Like us to subscribe
The Jets appear to be imploding following an 8-8 season in which they failed to make the playoffs
Santonio Holmes is the big story following the New York Jets 19-17 loss to the Dolphins in Week 17 of the 2011 NFL season, the final game of the year for New York, which failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter after an altercation in the huddle, and some of the wide receiver's teammates spoke out about it after the game. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson was among the most vocal, ripping the captain.
"It’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner," Tomlinson said. "You're a captain, guys 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 doesn’t happen, you will have guys look at you in the way that captains shouldn’t be looked at. You should always put yourself out there as a leader."
Here is full portion of quotes on Holmes from Tomlinson's postgame media availability (via Jets.com):
On the verbal scuffle in the huddle
Let me just say there were some guys in the huddle that were unhappy with Tone [Jets WR Santonio Holmes]'s demeanor. When you have a group of guys that’s fighting their butts off, and one guy, for whatever reason, their demeanor’s not with them, you’re going to get some guys to say something to him and tell them how they feel. That’s what you got today.
On what was said
Yeah, things like "Come on man, let’s go." Just that type of thing.
On why Holmes was upset
You know what, that’s something you’re going to have to talk to Tone about. He didn’t say anything. I think, once again, it’s demeanor. Body language tells players everything. I think that’s what it was.
On how he would describe the demeanor and body language
Not really into the game. Just feeling like it’s over. Feeling sorry for themselves. That type of thing.
On if it was the bad passing game that got to him
I have no idea, honestly. I have no idea. But even if it was, we were still in the game. We were still in the game.
On advice he wants to give Holmes
My advice to him, I’m going to talk to him. We’re going to keep it between us, the advice I’m going to give him. I don’t want to put it out in the media, the stuff I will tell Tone. But we will have a conversation.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez also spoke about Holmes after the game, but said he didn't want to get into details publicly.
On if he’ll talk to Holmes
Of course we’ll talk and I’ll talk to a bunch of guys about the season. What their thoughts are and how they view how the season went and what their personal opinions are of things and the way they went, winning and losing and how close we were. It’s not just Santonio, we all want to talk about it and discuss those things.
On if Holmes was yelling at him
Like I said, there’s a real emotional side of this game and when it happens in the huddle, it’s really for those guys in the huddle and I’m not going to expound upon that.
On if he was surprised Holmes was taken out
I don’t know what happened there. We were in the middle of a two minute drill and we’ve got to keep playing. A couple of plays he was in and a couple of plays PT [Patrick Turner] came in and ended up catching a touchdown so I don’t know what happened.
Sunday's devastating 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins finished the New York Jets' season, and now players will hit the golf links while fans prepare for the 2012 NFL Draft (April 26-28). For those Jets fans curious as to where New York will pick in the draft, well here's the finalized draft order for the NFL franchises that did not make the playoffs:
We are still waiting for the post-game transcripts from Rex Ryan and other members of the New York Jets to get their take on what happened with wide receiver Santonio Holmes at the end of the team’s season-ending 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
An ESPN report, however, indicates that teammates feel Holmes, who did not catch a pass during the game, “quit” on his them.
From the report:
“There were guys in the huddle not happy with Santonio’s demeanor throughout the game and in the two-minute drill,” said Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson. “And they said something to him about it.”
That caused the argument, and the coaches decided to bench Holmes.
One team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Jets offensive tackle Wayne Hunter got into a shouting match with Holmes after the wide receiver said something the players resented in the huddle. The source also said Holmes “quit.”
If this is true it is a terrible indictment of a player with a Super Bowl ring who was named a captain this season by coach Rex Ryan.
Santonio Holmes’ behavior near the end of the New York Jets’ season-ending 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins will require some explanation.
The sometimes outspoken Holmes, one of the Jets captains, was on the bench for most of the Jets final drive, a touchdown-scoring one that pulled New York within two points with 1:15 to play.
Holmes appeared to have a shouting match with a teammate in the huddle prior to a play, during which he was pushed away by tight end Dustin Keller.
The veteran receiver did not catch a pass in the game, breaking a string on 84 straight games in which Holmes had at least one catch.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez had a difficult day for the Jets. The third-year pro was intercepted three times and threw several other passes well off target.
