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Jets teammate on Holmes: “He quit”


There were a lot of ugly moments during the Jets’ meltdown in Miami Sunday, but one stood above the rest.

Santonio Holmes, after barking at a teammate in the huddle, was pulled from the game late in the fourth quarter. He sat on the bench with his helmet off, not even paying attention as his team’s season ended.

After the game, one unnamed Jets teammate said Holmes “quit” on the team. And it didn’t start this week.

“He quit,” the player told Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “It’s happened for the past two to three weeks. It’s happened all season.”

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer apparently made the call to take Holmes out.

“I looked out there, and I was wondering why he wasn’t out there myself,” coach Rex Ryan said. “I didn’t bench Santonio. You’ll have to ask him.”

It looks like Ryan is in self-preservation mode, trying to maintain his relationship with Holmes. Multiple players told Vrentas that Holmes “moped” throughout the game and often ignored Mark Sanchez.  One player already told Holmes to get off the field if he wasn’t going to help the team.

“I’ll tell you what, it’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner,” LaDainian Tomlinson said. “When you’re a captain, guys are looking at you, you’ve got to lead by example. You’ve got to play your tail off until the last play. And when that don’t happen, you have guys looking at you in a way that captains shouldn’t be looked at.”

Tomlinson said that guys were unhappy with Holmes’ demeanor. That demeanor didn’t improve much after the game.

Holmes made it clear he wasn’t happy with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, saying it wasn’t his decision if Schottenheimer returned.

Holmes was then asked about his future with the team.

“Thank you guys,” Holmes said before abruptly ending his press conference.

It’s going to be fun offseason in New York.

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50 Responses to “Jets teammate on Holmes: “He quit””
  1. mrhashplant says: Jan 1, 2012 6:40 PM

    Do nfl refs suck or what?

  2. cometkazie says: Jan 1, 2012 6:43 PM

    And some wonder why the Yets keep failing.

  3. tatatoothy says: Jan 1, 2012 6:45 PM

    “I looked out there, and I was wondering why he wasn’t out there myself,” coach Rex Ryan said. “I didn’t bench Santonio. You’ll have to ask him.”

    And this is why you fail as a head coach. These are YOUR decisions to make, not a lame-duck OC. How can this guy make this comment and survive as the HC???

    Be the face of this franchise, Rex! Tell it like it really is:

    1. Our QB is not good enough to win a SuperBowl
    2. Our top WR is overpaid and overrated, and from the looks of things, is a quitter.
    3. That was me on the video
    4. I do like double dog hot dog pizzas
    5. Even though my QB isn’t very good, his girlfriends are H-O-T!!! and I keep him around so I can ________________ (fill in the blank)

    There you have it Jets fans.

  4. coolgato13 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:45 PM

    From Super Bowl hero to less than zero. How quickly things turn in the NFL!

  5. indyseriesnick says: Jan 1, 2012 6:46 PM

    LaDanian Tomlinson probably said it…

  6. brenenostler says: Jan 1, 2012 6:46 PM

    Get him out of there and draft a WR

  7. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 1, 2012 6:46 PM

    And you wonder why the Steelers let those two wideouts go. Guess they knew both Holmes and Burress had “character issues”.

  8. nationalmediacansuckit says: Jan 1, 2012 6:47 PM

    The NY media was laughing so hard at the Rex Ryan Comedy Hour press conferences now they aren’t laughing anymore. Funny how that works. I give Rex credit, he made the Jets relevant the past few years. It’s only a matter of time though.

  9. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Jan 1, 2012 6:48 PM

    This guy has been catered to his whole life because he can run fast and catch a football, but character has to mean something. He’s a spoiled punk, always wanting the ball thrown his way. What the hell’s the matter with him? Get rid of him Rex. If you need a place to send him give Holmgren a call. He may be a tool, but he can at least get the damned ball downfield for you.

  10. cubsisles72 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:48 PM

    Belichek would gave cut him weeks ago for that kind of attitude. Team first.

  11. oscojoe says: Jan 1, 2012 6:50 PM

    No surprise here, for all the bull the Media (& Rex) say about the culture Belichick has set for his players, you now see the fruits of Rex’s culture where the players are encouraged to say what they want.

    It is human to have selfish thoughts but unprofessional to express & act them out.

    Just one more reason why the Yet’s are who they are.


