Santonio Holmes has been proving himself on the field so far during camp. He has looked good, and has been leading by reaching out and talking to his younger receiving counterparts. I am not going to take credit away from him for doing that. He has looked good, and it can only be a positive when a veteran shares his knowledge with younger players.
The Jets, according to a report, are limiting Santonio Holmes’ media access. That’s a good thing, and maybe they should limit it more, because as far as interviews are concerned, he doesn’t get it. Well, either he doesn’t get it, or he isn’t as over last year as he would like us to believe. He is not a leader off the field when you listen to him, and he reallly should stop talking, because some of these quotes just don’t help.
Take his quote about last year, for example. During the interview where he discussed the two quarterback system, he was asked about LaDainian Tomlinson, and specifically, to respond to LDT’s thoughts about him being a problem in the locker room. Here is what he had to say:
“I didn’t say anything about last season until Week 17,” Holmes added. “It hurt to play seven games and only have (22) catches, but you do live and you learn. Honestly, L.T., I wouldn’t say he’s wrong, but I don’t think it would be right if I had anything to say come Week 7 and I only have 20 catches again. Just play it out like the way it played it out last year.”
To me, the correct answer would be to say that he was right last year, he was a problem, but he won’t be this year. He should say that he doesn’t care if he catches 10 balls as long as the Jets win the Super Bowl. But no, instead he talks about how hard it is for him not to receive passes.
Turn the page and we’ll take a look at his more recent interview.