It was impossible to tell if Sanchez was the subject of Holmes’ disgust, but that seems like a reasonable assumption. It will be interesting to see what coach Rex Ryan has to say about the situation in his post-game press conference.
The New York Jets will not participate in the 2012 NFL playoffs. The Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins, 19-17, on Sunday meaning there is no scenario in which the Jets (8-8) can make the playoffs.
Entering the day the Jets needed a victory, plus losses by Tennessee, Cincinnati and either Denver or Oakland to reach the playoffs.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions on the day, completing 21-of-32 for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
Sanchez’ final interception came with the Jets trailing 16-10 and having moved to the Miami 10-yard line with 3:16 to play. Sanchez’ pass for Shonn Greene was intercepted by Miami linebacker Marvin Mitchell. The Dolphins turned the interception into a 44-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter, making the score 19-10 with 2:37 to play.
The Jets quickly mounted a touchdown drive, getting a 10-yard pass from Sanchez to Patrick Turner to move within 19-17 with 1:15 to play. Miami recovered the ensuing onside kick, however, sealing the Jets’ fate.
Even with a victory, however, the Jets would not have qualified for the playoffs. Tennesse defeat Houston, 23-22/
A scoreless third quarter has helped the New York Jets take a 10-6 lead over the Miami Dolphins into the fourth quarter of a Week 17 NFL game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The Jets (8-7) need to defeat the Dolphins (5-10) and then hope a number of things happen in Week 17 for them to sneak in the AFC playoffs.
However, the Dolphins will being the fourth with the ball and facing a 1st-and-10 at the Jets' 28-yard line.
New York used a one-yard touchdown reception by Dustin Keller to take a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, then used a 31-yard, second-quarter field goal by Nick Folk to increase their lead to 10-3. However, a field goal by Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter with just :07 remaining n the first half closed the gap to just four points.
A 31-yard, second-quarter field goal by kicker Nick Folk has helped the New York Jets take a 10-6 halftime lead over the Miami Dolphins in a Week 17 at contest at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The Jets (8-7) need to defeat the Dolphins (5-10) and then hope a number of things happen in Week 17 for them to sneak in the AFC playoffs.
Folks field goal came with 3:44 remaining in the first half and capped a 12-play, 69-yard drive. The Jets took their lead in the first quarter when tight end Dustin Keller caught a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez, who helped give New York a 7-3 advantage.
The Dolphins have failed to move the ball at all after tallying a field goal on their first possession of the game.
Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley has compiled 40 passing yards and 30 receiving yards.
A one-yard touchdown catch from tight end Dustin Keller from quarter Mark Sanchez has helped the New York Jets take a slim lead over the Miami Dolphins, which enter the second quarter trailing 7-3 in a Week 17 NFL contest at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, FL. The Jets (8-7) need to defeat the Dolphins (5-10) and then hope a number of things happen in Week 17 for them to sneak in the AFC playoffs.
Keller's touchdown capped a eight-play, 77-yard drive that was highlighted by a 45-yard pass from wide receiver Jeremy Kerley to tight end Matthew Mulligan, who was tackeled at the Dolphins 25-yard line. Five plays later, Sanchez rolled out to his right and found Keller on a 3rd-and-1 play from Miami's one-yard line.
On the their first possession of the game, the Jets went three-and-out.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins got on the scoreboard first with a 44-yard field goal by kick Dan Carpenter.
Game time, TV schedule and more for the Jets-Dolphins game on Sunday afternoon.
Head coach Rex Ryan says Schottenheimer could be in line for a head-coaching job of his own
The New York Jets will be reasonably healthy going into their must-win game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Only one Jet player, linebacker Garrett McIntyre (knee) is listed as questionable for the game.
All other players on the injury report are listed as probable. Those include:
CB Marquice Cole (knee), CB Antonio Cromartie (hamstring), DT Mike Devito (knee), T D’Brickashaw Ferguson (foot), RB Shonn Greene (rib), RB Joe McKnight (shoulder, elbow), G Brandon Moore (hip), DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand), S Eric Smith (knee), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (quadricep), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (knee).
Cromartie and Smith were limited in practice on Friday, but both are expected to play Sunday.
To reach the playoffs the Jets have to beat the Dolphins Sunday and then hope for help as they need several other teams to lose in order to qualify for the third consecutive season.
— See complete Jets discussion and analysis at Gang Green Nation.
