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Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:37 pm
 
Holmes has apologized to teammates for his impromptu TD celebration. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Jets in December are like a rash: they just won't go away. It seems to happen every year -- an inexplicable late-season loss doesn't bounce New York from the playoff hunt and that sliver of hope is all they need. By the time the regular-season ends, the Jets have inevitably earned a wild-card berth on their way to the AFC Championship game.

With that in mind, getting thoroughly manhandled by the Eagles Sunday means little for their postseason hopes and dreams. Heading into Week 15, the Jets were the No. 6 seed, the final wild-card entrant. Monday, thanks to losses by the Titans and Raiders, the Jets … remained the No. 6 seed.

Which means that if they win out, they're headed to the postseason.

But the 2011 version of this team doesn't have the running game or defense of previous Rex Ryan squads. This has put additional pressure on quarterback Mark Sanchez and while he's showed glimpses of franchise QB-promise, in general he hasn't been up to the challenge. It doesn't help when your receivers are dropping passes -- or worse, fumbling them. Or, if you're Santonio Holmes, the Jets' No. 1 wideout, dropping, fumbling, and then getting personal-foul penalties for the balls you do catch.

Against the Eagles, Holmes hauled in a touchdown pass and was promptly flagged for excessive celebration. Makes sense given that the Jets only trailed by three scores at the time.

But there's good news: Holmes has learned his lesson.

Ryan (via the Newark Star-Ledger) said that “He apologized for that to me but I’ll say this about Santonio and every other player on this team: They have my 100 percent support and we’re in this thing together.”

Ryan doesn't expect similar lapses to happen in the future, either. So there's that.

"Are we perfect? No. None of us are perfect, but I'm just saying that you wish that thing never happened," Ryan said. "I don't think it will happen again, but again, I have his back, he has mine and this whole team is that way. We just have to come out and fight for each other, we know it was a mistake and we'll learn from it."

If the Jets are to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year, they'll need to beat the Giants (an equally enigmatic team) and then travel to Miami and beat the Dolphins, quite possibly the best 5-9 club in the history of professional football.

And while the Jets haven't played particularly well recently (beating the Chiefs and Redskins doesn't count), we fully expect them to backdoor their way into the postseason. They have a knack for it.

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Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Poor Fatty still backs his decision to trade up for Mark Sanchez.  How many games in a row does Sanchez have throwing under 200 yards right now?  Double-chin may have a serious disease if he still thinks that was a great pick.  Either that or he's just an overweight moron.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 7:01 pm
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Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:56 pm
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Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:53 pm
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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:52 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Honestly, I don't think Holmes was flagged for his celebration. I just think the refs considered the following: A) earlier a Holmes' fumble was returned for a touchdown, B) Holmes whiffed on a pass that Asante Samuel intercepted and C) the Jets were getting their asses kicked in the game, even after the TD. These variables led to ref falgging Holmes not for the celebration, but rather being a plain old dumbass.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:50 pm
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Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:49 pm
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Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

i'm sure my fellow jet fans will jump all over this, but after what's gone on this season, i think rex should officially be on the hot seat starting from the day after their last game (which even if they make the playoffs, will be well earlier than either of the past two seasons). meaning anything less than the super bowl next year, and he should be gone. this season has been a joke, and has been over since the second new england loss. although too many fellow jets fans either failed to admit or see it at that time.  and all of the bravado and bluster rex throws out there is finally and officially ringing hollow.


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:45 pm
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Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Its time for the coaches to start benching their players that take stupid penalties. The clown even did it when they  scored to make it 28-7. No wonder the Steelers got rid of him. The Jets will take any player with talent even if he is a problem. Taking these players will backfire. These players have to start being more professional or they will hurt thier own teams and cost them wins just to try and bring attention to themselves.


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