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Woody Johnson excited to bring back Holmes

Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:34 pm
It will be interesting to see whether M. Sanchez and S. Holmes can coexist with each other (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

When Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson talked to Showtime’s Inside the NFL and described the New York locker room as the worst he’s ever been in, he was asked about the relationship between quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes.

“Everybody heard about the Santonio and Mark Sanchez kind of beef, so we called it East Coast-West Coast beef,” Tomlinson said. “Santonio being the East Coast from Florida, Mark Sanchez being the West Coast from California. So we poked fun at it being the East Coast-West Coast beef. But in all seriousness, Santonio, obviously, he is a great player. There are some things that obviously he needs to work on as far as being a leader.”

Already, coach Rex Ryan said Holmes would return next season, and Thursday, owner Woody Johnson gave Holmes his endorsement as well.

"I'm concerned, but I'm confident (the relationship can be fixed),” Johnson said, via Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman. "[Holmes] is one of the best players we've ever had here ... One is good for the other."

Johnson said he would consider sitting down with both parties and try to mend whatever rift has grown between the two. He also said he didn’t think Sanchez was too protected or pampered, as Tomlinson claimed in his interview.

“You always take care of your quarterback,” Johnson said. “They probably coddle Tom Brady (and) all the other good quarterbacks in the league as well."

Asked if Sanchez and Holmes could work together peacefully, Tomlinson said, “Whew, that is a tough one.  I would really have to sit down with them and see if they can co-exist, honestly.  I mean that is a decision that I really have to make.  And if I really feel like they can’t, then you have to make a move.”

But no move seems forthcoming. So, it seems like Holmes and Sanchez will have to learn to live with each other for better or worse.

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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 7:02 pm

Woody Johnson excited to bring back Holmes

They tell Tom Brady when he does something wrong, when people say Sanchez is coddled they mean nobody ever tells Sanchez what he did wrong or that he didn't do something well. There was a very public shouting contest between Brady and a coach pretty recently, and Chad Ocho claims that is the norm. You never see that with Sanchez because he is a baby and goes into his own little world when taking negative criticism.

Sanchez has to start manning up. I've lived in both SoCal and NYC so I can speak from experience in terms of how people act. SoCal is really laid back and it's really very strange for someone to get into your face over anything over there. EC is very different on that, especially NYC, people are far more hostile and confrontational. On the EC if you don't show that you can be the same people will try to walk all over you.

There is a really stupid hypocritical caveat to that however. The same people that get in your face and are hostile will turn around and whine and complain that you "take things too far" or "they were just joking" and other passive aggressive, facetious tactics. I have no doubts that if Sanchez stood up to Holmes, Holmes would stamp his feet and throw a tantrum himself. It's stupid but that's how things are, but then after stewing for awhile he'd still have to listen to Sanchez (while simmering with hatred, but at least it's hatred people will perform with).

I personally think the WC method is a lot better, but it is what it is.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:59 pm

Woody Johnson excited to bring back Holmes

Talk about your false headlines... reading the owner's comments, I don't read him as being "excited" for Santonio's return... more resigned to the fact that because of his talent/contract that they're going to have to try and make it work. I know "Owner Hopeful QB and WR Can Co-Exist" doesn't make for nearly as entertaining a headline but it'd be a whole lot more accurate.

Thanks a lot, CBS...

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:00 pm

Woody Johnson excited to bring back Holmes

Oh hell yes---bring them all back woody--we need to be able to make fans of the other teams not feel so bad when they lose--keeping this circus together (complete with the Fat Man) makes all fans feel much better about their own teams, when they get their weekly dose of the clowns and their in-fighting, in the J-E-T-S, jets, jets, jets, locker room. nobody could make this up---too good to be true.

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