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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: May 30, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:15 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

So Stevie Johnson pretends to shoot himself in the penalty.  None of you internet nerds bad mouth him.  Holmes does and Eagle dance, and he gets a penalty, and all of you are calling the Jets and Rex Ryan thugs.  I fail to see the penalty as taunting, and I also fail to understand why any of you act like you could play defense for ANY NFL team, as well as why you all act like you know any player personally enough to make judgement.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:45 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Typical NFL player, more worried about his own glory and stats than his team.  Not too shocking from Holmes, who has been overrated since he got in the league.  

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:33 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

I couldnt agree more. Having the back of a punk makes you a punk. And of the Jets"great" defense?   the word defense and Jets should never be in the same sentance this year

Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:28 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Everything about NY is over rated. The media just continues to prove themselves inept, starting with this article by RYAN WILSON. The Jets most likely will not be in playoofs with all things considered.. Over rated from day 1..     &n
bsp;   The media is such a joke today..

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:27 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

what does anyone expect from a team led by a piece of garbage like Rex Ryan? Im glad he coaches a team that plays in a parkng lot in a swamp in Jersey and doesn't represent NY City. He belongs on the Jershey Shore with the rest of those pigs. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:22 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Ohio State selfish THUG!

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:09 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Makes you wonder why the Steelers gave up such prized characters, such as Holmes and Plexiglass. If I were an NFL GM and I had an easy time getting a Steeler through a trade or free-agency, I would let it go. The Steelers have proven over the years that they know when a player is no longer the right person in order to win a championship.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:07 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

I expected Rex Ryan to cover for Santonio Holmes as he did following Sunday's debacle in Philadelphia.  After all, Holmes' antics, if not encouraged by Ryan, certainly have never been curbed by the coach.  And let's face it.  When players have little or no character to begin with, how can you fault them when they pull stunts like that?

This is just another illustration of the lack of control Ryan has over his football club.  And yet, he has plenty of company among other coaches in the NHL of today.  They can't stop the stupidity on the field because they haven't done the proper teaching off the field.     

Of all the major sports, football is the most reliant on teamwork.  In other sports, an organization might be able to achieve some degree of success with individual performances, but in football, it takes virtually everyone, from the offensive to defensive squads to special teams to coaches, all working together if a team is to succeed.

Every member of the offensive line has to do his job.  Running backs, wideouts and tight ends have to run the correct routes or block effectively, and the quarterback has to use his brains and physical abilities to make plays work.  The defensive line has to do its job, either to pressure the opposing quarterback or plug holes.  The linebackers and corner backs have to cover for one another if someone is vulnerable.  If personnel don't work together, a football team is destined to fail.

And yet, we are bombarded virtually every few minutes in the NFL with incidents that are the antithesis of the concept of team.  There is a legion of idiotic and selfish players out there who don't give a flying fig about their team or teammates.  

The incredibly childish end-z
one displays such as the one Holmes pulled yesterday in Philadelphia when he caught a touchdown pass that left his team a mere 18 points behind, the constant "look-at-me, look-at-me" antics of players who have just sacked the quarterback, and the unending moronic individualism has grown to epidemic proportions in the league.

Dustin Keller caught a 40-yard pass from Mark Sanchez in the second quarter and promptly popped up from the turf and gave a first-down signal.  The Jets were down 28-3 at the time.

Ryan appears proud to say he "has Holmes' back."  What he should be doing is sitting down these clowns and significantly thinning their wallets, although I'm sure the Players' Association will fight that.  I am amazed that this lack of professionalism occurs on every NFL team.  You would think Holmes' memory of Stevie Johnson's game-changing display would have lasted more than a few days.  Brandon Jacobs looks like a total fool every time he scores a touchdown, which was pretty rare over the first 12 weeks of the season.  Why hasn't one head coach (or even their assistants) put an end to it?  Teams should never be exposed to penalties for taunting or excessive celebration.  Players should know from the first day of training camp that this type of idiotic conduct will not be tolerated.

And please, don't start in with the crap about the NFL stands for the No Fun League.  It's the job of players to catch balls, to run for first downs, to stuff a run, to sack quarterbacks.  We don't need players acting as if they had singlehandidly won the Super Bowl after every decent play.  Maybe, someday, Rex Ryan won't have to have his players' backs because they won't give him the need to do so.

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 5:01 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

the jets are overrated!!! The only people more ignorant than their fat head coach are the players themselves... no concept of the fact that the team is down 3 scores.. as long as they get to celebrate in the endzone... that vaunted defense is nowhere near the best in the league... and if the jets have a chance to win anything it will only bc the defense did the job

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:54 pm

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Go Jets!!

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