  12. shanehockey28 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:51 PM

    If i had Mark Sanchez throwing me the ball i would probably quit too..

  13. tellemallrex says: Jan 1, 2012 6:56 PM

    Get rid of him, A great athlete, but cancer has no place in ANY locker room!

  14. tunescribe says: Jan 1, 2012 6:56 PM

    Rex called Holmes the best player on the team back in training camp. And he didn’t know why his best player was benched in the most important game of the season???

  15. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:58 PM

    What a train wreck……

  16. bagadeez04 says: Jan 1, 2012 6:59 PM

    This is why it’s so risky to go get players with character issues to be on your team. And then you try to placate him by making him a captain?

    When they’re winning, guys like this won’t be a problem. When losing, guys like Holmes are a cancer. That’s why their not worth the trouble.

  17. pack15forever says: Jan 1, 2012 6:59 PM

    That’s OK. Rex Ryan will be telling everyone that if the Jets had made the playoffs they would have beaten who ever won the Super Bowl.

  18. greengob1in says: Jan 1, 2012 7:00 PM

    New York and Pittsburgh taught him well.

  19. garyman1 says: Jan 1, 2012 7:00 PM

    Damn Santonio…even your own teammates are fed up with you. Quite a legacy your are leaving

  20. thejuddstir says: Jan 1, 2012 7:01 PM

    Thats exactly what you can expect when the headcoach is so concerned with being the players “best friend”….no discipline. I’m sure Holmes listened to Rex say all year long “as far as i’m concerned, Santonio is the best wr in the league…along with Sanchez the best qb, LT the best rb, defense the best, yada yada yad”…….you remember what happened to randy moss last year when he acted up for the Pats…….Rex will never have real respect from his players becuz he has too many pets and the rest of the team isn’t gonna go for that crap.

  21. Deb says: Jan 1, 2012 7:02 PM

    Santonio is a talented receiver. But his experience with Pittsburgh should have taught him that receivers are expendable. He shouldn’t count much on all Rex’s sweet talk if he alienates everyone else.

  22. bjg5091 says: Jan 1, 2012 7:03 PM

    With the people on this team, including the head coach himself, this was inevitable. Once things start going wrong, people are going to start pointing fingers or quitting on the team. Holmes should never have been a team captain. I personally am happy they missed the playoffs. Now we don’t have to hear about the Jets in the playoffs this year.

  23. rollerino1 says: Jan 1, 2012 7:05 PM

    First class idiot…can’t believe they saddled Sanchez and the team with this selfish fool. Jets should have left the offense as it was last season, but they got greedy.

  24. wikidpissah says: Jan 1, 2012 7:21 PM

    Is that the same Ladanian Tomlinson who sat alone, ignoring his teammates in Foxboro during the AFC Championship while Phillip Rivers led the Chargers on a bad knee?

  25. ijahru says: Jan 1, 2012 7:24 PM

    Ladanian would know about quiting on a team. Kind of ironic Ladanian is calling out Holmes when in the AFC championship game against the Patriots he took himself out while Rivers played with a torn ACL.

  26. kwoodc says: Jan 1, 2012 7:25 PM

    Apparently LT forgot about all of the times he used to pout on the sideline with his helmet on.

  27. noodlecbs says: Jan 1, 2012 7:28 PM

    Wake and Bake is now Mope and Dope, haha losers

  28. mogogo1 says: Jan 1, 2012 7:29 PM

    “I looked out there, and I was wondering why he wasn’t out there myself,” coach Rex Ryan said. “I didn’t bench Santonio. You’ll have to ask him.”

    Uh, no, we’re going to ask you because you’re the stinkin’ head coach. If you have no idea why things are happening with your team, then it’s time to find somebody who does.

    And for a guy who loves to comment on absolutely everything, what a cowardly and weak way to handle that, passing the buck to his OC. Stay classy, Rex.

  29. bkostela says: Jan 1, 2012 7:30 PM

    rollerino1 says:
    Jan 1, 2012 7:05 PM
    First class idiot…can’t believe they saddled Sanchez and the team with this selfish fool. Jets should have left the offense as it was last season, but they got greedy.

    left the offense as it was? would you have rather that they kept braylon edwards, brad smith, and cotchery? all of those guys are tearing it up last i checked.

