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Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:37 pm
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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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Comments

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

3 scores you dummy, not 3 points... maybe you should go back to 1st grade and learn how to read



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Belief? Egomania?



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

izzy - did u not read or watch the game???  the td put them down 3, which means, by 2nd grade math, they were down 10...



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

I find it funny that the Jets and Rex Ryan thought they ripped the Steelers off by only giving up a 5th round pick for Holmes.  That tells you how bad the Steelers wanted him off the team and were willing to take anything for him. Ryan making Holmes a captain is a joke and as you can see, the Jets up to this point have taken 2 steps backwards.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Rex Ryan is the most overrated coach in the NFL. How can you back your player 100% when his actions hurt the team? Are you saying as the coach you are fine with your players doing things that hurt the team? 



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

JETS pattern is emerging...........Wrecks Cryan makes idiotic statment, later apologizes, says it won't happen again........Jets player does something stupid, apologizes. Wrecks Cryan defends stupidity, says it won't happen again.........Wait a week......Wrecks Cryan makes idiotic statment, later apologizes, says it won't happen again........Jets player does something stupid, apologizes. Wrecks Cryan defends stupidity, says it won't happen again.......Rinse, Repeat Cycle...........



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

I remember the day when a coach would not have to say something - team leaders would take care of it. But that train left the station long ago.

yeah players today actually get upset when a white dude like tebow proclaims his faith...its an f'ed up world when we demonize someone for their beleifs!!!



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

This is a perfect example of the problem in many sports. You are down 21 points and you score. Why in the world would you celly to the point of a flag? You f'in team is down by 20. Do you not care about wins? How about the guy who catches the first down pass and gets up and has to celly like he did something great. I'm sorry but you are a WR in the NFL. Your job is to catch the ball. Why are you doing a celly for doing your job? 



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

its amazing when you have a receiver on your team actually dumber than plaxico



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

I remember the day when a coach would not have to say something - team leaders would take care of it. But that train left the station long ago.


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