Quintin Mikell: We had to go out and shut Santonio Holmes up

AP

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes wasn’t saying anything too different than any observer of the Panthers defense would say when he pointed out that the Carolina secondary was their weak link in the days leading up to Sunday’s game, but that didn’t mean that the defensive backs enjoyed hearing it.

They were angry about it last week and they were angry about it during the game. Jets wideout David Nelson said, via ESPNNewYork.com, that the Panthers “made a point” of letting the Jets know they were peeved by Holmes’ assessment and that they would make the Jets pay for Holmes’ transgression. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who intercepted a pass intended for Holmes and returned it for a touchdown, said he took it personally. So did safety Quintin Mikell.

“With what Santonio said earlier in the week, we had to come out and shut him up. I think we did a good job of that,” Mikell said, via the team’s website. “Our thing all year has been that people point the finger at the secondary, and that’s fine. We drive the bus from the back. We’ve had some good games and we’ve had some bad games. Tonight we had a good one and just shut them down.”

Holmes finished with two catches and said after the game that he didn’t regret his earlier comments. He also said that he still felt the Panthers secondary was the defense’s weak link, but the Carolina group showed Sunday that such things are relative when facing a passing attack piloted by Geno Smith.

17 responses to “Quintin Mikell: We had to go out and shut Santonio Holmes up

  1. Jets fans still have to be pleased with this game. Geno Smith had us in this game and still put up 20 points against in my opinion one of my favorite and one of the best defenses in the league, Milliner looks like he’s finally starting to improve and is living up to his billing (needs to fix the tackling though), and I said on another article that Rex should be fired but now that I calmed down a bit the fact that he had us in this game up until that blocked punt with this roster is amazing..

    Cut Holmes though..and Winslow both of these guys were ghosts.

  2. When are losers(Holmes) going to wise up and keep their collective mouths shut, they only hurt their team, but then again no called Holmes a team player,,,

  3. Holmes had 2 catches for 14 yards…non factor as usual. Munnerlyn the defensive back who picked off the pass intended for Holmes now has 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns this year…Holmes as a wide receiver has only 1 touchdown this year. Do the math…who is really the weakest link here

  4. I wish my Panthers wouldn’t crow so much. Holmes was wide open at least 3 times that I saw, but his QB completely missed him. Probably doesn’t change the game that much, but Holmes’ quiet day was not 100% caused by our DBs. Overall, we didn’t play our best game and we should just be happy we got the win and move on to getting ready for the Aints.

  5. The “bulletin board material” thing is stupid, tired and cliche, but if you’re not going to be totally complementary towards the other team, then you’d better play your butt off.

    Santiono Holmes should be ashamed of himself, his performance yesterday was dreadful. Good luck getting more than the vet minimum, Tone.

  6. You tip your cap to Rivera on this – Holmes made an accurate statement that Ron blew out of proportion in an effort to get his mediocre secondary to step up. It worked.

    The Panthers front seven is real good, bordering on great. Combine that with a mediocre secondary and you have a still very impressive defense, especially against a rookie QB whose best receiver (Kerley, not Santonio the Quitter) is coming off injury and is more of a #3 slot type anyway.

    Good luck to the Panthers the rest of the way. As for their secondary guys who are now chirping – let’s see how many of these guys are actually wanted when there contracts run out this year. Mitchell and Munnerlyn would be backups elsewhere and the Panthers don’t have many other gaps so they would likely look to upgrade these positions.

  7. jr507 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:28 AM

    You tip your cap to Rivera on this – Holmes made an accurate statement that Ron blew out of proportion in an effort to get his mediocre secondary to step up. It worked.

    The Panthers front seven is real good, bordering on great. Combine that with a mediocre secondary and you have a still very impressive defense, especially against a rookie QB whose best receiver (Kerley, not Santonio the Quitter) is coming off injury and is more of a #3 slot type anyway.

    Good luck to the Panthers the rest of the way. As for their secondary guys who are now chirping – let’s see how many of these guys are actually wanted when there contracts run out this year. Mitchell and Munnerlyn would be backups elsewhere and the Panthers don’t have many other gaps so they would likely look to upgrade these positions.
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    I agree. Their secondary is actually flat out trash unless they’re leading and the front seven tees off.

    Those guys got completely roasted in New Orleans since the pass rush was negated. Mike Mitchell spent two weeks talking about Brees, then got exposed last week. So did Mikell. Now they’re back to talking again.

  8. Panthers lost to saints, was an anomaly , should not have started players that we’re not match ready, will be ready for the saints come week end.

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