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Jets have no “captains,” but do they have leaders?

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After the failed experiment to make receiver Santonio Holmes act like a captain by putting a “C” on his jersey last season, Jets coach Rex Ryan won’t be applying the “C” to anyone’s jersey in 2012.

The question is whether they have anyone who will act like a captain in 2012.

Guard Matt Slauson says it will.  “I think in a situation like that where there are no captains named, it kind of forces guys to step up and take ownership, and guys like Brandon [Moore] have done a phenomenal job with that,” guard Matt Slauson said, per Brian Costello of the New York Post.  “Mark [Sanchez] has done a phenomenal job, obviously.  Those are just the offensive guys.  It kind of forces those guys to step up and all the rest of us respect them even more because that ‘C’ is not just given to them.”

Moore agrees.  “You guys in the media like to anoint leaders,” Moore said. “But there’s people here every day who are veterans, starters who are leading by example, helping a young guy, setting the tempo, leading by doing his job at a high level or limiting his [mental errors] or running to the next drill.  That’s leadership.  If that’s the case, a lot of guys are doing that.”

Defensive lineman Sione Pouha, who wore a “C” last season, says the “C” is irrelevant.

“The real emblem is not the ‘C’, it’s the team name on the front of your jersey,” Pouha said. “It doesn’t affect us in any way.  We know we’re all here to help each other.  We all stand in one line and march together.”

The real question is whether Holmes will be regarded as truly part of that line.  His words and actions last year while wearing the “C” could have a lingering impact in 2012 — especially if his words and actions in 2013 aren’t substantially different.

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18 Responses to “Jets have no “captains,” but do they have leaders?”
  1. bluefan204 says: Jul 5, 2012 6:53 AM

    Rex’s beer gut will lead them straight to Burger King. No ‘C’ required.

    If I were a Jests fan, I’d be pretty annoyed with these constant attempts at being ‘different’, but with the same result of the players and coaches acting like idiots.

  2. jpb12 says: Jul 5, 2012 6:53 AM

    This team is made up of ‘individuals’.
    Tannenbaum & Ryan are 2012;s version of dumb and dumber.

    Ducasse, Hunter are embarrassingly bad. You’d think they would have interviewed Ducasse before drafting him. Guy’s a total idiot and can’t understand the playbook.

    Sanchez is NOT a leader. Again – who interviews these guys before the draft?

    Rex’s attempt at making Santonio a leader is another bad joke. His constant statements that he’s gonna win the super bowl are tired already.

    And of course, the whole foot fetish story looks good on the Johnson & Johnson brand. I’m sure they have a pill for that.

    The whole organization is a joke.

  3. rasalghoul says: Jul 5, 2012 7:39 AM

    I feel bad for the Jets fans. This team looks like it is ready to implode. It would be nice to see them in the super bowl instead of the Patriots/Steelers every year but the me first attitude some players have is a team killer.

  4. thrillomania says: Jul 5, 2012 8:11 AM

    well, if the Jets had voted for captains like most teams do, by the players, not the coaches, maybe they wouldn’t have had a situation where they had captains no one in the locker room respected. Now they cut off their nose to spite their faces. The biggest problem with the Jets coaching staff and organization is, they keep thinking they know better than everyone else. Good luck to them.

  5. 49erstim says: Jul 5, 2012 8:15 AM

    The “C” on the jersey may be irrelevant, but the need for captains/leaders is not. The mistake was not the letter used as a uniform decal, but the choice/ choices of who said jersey decor was given to. Santonio is NOT a team leader. He is a prima donna. You need to let guys earn that captain title through hard work, not just gift it and hope for the best. Good luck this year Jet fans. I hope for your sake this team comes together. :-)

  6. sj39 says: Jul 5, 2012 8:22 AM

    They have a natural born leader and he should be the starting QB.

  7. ivydude81 says: Jul 5, 2012 8:37 AM

    23 of the 32 offensive captains last year were QBs. When your starting QB is in the bottom 5 QBR rating he cannot be captain, sorry Sanchez. But to take away the entire concept of captain bc your QB is garbage is weak. Let Mangold be Captain, arguably best center in the league (toss up w/ Kalil in Carolina)

  8. billinva says: Jul 5, 2012 8:41 AM

    More fuel for the meltdown!

