Jets will start Santonio with "the easiest position in football to learn"

The New York Jets don’t want to throw too much at new wide receiver Santonio Holmes, and so they’re lining him up in organized team activities at the easiest position for him to learn.

In the opinion of Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, that’s the X receiver spot.

The easiest position in football to learn is the X,” Schottenheimer told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “There’s not as much to think about.”

The X receiver lines up on the line of scrimmage on the weak side of the formation, and it’s a position where it’s fairly easy for a receiver to remember where he’s supposed to line up. The slot receiver, on the other hand, lines up all over the place, and Schottenheimer wants a player who’s been in his system a little longer to do that.

“The guy in the slot is the guy that moves a lot,” Schottenheimer told Mehta. “He’s all over the place. So Jerricho [Cotchery] can obviously handle that, because he’s been here. We’re trying to make it real basic for [Holmes] right now.”

57 responses to “Jets will start Santonio with "the easiest position in football to learn"

  1. The New York Jets don’t want to throw too much at new wide receiver Santonio Holmes, and so they’re lining him up in organized team activities at the easiest position for him to learn.
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    Yeah suspended.

  2. Why? Is he a rookie again? The X,Y, slot………do different things in your offense, so line the guy up at the spot he is suppose to do what you need him to do………….

  3. Since Santonio is brain dead from his pot smoking, he would need something REALLY SIMPLE. I doubt he takes his pants down to take a Cr#p.

  4. Could you have taking this blog post MORE out of context?
    You make it sound like they’re spoon-feeding Holmes, and he comes across as unable to handle the other positions.
    I like how your blurb omits the parts where Schottenheimer is working on teaching Holmes the intricacies of the flanker spot and giving him a tutorial on the slot-position.
    I cannot figure out why you would post this article at all if you were going to slice it to the point to misrepresent its contents.

  5. Sounds like they’re implying the obvious….Santonio is a re-tard. Quick, how many OSU alums does it take to turn off an I-pod on a plane?!

  6. I mean, adding to my above post, can my argument be summed up any better than the following?
    Your headline says they’re starting him at the easiest position.
    The ACTUAL blog subject is about Holmes becoming a more VERSATILE receiving threat.
    Nice spin job.

  7. I realize it’s a different offense, but does a 5th year veteran really need to take baby steps like this? No wonder Pittsburgh unloaded him for a 5th round pick…

  8. Really? Do they think he’s some kind of retard? This is a Super Bowl MVP who has been playing receiver for years. I think he can handle your magical Jet offense of “Run, Run, Run and pass only on 3rd and long and pray Sanchez doesn’t throw a pick”. Not too complicated.

  9. How about this quote from Mehta’s piece:
    “You’re going to see (Holmes, Cotchery, Edwards and Keller) in all kinds of positions.”
    Or would that have cut into your misrepresentation?

  10. Translation: Holmes is an idiot so we are giving him a playbook written with crayons.

  11. I think the comments above show what an awful job was done here regarding what the article ACTUALLY entailed.
    I urge EVERYONE commenting and reading this post to read the actual article by Jet Beat Writer Manish Mehta so you do not let PFT’s deplorable job here affect your opinions wrongly.

  12. Coaches make their “systems” sound more complicated than they are. You’re either on the left or the right….comprende???

  13. In other words, we like Holmes more than Cotchery.
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    Thats what I got out of this article. Its basically a greasy way of moving Cotchery out of the starting lineup.

  14. “You’re going to see (Holmes, Cotchery, Edwards and Keller) in all kinds of positions.”
    Yeah, hands on the roof with feet spread. Hands on the trunk with feet spread. Hands behind his back with feet spread…….

  15. I don’t think much of anything comes easy to Holmes….his track record speaks for itself and it says…..”Idiot”

  16. Translation: PFT spins everything against the Jets. I never saw a football site focus more on one team than this site does. It sounds like Florio and his flunkies have a real hard on for the Jets.

  17. Seems like the Newark Jests have dumb it down for several players.
    Last year Mark Sanchez, red/green don’t throw picks and this year Santonio.
    Maybe if Shottenheimer can make a reference to twisting up a fatty, Holmes will be quicker on the uptake.

  18. @SBS0311
    @straverse chill out, now you decide to lash out on Smith because it is your team? Welcome to American journalism. Everything has spin on it, where the hell have you guys been? He is not going to include every segment of the original article in this post! For you journalism buffs out there that is called plagiarism.

  19. The only thing worse than the butchering of this story by PFT is the collective “HURRR” from every poster follwing the Jets to horribly analyze the upcoming season. God, I love this site.

  20. Holmes isn’t a bad receiver though he’s not too bright off the field, he was consistent for Pittsburgh playing most of the time in their X spot it wasn’t until they had problems blocking for Roethlisberger that they had to give him time in the Y spot because they didn’t have the time to let Holmes’ routes develop down field. The X spot in Schotty’s system is good for Holmes because it gets him the furthest away from where most of the traffic takes place. Holmes isn’t built for bruising. It’s easy to learn because Holmes won’t have to address the opening and closing of passing lanes that he would address in traffic.

