If the Jets locker room is as united as ever, they have a funny way of showing it.
Wide receiver and captain Santonio Holmes had some public comments to make, both about the play on the field, and veiled complaints about the play calling.
“I may be criticized again for saying it, but I think it starts up front, and the big guys know it,” Holmes said. “If they give Mark [Sanchez] enough time to sit in the pocket and complete passes, I think everything changes. The routes that are being ran are short routes, ‘Hey, let’s get the ball out of Mark’s hands quick, let’s move the ball down the field, let’s go from there.’
“But if you can’t protect the quarterback for four or five seconds, then there’s no point of dropping back 7 yards to throw a football when we don’t have enough time. So we pretty much have to roll with the way our offense is right now.”
Santonio went on to say how he could complain all day about the line play, but referenced the difficult nuances of the QB position.
Isn’t he a WR? Sorry…
When asked if the Jets will go deep against Miami, here comes the veiled complaints against the offensive coordinator.
“Obviously, it doesn’t make a difference on our team because New England was ranked what in pass defense, and what did we do against those guys?” he said, referring to the Patriots being ranked last entering last Sunday. “So, it really doesn’t matter what defenses are ranked. It’s according to how well guys play on the field at that time.”
“We have to honestly run with the plays that are being called,” Holmes said.
Boomer Esiason took issue with the comments on his radio show on WFAN stating that Holmes should “keep his mouth shut publicly”.
Not a good sign, and if they don’t win on Monday night it could get a lot worse before it gets better.