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Mark Sanchez, Santonio Holmes booed at Knicks game

Sitting front and center together at the Knicks-Clippers game Wednesday night were everyone’s favorite dysfunctional quarterback and receiver duo Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes. An alleged rift between the two at the end of the season was widely reported, but both players have been working on their relationship. First came the box of chocolates. The next logical step was a bro date.

But what was probably meant to be a bonding experience wasn’t received so warmly by the Madison Square Garden crowd. Both Jets were greeted with a chorus of boos when they were shown on the video screen. Must have been a Giants crowd in attendance.

Where was Tim Tebow, you might ask? His location couldn’t be confirmed, but MSG Network’s Alan Hahn had a wonderful theory:

Sanchez and Holmes laughed off the crowd’s reaction. Holmes even added a wave to the crowd. This wasn’t the first time a Jets player was welcomed by boos at an NYC sporting event. You may remember Tebow was a victim of some boo birds when he was seen at the Yankees game a few weeks back.

I’m starting to think this city hates the Jets.

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Santonio Holmes does not regret quitting on Jets during final game of season

The way the Jets finished off their 2011 season epitomized going down without a fight. After managing to remain in the playoff hunt despite their mediocre play, New York lost its final three games of the season. During the last game of the year — a 19-17 loss to the Dolphins — Santonio Holmes was benched by then offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer for reportedly quitting on the team. When speaking to reporters on Monday, Holmes expressed no remorse for the way the 2011 season came to an end.

“Why should I?” Holmes said according to the NY Daily News. “I gave my statement after the game was over with and that was that. I left it at that. That’s why you guys didn’t have anything to talk about this offseason. You didn’t have anything to say to Santonio Holmes because I answered the questions correctly and I left it where it was at. It happened down in Miami. And that’s where it’s going to stay — down in Miami.”

“Last season was a blur for all of us. Things fell apart for our team.”

Third person and everything. What a treat. Those of us who know Santonio are not the least bit surprised that he has no regrets about giving up on his team when they were in need of a spark. He’s right in the sense that you shouldn’t dwell on the past and instead focus on the future, but there’s nothing wrong with being an adult and admitting you were wrong. Unsurprisingly, admissions of guilt aren’t exactly Holmes’ strong suit.

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Santonio Holmes isn’t worried about Tim Tebow trade, just wants the ball

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the Tim Tebow trade and the “who will be the quarterback?” discussion in New York is Santonio Holmes. As the 2011 season progressed, the Jets big-money receiver grew increasingly unhappy with his lack of touches. If Rex Ryan and new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano plan to incorporate the wildcat this season and give Tebow 20 snaps per game, that could mean even less looks for Santonio. At the moment, he is reportedly not concerned about it.

“He didn’t really care (about the Tebow trade),” a player who trains with Holmes told the NY Daily News. “Tone’ just wants the ball.”

After his workout on Thursday, Holmes would not comment on the issues he had with the Jets offense last season. A certain Valentine’s Day box of chocolates seemed to indicate that him and Mark Sanchez have sorted out their differences, and that’s where Santonio is leaving it. His personal coach Tom Shaw, however, did shed some light on what Holmes expects heading into next season.

“He wants Sanchez to be successful,” Shaw said. “He’s never told me that this guy sucks. The one thing about Sanchez is that he doesn’t want to make mistakes. And that’s what Santonio says. Ben Roethlisberger would just let the ball go. He doesn’t care if (Holmes) is triple covered. If Ben thought Santonio could make a play for him, he’s shooting it in there. The more experience Sanchez gets, the more chances he’ll take. Then you’ll start seeing more balls to Santonio.”

If Sanchez falters and Tebow gets more opportunities, it would be tough to imagine him and Holmes coexisting. Tebow is not a passer, and I doubt he’s going to become one over the course of the offseason. The Jets don’t plan to use him as one, anyway. Unless Tebow’s presence opens things up for Sanchez and Santonio to connect down the field, I can’t see how the trade will be beneficial for Holmes.

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Mark Sanchez asks Santonio Holmes to be his Valentine with heart-shaped box of cookies (Picture)

How thoughtful. Mark Sanchez tweeted the above photo to Santonio Holmes on Tuesday, along with an accompanying message that read, “You want to be my Valentine?” Maybe this is a good place for Sanchez to start. He and Santonio don’t exactly have a strong chemistry, and with the Jets recently committing to Holmes for next season and beyond, it will be important that they build one.

We’re not saying this Valentine’s Day gift is better than the ones the Grizzlies were giving out, but it’s a great way for Mark and Santonio to begin building a new relationship. If one guy giving another guy a heart-shaped box of cookies can somehow help translate into wins, who are we to judge? If Holmes and Sanchez have a big season in 2012, this should go down as the defining moment of their offseason.

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.

Santonio Holmes Rips Giants Secondary, Says They Are Poor Tacklers

With the Jets and Giants facing off at the Meadowlands this weekend, and both in desperate need of a win, we expected plenty of trash talk to be exchanged throughout the week. Both teams have delivered a few light blows, with the latest from Santonio Holmes packing a bit more of a punch. In an interview with WFAN on Thursday, Holmes took aim at the Giants secondary.

“They’ve given up big plays,” Holmes said. “They’re poor tackling guys. We know plays can be made over their heads. We’ve just got to be willing to take advantage of them and make them count. They depend on their front four to get in and get pressure on the quarterback. A smart enough defender knows that he has a few seconds in his play clock that the ball should be released and if not, he’s depending on his guys to take care of business and I think those guys just fall victim to a lot of that at times.”

Shots fired? Shots fired. If an opposing receiver calling you out for poor tackling and saying you aren’t smart enough to know how long to stick with your man doesn’t motivate you, nothing will.  Antrel Rolle is tired of being called out by analysts when the Giants get torched, and this would be a good week for the G-Men to step it up in their secondary.

If you ask Derrick Mason, the Giants should handle the Jets with ease.  Mason doesn’t think the Jets know how to use their receivers, but it doesn’t sound like Holmes is worried about that with the way he’s trashing the Giants secondary.  Fortunately for us NFL fans, one of the biggest games of the year on the Jets’ and Giants’ schedule means even more this time around.

Chest bump to Pro Football Talk for passing the story along.

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.