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Holmes says he’s not unhappy


Last week, we reported that Jets receiver Santonio Holmes isn’t happy with his role in the offense.  On Wednesday, he met with the media for the first time since then, and he was asked about the report.

“Never heard that one.  Next question,” Holmes said, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.  “I didn’t talk to anybody about it.  Never heard about it.”


Asked directly whether he’s happy with his role, Holmes said, “We’re here winning ball games right now.”  (That’s nice, but that wasn’t the question.)

In seven games, Holmes has only 22 catches for 311 yards and three touchdowns.  That puts him on pace for 50 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns for the full season, and that would roughly match Holmes’ output from all of last year.

But last year he played in only 12 games.

Though Holmes called his numbers a “pretty good ratio,” he was talking about the relationship between his catches and his touchdowns, which per Brian Costello of the New York Post Holmes erroneously identified as four.  So while a ratio of one touchdown in every 5.5 catches would be “pretty good” (albeit as to Holmes not accurate), the issue isn’t how many touchdowns he has in relation to his receptions.  The issue is that he’s not being targeted as much as he’d like, and the fact that he’s averaging barely three receptions per game confirms that.

Moreover, Holmes got himself into hot water last month by complaining publicly.  So now he’s not complaining publicly.

But he’s been complaining privately.  And if he hasn’t been, he’s not much of a competitor, is he?

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43 Responses to “Holmes says he’s not unhappy”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 2, 2011 8:29 PM

    Santurdio; Once a turd, always a turd.

  2. trbowman says: Nov 2, 2011 8:30 PM

    I’d be unhappy too if Mark Sanchez were my quarterback.

  3. alldayvikings says: Nov 2, 2011 8:32 PM

    I always liked his td celebration when he does the plane.

  4. beaushunter says: Nov 2, 2011 8:33 PM

    So let me understand you – He has to complain to be a competitor?

  5. pantherdan says: Nov 2, 2011 8:35 PM

    I wonder how Priest Holmes feels….or better yet, how about Larry Holmes?

  6. tolan04 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:40 PM

    He didn’t have to sign

  7. drewj7 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:43 PM

    Yo, Mike, He says he’s not unhappy, leave the man alone. If he complains privately it’s exactly that – Private.

    What? The Jets don’t cause enough drama for you, you have to go instigating it?

    One sick game by Plaxico and you assume the guy is gonna cry about his role – look elsewhere.

  8. august1969 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:45 PM


  9. pedroherce says: Nov 2, 2011 8:46 PM

    He also doesn’t not use double negatives.

  10. donterrelli says: Nov 2, 2011 8:47 PM

    pantherdan says:
    Nov 2, 2011 8:35 PM
    I wonder how Priest Holmes feels….or better yet, how about Larry Holmes?


    You forgot Mike Holmes, from Holmes on Homes.

  11. hopendawg42 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:48 PM

    Sounds like a job for Sherlock Holmes…

  12. sbxxix says: Nov 2, 2011 8:50 PM

    Come over to the SF 49ers we wouldn’t mind having the guy who made the best catch in Super Bowl history. You’re not washed up yet but then again Mark Sanchez will make any receiving corp appear washed up.

  13. nineroutsider says: Nov 2, 2011 8:50 PM

    This is what he signed up for; weren’t they in “ground and pound” mode when he signed with them?

    Can’t cry about it now…you made your choice. How about just getting open?

  14. rca26 says: Nov 2, 2011 8:55 PM

    Hang on…did he ever actually say he was not unhappy? Or did he just dodge the question altogether?

  15. mshinson says: Nov 2, 2011 8:59 PM

    So if he doesn’t complain, he isn’t a competitor. Either way he will be insulted.

  16. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 2, 2011 8:59 PM

    He’s not complaining because he has a fast-ass car.

  17. forthelove says: Nov 2, 2011 9:02 PM

    Damn, you sound pretty pissed that he left your Steelers. Whatever, he’s gonna be unhappy for a while if Broadway Mark is throwing to him.

  18. chadcantcatch says: Nov 2, 2011 9:09 PM

    Also look at the quote that conveniently was left out of this article, which makes Santonio’s intent seem classy and unselfish , but since that doesnt seem sexy enough for this site heres the quote :

    “We can’t worry about how many catches and yards and touchdowns we put up each game. We just know that we have to do what we have to do week in and week out to help this team continue stacking wins on top of wins.”

  19. caseyanthonymunoz says: Nov 2, 2011 9:13 PM

    I’m pretty sure every WR hates playing with bad QBs. And Sanchez is awful so you can’t blame Holmes.

  20. pjhurley5 says: Nov 2, 2011 9:14 PM

    When does complaining make someone a competitor? Wanting the ball makes someone a competitor…complaining about not getting it makes you a distraction, which seems to be what he’s trying NOT to be by not getting into it with the media.

