Jets teammate on Holmes: “He quit”

AP

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.

50 responses to “Jets teammate on Holmes: “He quit”

  1. “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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    SAME OLD YET’S!!!

  5. 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???

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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.

  13. “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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

    And I’m not a fan of either team.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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