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Santonio says he was the “scapegoat” last year


Less than a week after getting advice from Keyshawn Johnson on how to handle himself, Jets receiver Santonio Holmes has declared himself the “scapegoat” for last year’s season-ending loss.

Imagine if he didn’t get such good counsel.

After his meltdown resulted in his benching, he believes he was given too much blame after the season-ending loss.

“It was playoffs on the line and your best receiver doesn’t get but two passes thrown his way in 60 minutes of football,” Holmes told ESPN 1050 radio, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “That’s just hard to understand when you want everything just as bad as everybody else does and it just doesn’t happen. And nobody has the answers for it. … but the scapegoat is answer. And that’s what happened.”

Holmes did say earlier in the interview that he was part of the problem, by being too honest about the team’s struggles. There was more of the interview Mehta transcribed, but frankly, it didn’t make much sense.

Just as he doesn’t understand the role of the media, there seem to be a lot of things the mercurial wideout will simply never get.

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28 Responses to “Santonio says he was the “scapegoat” last year”
  1. mgifford15 says: Jul 30, 2012 7:58 PM

    3-5 years until Holmes is out of the nfl. This dude has “baby T.O.” written all over him.

  2. finsfan71 says: Jul 30, 2012 7:59 PM

    Santonio wouldn’t be related to Larry Holmes, would he?

  3. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2012 7:59 PM

    The New York Jets tried to replace you with Peyton Manning???

    I never knew that #18 played wide receiver.

  4. nyjets1017 says: Jul 30, 2012 8:02 PM

    If he wasn’t guaranteed all that money he’d be on the same line as TO and plaxico

  5. joshsports6000 says: Jul 30, 2012 8:05 PM

    Good to see Santonio really changing his ways.

  6. joyjoy69 says: Jul 30, 2012 8:10 PM

    Get your popcorn out… this is going to be an awesome storyline for us Jets-haters! Perhaps Santonio doesn’t understand that QBs don’t throw the ball to well-covered receivers, and that once a mediocre QB assumes you are out of the game, it’s hard to change his mind…

    However, he is instead beginning the kind of rants that tear apart locker rooms and make Jets-haters go crazy with excitement!

  7. dirtybird28 says: Jul 30, 2012 9:13 PM

    I’m shocked this guy is still on the roster. Dump him and pick up a threat like Plax or hell even give Braylon a shot.

  8. electionconfidential says: Jul 30, 2012 9:28 PM

    Can’t fix stupid.

  9. jr4real says: Jul 30, 2012 9:34 PM

    Steelers Fan….love it!!!


    Have fun. 5th rounder was a steal…for Pitt.

  10. pdma7 says: Jul 30, 2012 9:42 PM

    First it was Holmes, soon it will be Wallace, the Steelers know a rotten egg when they don’t sign one.

  11. wadinmypants says: Jul 30, 2012 9:42 PM

    Santonio Holmes is a freaking douche. NFL general manager beware! When the Steelers let a young productive player go…….. There is a good reason behind it. Jets got suckered into signing Captain Idiot and are paying the price financially and team chemistry wise.

  12. bmcgrath2 says: Jul 30, 2012 9:44 PM

    Only one 1,000 yard season, and only 34 TD’s in 6 seasons and yet this guy acts like he has Randy Moss numbers.

    Their isn’t a more overrated receiver, if not player, in the NFL. Period.

  13. whatchutalkingabouthillis says: Jul 30, 2012 10:03 PM

    No one’s milked so much publicity off one play since Steve Gleason.

  14. steelerssmack4u says: Jul 30, 2012 10:03 PM

    Hey LOSER, did you just complete another “WAKE-N-BAKE” before you showed up at an interview. I’m sooo happy the Steelers gave you away. Got rid of a cancer and the Steelers still went to the Super Bowl!!!

  15. seahawkgoat says: Jul 30, 2012 10:04 PM

    I think he said escape goat – that’s his nickname for Plaxico

  16. passthepeppa says: Jul 30, 2012 10:07 PM

    I remember years ago when my non-Steelers-fan-friends gave me hell when PIT traded him. Now we are seeing why he was shipped for a 5th rounder. what a douche

  17. anpsteel says: Jul 30, 2012 10:12 PM

    If Santonio had a clue, he’d still be with the best organization in professional football. Unfortunately, Santonio’s ability and brain are not at a state of equilibrium.

    Hence: he plays for the Jets.

  18. crp63 says: Jul 30, 2012 10:28 PM

    Such a bright guy…..see boys and girls thats what “Time to wake and bake” does to you…

  19. NakedCowboy! says: Jul 30, 2012 10:38 PM

    modern family…

  20. 69finfan says: Jul 30, 2012 10:54 PM

    I wonder how this all fits into Rexy’s guaranty that the locker room will be cohesive and undivided this year. Stay tuned!

  21. freemanmvp says: Jul 30, 2012 10:55 PM

    Man this guy just wont shut up.He must like showing he is an idiot because he keeps doing it and than evrybody laughs at him.Good fit for the over-hyped Jets.Rex Ryan will be gone in 2 more season’s.

  22. vincentbojackson says: Jul 30, 2012 10:59 PM

    Jet fan loves to throw around the word “haters” anytime someone reacts to the simple fact that their team is an absolute dumpster fire.

    Honestly, when was the last time there was any news regarding the Jets that suggested they’re headed in the right direction?

  23. jtdapit50 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:04 PM

    I love when players whine about not getting the ball. pretty much affirms that L.T. was right about him.

  24. patpatriotagain says: Jul 31, 2012 2:01 AM

    this must be that “tight knit group” Rex was talking about.

  25. polamalurulz43 says: Jul 31, 2012 8:14 AM

    Rex, thanks again for taking Santonio and giving us that draft pick. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

    Warmest wishes, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and Antonio Brown, you know, the guy we picked up and just extended 5 years

  26. namvet4 says: Jul 31, 2012 8:28 AM

    And now… moving from the sideshow to the center ring! A legend in his own mind! Jets Management and Coaches still do not have a handle on this farce!
    Stay tuned for more entertainment from Clown Central.

  27. 49erstim says: Jul 31, 2012 10:21 AM

    I don’t think he knows (among a LOT of other things) what a scapegoat is. You absolutely deserve a heaping helping of criticism for your antics. I bet you were jogging late in that game and pouting too. I feel bad for the Jets a little here, but they did this to themselves. Bad contract for such a diva. Start getting a reality-TV contract lined up because your NFL career is about over. If TO, who was relatively quiet his last couple years in the league, can’t find work then chances are that when you’re done in NY you won’t find work either.

  28. 49erstim says: Jul 31, 2012 10:22 AM

    These guys don’t show up in a team bus, they show up in a clown car!

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