. As Rex Ryan and the New York coaching staff have mentioned, Tebow is expected to receive several snaps per game and be a big part of the team’s offense. He may be bluffing, but Ryan has made it clear that opponents should be ready for a dose of both Mark Sanchez and Tebow. Santonio Holmes does not feel as though that would be effective.

According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano asked Holmes in an interview if he thinks a two-quarterback system could be successful a the NFL level.

“No,” Holmes replied. “I don’t think so. Because you have to allow one quarterback to get in the rhythm of a game. And it starts from the preparation of practice. Making mistakes early in the game to finishing the game at the end, you don’t change a guy out just because he has a few mistakes early in a game. So I think coming into the season we have a lot to expect from Sanchez.”

As we know, Holmes was unhappy with the amount of targets he received last year. He and Sanchez have supposedly worked to build a stronger relationship this offseason (as the Valentine’s Day evidence will show you), but it would stand to reason that he won’t see as many balls if Tebow comes into the game for multiple snaps.

Like most other star receivers, Santonio has made it clear that he simply wants the ball. Personally, I agree with him that a two-quarterback system doesn’t work at the NFL level. It’s rarely ever implemented for a reason. However, it sounds like the Jets are going to try it at least in some capacity. The fact that Holmes is against it before the season has even begun is somewhat alarming for Jets fans.

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Santonio Holmes reportedly had a ‘mini-meltdown’ at Jets practice

And so it begins (continues?). The Jets have admitted that a number of locker room problems hampered their season last year. With that in mind, you would think they would make it a point to come into 2012 focused and ready to work. If Thursday’s practice was any indication, Santonio Holmes still needs a bit more time before making that commitment.

According to ESPNNewYork.com, Holmes “staged a mini-meltdown” at the end of the Jets’ two-hour workout on Thursday afternoon. He reportedly limped off the field and threw his helmet. His problem? He felt he had been worked too hard.

“I was talking to the coach, letting him understand it was too many reps today,” Holmes said. “I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of the guys and where they want us to be at.”

Santonio has missed some practices as he was out of the country on a USO-sponsored trip to a U.S. Air Force base in Germany. Rex Ryan said he has no problem with any player sitting out practice or leaving early if they feel they have some sort of injury. You could make a case that Holmes could have simply been frustrated that his body couldn’t handle the workout, but his comments make it clear that he was blaming the coaches.

Regardless of what the injury may have been, there’s no need for Santonio to throw a fit. From the way the incident was described, it sounds like he was being a complete baby. Shocking, I know.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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