  9. kerc1986 says: Jul 5, 2012 8:43 AM

    I think sanchez and holmes, should get one this year, they did a good job last year.

  10. descendency says: Jul 5, 2012 8:59 AM

    It’s because “Mark Sanhez” has no “C” in him. They don’t want their ‘starting QB’ not being a captain with their backup QB having a ‘C’.

  11. jenniferxxx says: Jul 5, 2012 9:25 AM

    Gimme a ‘T’ … gimme an ‘E’ …

    … and it don’t spell Sanchez.

  12. vincentbojackson says: Jul 5, 2012 9:28 AM

    Once again, we see why the Jets fail year after year. While they’re concentrating on a bunch of non-sense all the elite organizations are focused on getting back to the Superbowl.

  13. uwsptke says: Jul 5, 2012 9:36 AM

    A true leader doesn’t point at his new contract that he really didn’t deserve and say “This should answer any questions about wheter or not I’m a leader.”

  14. jcusa514 says: Jul 5, 2012 10:06 AM

    this whole “C” thing is stupid anyway. these are grown men. this isn’t high school

  15. CKL says: Jul 5, 2012 10:28 AM

    The attitude of the players quoted seems to be a good one. Time will tell if it’s talk or reality.

    That said, I like how the Pats (and a couple other teams do it: teammates vote on captains, but they don’t wear the “Cs” on their jerseys. I am not sure why the Pats do that but my guess is that they want the players to be able to acknowledge that there are leaders among themselves, but the don’t want to deviate from the “team” thing of differentiating those guys with emblems.

  16. jetstizzi85 says: Jul 5, 2012 11:28 AM

    1 down year in the Rex era and people go nuts with the whole “I told you so” BS….3 years as HC of the Jets = 2 AFC Championship games and an 8-8 year. In most cases, that is a good run for a HC and team. “Fans” just dont want to admit that this is a damn good football team.

    The Jets as a whole had a bad year last season and just barely missed the playoffs. They are still young and have some great players on this team!

    As a Jets fan, we know who the real C’s are on the team and we dont need to see a C on the jerseys to know.

  17. ampats says: Jul 5, 2012 11:38 AM

    The Jets have actually regressed from a personnel standpoint since Ryan has taken over. Hate him as I did Mangini actually knew players and my guess is that Tannenbaum may be considered a good cap guy ( ?? Darrelle Revis ??) might might not be as astute a personnel guy since Mangini I believe had input into the draft when the Jets drafted some of their core players.
    I’m not saying it is Ryan’s fault but more so exposes Tannebaum on his recent drafts with Rex as the HC. Mangini’s downfall was the Favre debacle. I still remember when Jets fans referred to him as Mangenious. Kinda like Sanchise ???

  18. peepeetoucher says: Jul 5, 2012 1:47 PM

    ampats says: Jul 5, 2012 11:38 AM

    The Jets have actually regressed from a personnel standpoint since Ryan has taken over. Hate him as I did Mangini actually knew players and my guess is that Tannenbaum may be considered a good cap guy ( ?? Darrelle Revis ??) might might not be as astute a personnel guy since Mangini I believe had input into the draft when the Jets drafted some of their core players.

    Vernon Gholston was Mangini’s choice also. In reality every player drafted is really a hit or miss. So Mangini gets the credit when he hits on 5 picks out of 20, but you forget the other 15 that weren’t. Rex had 13 picks so far not including this years draft since haven’t played a down. Out of those 13, 9 are starters or used more often than not, now I’m not saying that they are great players like Revis,Mangold,Brick,Harris, but they do play. Its hard to compare Mangini and Rex’s drafts. Every year the BPA is different and some drafts have crops of great players to work with and some drafts are horrible players. Also Mr. T has always been a cap guru and always relied on the scouting dept. to make personnel choices. Thats never going to change.

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