Jets: Santonio Holmes gets loud

Santonio Holmes.

“Tone Time” on Sunday night didn’t come in the fourth quarter, but in the locker room after the game.

In a post-game meeting, Jets wide receiver and team captain Santonio Holmes called out his teammates for their sloppy offensive play in a 34-17 loss in Baltimore. In the game, Holmes had just three catches for 33 yards, despite being targeted 12 times by quarterback Mark Sanchez. A frustrated Holmes lashed out, according to Sanchez, who told the media on Wednesday about the meeting, but said the details would remain inside the Jets locker room.

Holmes acknowledged the comments, but no details emerged about an incident that is already making a splash in the media. He said he’s already forgotten about the remarks and is focused on the next game.

“I talked about everybody and if anybody feels bad about that, then I’m sorry, but as a captain that’s my job to point it out, amongst ourselves. And if the media took it the wrong way, then I’m sorry for it,” Holmes said. “But meaning it to dictate something negative on our team, I didn’t sign back here to be that guy.”

Since being acquired in a trade last spring, Holmes has emerged as the Jets’ most consistent playmaker. His clutch plays late in games has earned him the nickname “Tone Time.” In fact, his partnership with Sanchez has been seen as a major reason why the young quarterback developed so quickly last year.

But after the disappointing loss to the Ravens, Sanchez seems to have emerged as a target of Holmes’s choice words. In response to his honing in on Sanchez, Holmes said he called out everybody on the offense from the line to the wide receivers and not just the player nicknamed “The Sanchise” by his teammates. Going just 11-of-39 for 119 yards and an interception on Sunday night, Sanchez had one of his worst performances as he now enters his third year in the league. He has been constantly hit this season — including 15 sacks — as the Jets’ offense has failed to make strides from last year’s postseason run.

Sanchez didn’t complain about Holmes’ remarks, but he also said that something like this will not go public again.

“Moving forward, that won’t happen. We’ve talked about it, and those individual improvements and stuff, that happens on a personal level,” Sanchez said. “You go with your coaches and you go through your reads, and I’m going to get better, but that kind of stuff doesn’t go past this locker room.”
 
Holmes endorsed his quarterback and said that his relationship with Sanchez was fine Wednesday at practice.

“As far as what he has going on, he’s our starting quarterback — we’re going to continue believing in what he’s doing for us right now,” Holmes said. “And I think right now, he’s doing a wonderful job. What I said in the meeting before, I don’t remember, that’s last week.”

Making matters worse, former Jets quarterback Joe Namath — for the second time in as many weeks — leveled criticism at the offense and called out Holmes for his play. Holmes, who was combative in his response to the media for much of Wednesday afternoon, brushed aside Namath’s remarks.

“Joe Namath doesn’t work for the New York Jets. He doesn’t coach here; he doesn’t have anything positive to say about us,” Holmes said. “We can’t feed into what he talks about on the outside to the media.”

Holmes made it clear that no one was spared in his remarks after the Baltimore loss, including himself.

“Whatever it is we talk about, it’s among ourselves,” Holmes said. “I have to do a better job of holding onto the ball; he needs to do a better job of completing the pass. I think we can go on from there.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Arts

EXCLUSIVE: Backstage with Adam Jacobs at 'Aladdin' on…

Metro shadowed Adam Jacobs backstage at "Aladdin" on Broadway.

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

Movies

Review: Bickering family dramedy 'This is Where I…

A talented cast sits Shiva in the bickering family dramedy "This is Where I Leave You," although it's more sap than yuks.

NFL

J.J. Watt poses unique challenges to struggling Giants…

Watt, arguably the best defensive player in the league, is the leader of a surprising Texans (2-0) team that has already matched last season’s win total.

NFL

Eric Decker 'unlikely to play' against Bears: Source

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker's status for Monday night’s game against the Bears is in doubt after he missed practice again Wednesday.

NFL

Preston Parker, not Odell Beckham, will replace Jerrel…

Tom Coughlin noted the next man up will be unheralded veteran Preston Parker.

NFL

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…