For the players who respond to such things, the Jets have been willing to provide plenty of bulletin board material to the Panthers.
The latest was wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who, showing a Patton-esque sense of military tactics, has identified a potential weakness in Carolina’s defense..
“Not to call these guys out, but their secondary is probably weakest link on their defense,” Holmes said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.
Nothing against the venerable Holmes (who may now need to go by Sherlock), but that’s been evident since the offseason, when the Panthers were filling their defensive backfield with cast-offs and undrafted rookies.
For most of the season, the Panthers have been able to get away with it, because of the pressure created by their front four and an excellent set of linebackers. It didn’t work out last week against the Saints, but no one is going to confuse the Jets’ passing attack for that one.
Of course, the Jets started taking shots at the Panthers months ago, with outside linebacker Antwan Barnes mocking their offensive line after Bills defensive end Mario Williams had 4.5 sacks against them.
But that was months ago, before the Panthers wheeled off eight wins in a row and made themselves a playoff team.