The 8-7 Jets enter Sunday's contest against the Miami Dolphins as slight underdogs as they look to make the AFC Playoffs.
"This possibly could be my last game," Tomlinson told reporters.
If he does return to the NFL next season, Tomlinson said his return won't necessarily come with the Jets. And if he does return to the Jets, it won't be for the NFL minimum.
"I got kids, man," Tomlinson said, according to the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch.
Tomlinson has spent most of the season as New York's backup running back behind Shonn Greene, accumulating 224 yards on 64 carries for a 3.5-yard average and one touchdown while adding 38 receptions for 426 yards and two touchdowns.
For his career, Tomlinson has netted 13,628 yards rushing for 145 touchdowns and 4,749 yards receiving for an additional 15 scores. He is currently the NFL's active leader and the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history, trailing Jerome Bettis by 34 yards for fifth place.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is taking his fair share of criticism for his team’s shortcomings this season. After advancing all the way to the AFC Championship in the last two years, nobody expected the Jets to be fighting for a playoff ticket in Week 17 and needing two other teams to lose to make it happen. Sanchez talked about expectations and dealing with the criticism on Wednesday after practice.
Obviously, there are high expectations. We went to the AFC Championship two years in a row, so there is only one more step to make really, win that game and then go win the Super Bowl. With those expectations, that’s fine. When things don’t go right, people are going to immediately question me, Rex (Ryan) (and) Schotty (Brian Schottenheimer). That’s the way it goes, and that’s the position we’re in.
As for whether or not he feels like expectations were unreasonable, Sanchez replied:
I don’t want to feel like I’m a victim or anything like that. We expect to win, we expect to win every week and we expect to do it all right. If you don’t expect that, you won’t fit in on this team. We haven’t been as consistent as we should’ve been, so I think that’s where the criticism should be. That’s why our record is the way it is, but I don’t feel like we’ve set the bar too high. There is no way. I don’t feel like that, at least.
And how does Sanchez keep it all in perspective?
I’m real fortunate to have great family members, to be in a world-class organization where they want to help and make sure that, there is more than just the physical and the mental side, there is the psyche side. There is the emotional side to this game and, as much as you want to shut it off, you have to give yourself a little perspective and understand what’s at stake, but not too much perspective because then you lose your competitive edge.
The subject of Sanchez and his future with the team has been a hot topic recently. SB Nation New York delved into that subject earlier in the week, following the Jets’ Week 16 loss. A poll yielded mixed results from fans, with almost a third opting to dump Sanchez and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
For more on Sanchez and the Jets, visit Gang Green Nation.
The New York Jets find themselves in dire straits when it comes to making the playoffs. They need to defeat the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and then hope lots of other dominoes fall in their favor.
“I think our attitude’s good. Obviously, we wished we controlled our own destiny. We don’t, but shoot, we still have a shot at the playoffs and I think our attitude’s great. We’re excited to play,” Ryan said on Wednesday. “We have to find a way to win. I’m confident we can right the ship this week and that’s all that matters right now. It doesn’t matter what’s happened behind us. We have to focus on right now and stay in the present and hope there’s a future.”
Ryan is obviously tired of answering questions about last Saturday’s loss to the New York Giants. Both he and his team need to move forward, and Ryan tried to do that Wednesday.
“That’s not the only game we’ve ever lost, but you’ve got to move on from it. You’ve got a challenge right in front of you. We have an opportunity. The facts are this, I know for sure, that if we don’t win, we’re not in, so we better win, and then we’ll see what happens,” Ryan said. “We’ll do whatever it takes, light candles, we’ll do it all. But we’ve got to take care of our business first.”
The New York Jets (8-7) released their injury report as they continue to prepare for their season finale against the Miami Dolphins (5-10) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Linebacker Garrett McIntyre (Knee) was the only Jets player held out of Wednesday's practice.
The following Jets were limited in practice today:
The following players were not limited in practice today:
The Dolphins injury report is not yet available. The team did put left tackle Jake Long (Bicep) on the injured reserve today, which ends his season. Long was named to the AFC squad for the Pro Bowl yesterday.
Three Jets players have been selected for the 2012 Pro Bowl.
We'll email you a reset link.
If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.
You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.
We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.
You must be a member of SB Nation New York to participate.
We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation New York. You should read them.
Choose an available username to complete sign up.
In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.