Interesting comments from Rich Cimini of ESPN NY this week, after reviewing game tape.
Cimimi noted that whenever a New York Jets wide receiver didn’t get enough passes thrown to him or even complains about not getting the ball, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer goes to that player on the first play of the game.
In Oakland two weeks ago, the Jets went to Plaxico Burress with the first play, after Burress was ignored the week before.
Last week against the Baltimore Ravens, it was Santonio Holmes turn to get the first play, after Holmes publicly complained about about not getting the ball more. (Talk about a twisted way to reward your players, Schotty).
And what happened on the first play last week? QB Mark Sanchez looked for Holmes on a quick slant, but Ravens LB Jameel McClain read the coverage and cut off Holmes. Sanchez pulled back his throw, allowing Ed Reed time to hit Sanchez, cause a fumble, resulting in a Ravens defensive TD.
If the theory holds up, look for Holmes to not only get the first pass against the New England Patriots, but to have a career day. That is, unless the Patriots watch game tape.