On the field, the Jets’ passing game has struggled this season. Off the field, the Jets’ receivers are reportedly saying those struggles are offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s fault.
The New York Daily News reports that wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason have all individually gone to head coach Rex Ryan in the past few weeks to question Schottenheimer’s system.
If Holmes, Burress and Mason are unhappy about the number of passes they’re getting, that runs counter to the public criticisms of the Jets’ offense: The biggest criticism of the Jets’ offense has been that they’re throwing too much and running too little. But the three receivers are unhappy about the offense, and it says something about what’s going on with this team that they feel the need to go over Schottenheimer’s head and complain to Schottenheimer’s boss.
Schottenheimer said last week that he agrees with those who think he’s not doing a good enough job getting the offense going.
“We were really just kind of struggling, calling bad plays and not executing as clean as we need to do,” Schottenheimer said. “I take responsibility for that.”
It’s one thing for Schottenheimer to say publicly that the offense is his mess to clean up. It’s another thing for the Jets’ receivers to go to Ryan privately and complain about Schottenheimer. This sounds like a mess that could get a lot bigger.