  21. They need to make sure they are firing on all cylinders with their incredibly complex offensive scheme.
    I mean, the last thing you want is for your WR to be out of position on one of the 53.8% of passes that actually are delivered where they are supposed to be.
    If that happens, they might come in 32nd in passing in the NFL instead of 31st.

  22. SBS0311, if this was about his intelligence and versatility, why would you make the comment at all? A coach would simply say, “We’re starting him at the position he’s used to playing, but we’ll be moving him around a lot.” Not, “We;re starting him at the easiest position to learn.”

  23. My advice to Santonio is when you wake and bake, don’t invite Rex Ryan because after he tunes up he will eat you out of house and home … and maybe eat you, too!

  24. yeah, he must be real stupid. a guy who is a superbowl mvp and had 1,200 yards last season. if he is dumb, then i want all the jets receivers to be dumb.
    you turds that write for this website are classic.

  25. None of you read the original article that Smith chopped up with his own spin. The X receiver is what he played in Pitt, so this is what they are starting him out as, since it is what he is most familiar with, and is also the easiest to pick up.
    “Before Santonio Holmes diversifies his portfolio in the coming weeks, he’s keeping things relatively simple as he transitions to his team. That’s why the Jets talented wide receiver spent the better part of the first week of OTAs working in familiar territory as the split end — or “X” receiver”
    You don’t build a house with the roof first… so if you are going to build a receiver up to do more than he is used to doing, you start him off with what he knows, and does best, and go from there.

  26. “I mean, the last thing you want is for your WR to be out of position on one of the 53.8% of passes that actually are delivered where they are supposed to be.
    If that happens, they might come in 32nd in passing in the NFL instead of 31st.?
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    hard to finish at the top of the league in passing when you run more than any team in the league. who cares about that fact though? last year teams stacked the box with 8-9 players all the time against the jets and we still led the league in rushing.
    good luck to the team that stacks the box while edwards, cotchery, holmes and keller are on the field. our run game is going to be even better than it was last season!

  27. end guard and tackle. Sit at the end of the bench, guard the water bucket and tackle anyone who tries to get a drink.
    HOW ABOUT ON THE BENCH

  28. Ill never understand why some people cant stop smoking weed even when it costs them millions of dollars. He will never last in ny, he needs to be in a smaller media market.

  29. Hey Kris Jenkins,
    you can roll out Jerry Rice, Lynn Swann etc.
    You still have Mark Sanchez at QB.
    I know he went two games in the playoffs without a pick.
    Get the gold jacket ready Canton is waiting for your 60% rated QB.
    Newark Jests the paper champions !
    Happy 41st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Man don’t give Ganja a bad rap by blaming it for the man being brain dead. Live slow all.

  31. that’s not even the best line from the piece: apparently, shonn greene takes the phrase “hit the line” a little too literally.

  32. This site is like Fox news. It’s not really a news site at all. It’s just twisting the truth into something it really isn’t, but appealing to idiots.

  33. @SBS0311,
    Like I read PFT to form an opinion. I already know the Jets are overrated, and nothing suprises me coming from that camp. They are an embarrassment to adult athletes….especially their coach and their gullable fans.

  34. as a big fin fan this is hard for me to do but i have to give the jets credit i think it’s a smart move. and as he become’s more familiar with the offense then maybe a change will be in order. but he’s not gonna beat the fish in the x spot so as always maybe next year for the jets.

  35. ummm real translation: There are several WRs that know all the WR positions in the offense, so they are running those receivers in those spots so that the most is gotten out of the early work.
    Also, Santonio probably should be playing more on the outside since his skillset dictates that he be an outside receiver. So he is being trained at the most basic level–just like any job. By Training Camp, I would bet he will be doing more.
    OHH and also the whole “he is slow b/c he smokes pot” is ridiculous too (I didn’t feel like making a smartass response to that b/c it obviously came from someone who just doesn’t get life).
    People are dumb.

  36. This site is like Fox news. It’s not really a news site at all. It’s just twisting the truth into something it really isn’t, but appealing to idiots.
    love it

  37. It’ll take a year or two to recover the IQ points that he had to drop to become part of the Steeler brain trust…

  38. You’d figure with 4 extra weeks on his hands, he’d be able to put it to good use…

  39. I don’t attribute this guys stupidity to him smoking something. I know plenty of people who are rather bright who smoke pot daily. As for everybody hating on the Jets, we’ll see. They aren’t about to be some joke come this season. Even if they lose to Baltimore on week 1, I won’t be worried. I see Baltimore as the top competition in the AFC this season. If they can get a little more production out of corner this season, it’ll be scary to face them. I just hope the Jets secondary comes ready to play and doesn’t allow this array of receivers to get any separation. Hopefully Jason Taylor says hello to Joe Flacco a few times as well.

  40. “smithopher says:
    May 23, 2010 9:03 AM
    Hopefully Jason Taylor says hello to Joe Flacco a few times as well.

    Are they both going to be on dancing with the stars?

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