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LaDainian Tomlinson Rips Santonio Holmes After Week 17 Benching

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

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.

Follow the situation as it unfolds on this StoryStream and visit our New York Jets team page or our blog Gang Green Nation.


2012 NFL Draft Order: New York Jets Pick No. 14

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:

  1. Indianapolis Colts: 2-14
  2. St. Louis Rams: 2-14
  3. Minnesota Vikings: 3-13
  4. Cleveland Browns: 4-12
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4-12
  6. Washington Redskins: 5-11
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: 5-11
  8. Carolina Panthers: 6-10
  9. Miami Dolphins: 6-10
  10. Buffalo Bills: 6-10
  11. Arizona Cardinals: 7-9
  12. Kansas City Chiefs: 7-9
  13. Philadelphia Eagles: 8-8
  14. New York Jets: 8-8
  15. Seattle Seahawks: 8-8
  16. San Diego Chargers: 8-8
  17. Oakland Raiders: 8-8 (Cincinnati's pick)
  18. Chicago Bears: 8-8
  19. New York Giants (if they lose Sunday night): 8-8
  20. Dallas Cowboys (if they lose Sunday night): 8-8
  21. Tennessee Titans: 9-7 (will be No. 20)

-- See Gang Green Nation for all the post-game Jets discussion and analysis. For more 2012 NFL Draft order scenarios, visit this StoryStream.


Santonio Holmes: Report Says Teammates Think He 'Quit' On Them

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 Apparently Benched After Argument In Huddle

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.


Dolphins 19, Jets 17: No Playoffs for Jets

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/


Dolphins Vs. Jets Score Update: New York Enters Fourth Quarter With 10-6 Lead

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.

For more Jets coverage, visit our team page or our blog Gang Green Nation.


Dolphins Vs. Jets Score Update: New York Leads Miami, 10-6, At Halftime

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.

For more Jets coverage, visit our team page or our blog Gang Green Nation.


Dolphins Vs. Jets Score Update: Dustin Keller's Touchdown Helps New York Take 7-3 Advantage After One Quarter

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.

For more Jets coverage, visit our team page or our blog Gang Green Nation.


Dolphins Vs. Jets Inactives: Antonio Cromartie, LaDainian Tomlinson Will Play

The Week 17 inactive list for the New York Jets has been released, and Gang Green (8-7), who's fighting for their playoff lives in the regular-season finale are entering the contest against host Miami Dolphins (5-10) pretty healthy, as cornerback Antonio Cromartie and running back LaDainian Tomlinson will enter the game banged up but will play.

The players listed on the Jets inactive list for Week 17 are:

QB Kevin O'Connell
OLB Ricky Sapp
DT Martin Tevaseu
RB Bilal Powell
S Gerald Alexander
LB Garrett McIntyre
T Austin Howard

Meanwhile, the Dolphins will be without running back Reggie Bush, who will miss the game because of a knee injury and: CB Jimmy Wilson, OT Will Barker, TE Jeron Mastrud, DE Ryan Baker and OG Ray Feinga.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall (knee) and tight end Anthony Fasano (head) will play Sunday. Marshall practiced on a limited basis throughout the week, while Fasano missed the Dolphins Week 16 match up with a concussion.

— See complete Jets discussion and analysis at Gang Green Nation.


Jets At Dolphins: Rex Ryan Says Jets Are 'Excited To Play'

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.”

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