Tag:Santonio Holmes
Posted on: December 18, 2010 6:18 pm
 

Holmes expects warm reception in Pittsburgh

Posted by Andy BenoitS. Holmes

Santonio Holmes got dealt from the Steelers due to bad behavior. But Holmes believes that, in the eyes of Steeler Nation, his excellent play on the field for Pittsburgh will override his personal conduct off it.

Holmes was the MVP in Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl win over Arizona. He isn’t downplaying the significance of his return.
 
"It’s been on my mind for quite some time,” Holmes told Connor Orr of the Star Ledger. "I just never let it play into factor until now.

"I had a great relationship with those guys. I’m pretty sure (the fans) will give me a standing ovation once I get on the field. I’m pretty sure you’ll look in the stands and see a lot of No. 10 jerseys with ‘Holmes’ on the back from the Steelers."

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:14 pm
 

Does Holmes make the Jets offense brutal?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta asks an interesting question today: is Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer too concerned with making sure that QB Mark Sanchez spreads the ball around to his bevy of talented receivers?

Basically, is that why the Jets offense struggled so badly in New York’s 9-0 loss to the Packers last Sunday?

Braylon Edwards thinks there might be something to that theory.

"That definitely could be the case," Edwards said Monday. "Maybe (Schottenheimer's) sitting back and trying to make sure the balls are being distributed equally. ... That's a tough job on a coordinator, trying to balance out the numbers. I don't know if that's the case."

Or it could be because that since Santonio Holmes has returned from his suspension two games ago, Sanchez’s numbers have nose dived (48.5 completion percentage, zero touchdowns, four interceptions). Holmes has great talent obviously, but he’s also another guy who wants the ball thrown his way.

"We have so much talent," Edwards said. "For us, it's being able to harness that and being able to utilize it on a consistent basis. It's so many weapons. It's trying to get all these weapons to (play at a high level). Maybe that's tough. Maybe that's hard."

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Posted on: October 17, 2010 1:06 pm
 

NFL could punish players for NCAA violations

Posted by Will Brinson

The agent pandemic in the NCAA seems to be reaching a breaking point (see what I did there by NOT using "tipping point" -- it's possible, people), with more and more attention being paid to the behavior of young men before they become professionals.

Our own Charlie Casserly reported on "The NFL Today" that the NFL is "considering discipling players in the form of a fine for any NCAA violations" that they committed while amateurs.

This is a good thing, even if it's not necessarily effective (millionaires, as we've seen, aren't entirely scared of the prospect of losing a couple grand) -- the NFL needs to send as much a message as it can to its future stars that violations of NCAA law are not acceptable.

Consider, for instance, the cases of Santonio Holmes and Reggie Bush. Holmes only allegedly took money as a student-athlete at Ohio State, but the extent of the investigation involved Holmes' issuing a denial (more or less anyway -- the book was quickly closed on that one). Again, Holmes only allegedly did something wrong, but because he's already a professional and long out of the NCAA's jurisdiction, whether or not he broke NCAA rules is irrelevant to him at this point.

And with Bush, his name, his former school and his current team, to an extent, were all dragged through the mud while the NCAA continued to investigate his poor decisions at USC. Those poor decisions make the NFL look bad, certainly not to the extent of a DUI or a more criminal issue, but enough so to warrant some action on the league's part.

The NFL wants to make sure that it's (completely free!) farm system remains intact. And keeping agent slime/corruption out of college football will help do that.

In fact, if there ever was, in the midst of a labor negotiation, one good reason to actually get on the same page with the NFLPA on an issue, cleaning up the agent issue is it.

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 8:04 pm
 

Holmes denies taking money from agent

S. Holmes, while playing at Ohio State, is alleged to have taken money from an agent (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You’ll remember, of course, yesterday’s post when we pointed you in the direction of the terrific Sports Illustrated piece that was a first-person account of one man’s journey through a career as a sports agent.

The most notable tie-in to the NFL was when Josh Luchs told the following story:

In November 2005, Steve (Feldman) and I flew to Ohio State to talk to receiver Santonio Holmes. We met him outside the football building, and he said, "Listen, I want to save you the time. We don't need to meet. I've been taking money from (an agent) the last couple years, and he's been taking care of my family too."

Had it been 10 years earlier, I would have probably said, "Santonio, whatever he's paying you, I'll double it." But now, being at Gersh, I had Hollywood to sell. Let the other agents pay kids.


For the SI story, Holmes denied he was paid by agents, though Feldman confirmed the story of their meeting was accurate. Today, Holmes denied the charge again.

“The allegations are false,’’ the Jets WR told reporters, including the Newark Star Ledger. “It’s all false.”

