Tag:Week 17 Pulse
Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:23 pm

Jets captain Holmes benched in fourth quarter

S. Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

During a season in which the captaincy of Jets receiver Santonio Holmes has repeatedly been questioned -- and for good reason -- the last game of New York’s season ended early for Holmes. During the Jets 19-17 loss, Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer benched Holmes in the fourth quarter, according to the Newark Star Ledger

“I looked out there, and I was wondering why he wasn’t out there myself," coach Rex Ryan said. "I didn’t bench Santonio. You’ll have to ask him."

Holmes said it was the “coach’s call,” and according to his teammates, he argued with teammates in the huddle and pouted on the sidelines during the game. He also didn’t catch a single pass in the Jets loss (he was targeted just once).

After signing a five-year, $45 million free agent contract before the season, Holmes has been an embarrassment as a team captain. Although Ryan has defended him in the past, Holmes has been hit with celebration penalties, has complained publicly about the offensive line and has participated in a supposed mutiny against Schottenheimer.

Asked after the game if he wanted to return to New York next year, Holmes said simply, “Thank you guys” and ended his news conference.

"Let me just say that there were guys in the huddle that were unhappy with Tone’s demeanor," running back LaDainian Tomlinson told reporters. “And when you have a group of guys who are fighting their butts off, and one guy who -- for whatever reason, his demeanor isn’t with ‘em -- you’ll have guys try to say something to him, just pretty much tell him how they feel. That’s what you got today.

"I’ll tell you what, it’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner. When you’re a captain, guys are looking at you, you’ve got to lead by example. You’ve got to play your tail off until the last play. And when that don’t happen, you have guys looking at you in a way that captains shouldn’t be looked at. You should always put yourself out there as a leader. "

And apparently, today wasn’t the first time Holmes' effort has been questioned.

“He quit," one player told the paper. "It's happened for the past two to three weeks. It's happened all season."

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