“Tone” Time was in full effect for the New York Jets on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. As if losing 45-19 to the Eagles wasn’t bad enough, Santonio Holmes set the Tone with three bad plays that cost the Jets points, field position and a chance at victory.
During the Jets opening series, when the team appeared to be moving the ball well, Quarterback Mark Sanchez fired a short pass to Holmes, who fumbled the football after being hit by safety Kurt Coleman. Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker picked up the ball and returned it 47 yards for the first score of the game. 7-0 Eagles.
“I thought I had control of it until I hit the ground,” Holmes said. “But, the replay revealed that I didn’t. It was a turnover by me, a costly mistake by a veteran receiver.”
Example 2: Minutes later, with 6:01 left in the first quarter and the Jets deep in Eagles territory, Sanchez again threw to Holmes inside the Eagles 10-yard-line. Rather than making a routine catch, the ball went through his hands and into the hands of defensive back Asante Samuel, who caught it at the Eagles 4 and returned it 19 yards. The Eagles would go on to score to take a 14-0 lead.
“I think I was trying to play fast,” Holmes said, adding, “I was trying to get out of there and spin move real fast and get up field; took my eyes off the ball.”
Example 3: At 28-3, the Jets would score their first touchdown when Sanchez threw a perfect pass over the Eagles defense that Holmes caught for 25-yard touchdown. Rather than humbly celebrating (Jets were down 28-9 at that point) Holmes put the football on the ground, stepped on it, and raised his arms in the air and flapped them like an Eagle. A taunting penalty was given and the Jets would kick off from their 20.
“Being a vet, you can’t do silly things like that, that cost our team 15 yards on special teams and give them field position the way that they’ve been playing,” he said. “I just can’t do that.”
Holmes wears a “C” on his jersey for being one of the Jets captains.
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