  30. jeepin08 says: Jan 1, 2012 7:30 PM

    Too funny.
    Couldn’t have happened to a better guy than the one that supposedly coach’s this team.
    Well, he will spend the off season fantisizng about what team they might beat next year.

  31. fanofthegame says: Jan 1, 2012 7:31 PM

    Forget the Browns, the Jets are the NFL’s “Factory of Sadness”.

    And I’m not a fan of either team.

  32. IainRWB says: Jan 1, 2012 7:32 PM

    I hope they just cut him. Letting LT go and keeping Holmes sends all the wrong messages.

    If I had the call it would be Mike Tannenbaum on the outs tonight. He gave Rex an under-talented, over-ego’d team this year.

  33. bigperm33 says: Jan 1, 2012 7:33 PM

    Good job Rex Ryan making this guy team captain. You sure know how to judge character.

  34. jmat40 says: Jan 1, 2012 7:53 PM

    I’ll bet Burress is really glad he picked the Jets over the Steelers.

  35. nflfan1 says: Jan 1, 2012 8:02 PM

    This is why I think Rex Ryan is in over his head as a head coach. He’s a great Defensive Coordinator. He appoints Captains because teammates would NEVER elect Sanchez or Holmes their team captains. One’s a head case and the other is NOT a leader. He talks too much for this business. He calls everyone a loser who thinks he shouldn’t be guaranteeing Super Bowls BUT he’s the one watching the playoffs w/ the rest of us. It’s good to have confidence but you can’t be a zealot about it. The Jets are not good. They’re quarterback is not good. He’s average. The best thing that happened to them was losing today so they can try and get this thing straightened out. Until he has a reality check and tones it down these guys are going no where.

  36. melikefootball says: Jan 1, 2012 8:35 PM

    Typical Holmes , was that way in Columbus, Pittsburgh and now his team is seeing his true character. He is a Captain alright and watching him on the sidelines when the game was on the line he deserved that big L or I mean C on his jersey.

  37. zurnvs says: Jan 1, 2012 8:37 PM

    This is the best train wreck I’ve seen since the red sox.

  38. whatwouldlombardido says: Jan 1, 2012 9:25 PM

    The Eagles will be teaching the Jets about team chemistry in the off-season.

  39. 7to10for6allday says: Jan 1, 2012 9:28 PM

    Said it a few days ago, dude is a bum.

  40. shaggytoodle says: Jan 1, 2012 10:04 PM

    New York Jets- All bark, no bite.

  41. shaggytoodle says: Jan 1, 2012 10:21 PM

    Matt Flynn was pretty clutch today….

  42. rugdaniels says: Jan 1, 2012 10:37 PM

    Wow. You know its bad when LT calls you out for quitting on your team

  43. revroy78 says: Jan 1, 2012 11:10 PM

    As a Titans fan, this just sounds like a repeat of Vince Young. You can have those kinds of guys on your team, just not in a leadership position.

  44. drewsylvania says: Jan 2, 2012 12:40 AM

    LT should definitely be able to recognize a moper and quitter when he sees one.

    Having The Mouth out of the playoffs, Holmes, Bart Scott, Sanchizzzee….this is a sweet day.

  45. sdswagg says: Jan 2, 2012 3:03 AM

    Honestly as a Jets fan I’m just disappointed. I never wanted my team to turn into the loudmouth laughing stock of the NFL, and never agreed with their offseason additions that turned our to be mostly busts. Whoever is seriously in charge of our organization needs to look deep and realize the foundation of this team was terribly flawed.

  46. gmen1987 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:39 AM

    Is this really that big of a surprise? Who in their right minds would make Santonio Holmes their team captain anyways?

  47. marvinmillersucks says: Jan 2, 2012 10:19 AM

    That’s How You Be Great!

  48. dd393 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:25 AM

    And given the history of his behavior, why is this a surprise? Good Ol’ Rex picked up another player in his image. Only difference is that Good Ol’ Santonio didn’t get to the dinner buffet first.

  49. granadafan says: Jan 2, 2012 4:23 PM

    What is it about Wide Receivers and being the dumbest, most egotistical and selfish divas in the league, bar none? Santonio Holmes, Stevie Johnson, TO, Ochostinko, Burress, Dez Bryante, etc, they’re all mere role players on teams yet receive disproportionate amount of attention.

  50. zaktmt says: Jan 2, 2012 5:14 PM

    I still want this guy in Purple and Gold. But the attitude is going to have to change.

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