    When I translated this article one sentence came out: Santonio Holmes acted like my website was incorrect in a report that it made so I’m going to write an angry, snarky, and illogical post trying to rip him.

    Guess you didn’t take that 10-year advice about not letting your emotions get in the way of a story, eh chief? Hopefully you at least took the advice of not deleting reader comments for no reason…

  21. citizenstrange says: Nov 2, 2011 9:18 PM

    pantherdan says:
    Nov 2, 2011 8:35 PM
    I wonder how Priest Holmes feels….or better yet, how about Larry Holmes?
    Mad props to the Easton Assassin. One of my all-time favorites and one of the most underrated boxers of all-time too.

  22. philsimmsisadouche says: Nov 2, 2011 9:24 PM

    Santonio also says he’s not a jack@$$. He still is though.

  23. henrykissingerisgod says: Nov 2, 2011 9:24 PM

    very few wideouts can be great without a good qb and unfortunately tone is not one of them

  24. rexismybff says: Nov 2, 2011 9:46 PM

    After beating the fraudulent Bills and Pats the next two weeks and sitting all alone in first place, Santonio’s mood will probably be just fine.

  25. robertjamis says: Nov 2, 2011 9:47 PM

    If Holmes complains, he’s a divisive force in the dysfunctional Jets locker room on a team that talked a big game but has only managed to be one game over .500 after three losses to teams that are a combined 9-2 at home.

    If he doesn’t complain, he’s given up because he doesn’t care.

    At the end of the day, all that matters is that you walk away thinking “LOLJETS!”

  26. willyalistentothis says: Nov 2, 2011 9:48 PM

    I always laugh when I see the captain’s badge on his jersey. He must have had some great picture of Rex’s wife’s feet to pull that one off.

  27. cuda1234 says: Nov 2, 2011 9:49 PM

    What I want to know is why the Steelers are so much better than other teams when it comes to identifying wr prospects. Look at all the Steeler wr’s producing right now – H.Ward, M.Wallace, E.Sanders, A.Brown, S.Holmes, P.Burress, N.Washington, etc. That a pretty remarkable job.

  28. chadcantcatch says: Nov 2, 2011 9:51 PM

    anyone home?

  29. johnfeeser says: Nov 2, 2011 10:10 PM

    The Jets PR must have made him hang up…

  30. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Nov 2, 2011 10:12 PM

    come to carolina then man. we got a qb who can play and steve smith is shredding defenses

  31. ravensfan4life52 says: Nov 2, 2011 10:15 PM

    well Tiki is just flabbergasted

  32. psychonolfi says: Nov 2, 2011 10:39 PM

    How about John Holmes….oh thats right..he’s dead.

  33. habsman says: Nov 2, 2011 10:49 PM

    tic toc tic toc……… room explosion!

    You forgot the greatest Holmes of them all….


  34. Deb says: Nov 2, 2011 11:00 PM

    Tone isn’t happy. Ocho used to tell us whether he was happy. T.O. talked a lot about his happiness. Moss was pretty vocal when he was unhappy.

    Just curious …

    Did Paul Warfield or Charlie Joiner or Lance Alworth or Steve Largent or Jerry Rice or John Stallworth spend a lot of time talking to the media about how happy they were?

  35. gobills716 says: Nov 3, 2011 12:52 AM

    I wouldn’t be happy if Mark Sanchez was my QB.

  36. granadafan says: Nov 3, 2011 1:43 AM

    He’s lucky to even have a job at this stage of his career and with a playoff contender. Some gratitude.

  37. tdrost13 says: Nov 3, 2011 2:03 AM

    better at the Steelers and will never be the same unless he goes somewhere where he’s THE team

  38. elmoron says: Nov 3, 2011 2:59 AM

    Deb sounds unhappy.
    Are you unhappy Deb?

  39. voxnovo says: Nov 3, 2011 7:05 AM


    It seems like you’re mostly just seeking to be a troublemaker here.


  40. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 3, 2011 7:49 AM

    Good to Great. Santonio Holmes to John Holmes.

  41. jcjets says: Nov 3, 2011 8:33 AM

    Lets see if I can sum this all up: Santonio Holmes wants more catches, and touchdowns, but is happy because the team is winning. Is that what we’re talking about here?

    I would bet you could apply that same sentence to a lot of receiver in the league.

    And unless you’re telling me that Santonio would be HAPPIER in a loss where he catches 8 balls and 2 TDs, I don’t see the problem.

  42. Deb says: Nov 3, 2011 1:25 PM

    elmoron says:

    Deb sounds unhappy.
    Are you unhappy Deb?
    LOL … unhappy? No. But Diva Wideouts give me a headache 😉

  43. tluds says: Nov 3, 2011 5:01 PM

    I’d repost what I left up here this morning, but it’s pretty obvious that he’d just take it down again. No vulgarity, no threats, just an analysis of his past two Holmes posts and about how contrived they were. But after reading what is posted above most smart readers see my point anyway.

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