More from Holmes, pictured at right while playing at Ohio State: “I don’t even know who this person is that made the comment that I supposedly talked to – I never had any contact with this person. Whoever he is, I would like for him to come face-to-face with me and talk to me about the issue.

“I don’t know him. Never met him, don’t care to know him, wish he never did it.”

We might never know the answer to the question of whether Holmes took money, but it’s interesting that he was trying to do the right thing while allegedly doing something very wrong. As Luchs points out in the story, there were plenty of players who took money from him in college and then signed with another agent. No honor among thieves and all that. Holmes could have done the same.

But he didn’t. Which, in some ways, is pretty honorable. Alas, the fact he was supposedly cheating erases the good feelings pretty quickly. But still, the juxtaposition is sort of fascinating.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 4:26 pm
 

SI blows the lid off sports agents

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This isn’t necessarily about the NFL, but if there’s a must-read story of the day, it’s this one, by George Dohrmann of Sports Illustrated.

Written with former sports agent Josh Luchs, it’s a first-person account of the seedy underworld of agents who are in the hunt to sign potential NFL players out of college.

In the story, Luchs talks about paying players – and violating NCAA rules – like Ryan Leaf. Keyshawn Johnson was one notable exception who turned down Luchs’ offer for money, and another was Jonathan Ogden, who nonetheless accompanied Luchs to a Janet Jackson concert where Luchs says Ogden “screamed "Janet!" the whole night like a teenage girl.”

Depending on how you feel about Mel Kiper Jr., he doesn’t come off real well in this story, and there are some interesting tidbits on Gary Wichard, who’s now in the middle of the UNC recruiting scandal.

But the biggest NFL impact might be the case of Jet WR Santonio Holmes.

Writes Dohrmann/Luchs:

In November 2005, Steve (Feldman) and I flew to Ohio State to talk to receiver Santonio Holmes. We met him outside the football building, and he said, "Listen, I want to save you the time. We don't need to meet. I've been taking money from (an agent) the last couple years, and he's been taking care of my family too."

Had it been 10 years earlier, I would have probably said, "Santonio, whatever he's paying you, I'll double it." But now, being at Gersh, I had Hollywood to sell. Let the other agents pay kids.


That’s tug-on-the-collar bad for Holmes. He’s denied it in this SI story, but I wonder what else Holmes will have to say about that. I wonder what Ohio State will have to say about that. I wonder what the NCAA and the NFL Players Association will have to say about that. This is a story that probably isn’t going to go away.

It should be repeated. Read this story. It’s fantastic.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:58 am
 

Hot Routes 10.12.10: Gloria Allred comments



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- In case you missed last night’s press conference featuring Brett Favre, there were a handful of questions relating to the texting/sexual harassment scandal in which he’s currently found himself. Like a matador, Favre deftly avoided all the inquiries and dealt with football questions only. Hell, at one point, he was practically begging for reporters to ask about his TD throw to Randy Moss.

- Jets WR Santonio Holmes looked rusty and inconsistent in his first game back following a four-game suspension to start the season.

- Darrelle Revis’s hamstring was sore and swollen after the game, and while watching him try to cover Percy Harvin on his 34-yard TD catch Monday night, you can tell he’s still not 100 percent. Revis said he’s not sure if he’ll play next week.

- At this point, it’s pretty safe to call Jets RBs Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson (or is that LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene?) the best duo in the NFL.

- Tom Brady spoke on the radio this morning, and he addressed the hair vs. beard kerfuffle between he and Randy Moss (he said there was no conflict) and how happy he is to have Deion Branch back (he’s very happy).

- The Dolphins have to prepare for two Green Bay quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a concussion Sunday and might not play, and backup Matt Flynn.

- Meanwhile, Miami really is thinking hard about Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews. The Dolphins walked into their locker room Monday, and inside each of their stalls was a picture of Matthews.

- The Ravens are second in the league in pass defense, allowing only 156.6 yards per game. But you know what’s strange about that stat? None of the defensive backs have an interception this year.

- Not surprisingly, QB Alex Smith will start San Francisco’s game against the Raiders. How quickly this time around will the crowd chant for his backup?

-Despite the dropped TD pass that would have given Kansas City a 13-9 lead against the Colts on Sunday, Chiefs coach Todd Haley defended WR Dwayne Bowe. It’s not like this is Bowe’s first time dropping a ball, though.

- I’ll leave you with this. The first thing I thought about when I saw this headline in the New York Daily News, “Jenn Sterger could take money from Brett Favre to keep quiet, attorney Gloria Allred says,” was last week’s cold opener from Saturday Night Live. Video is below.



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