Recently, in discussing the now well-known end of 2011, Santonio talked about how he was the scapegoat for last year’s problems:
“It was the end, it was playoffs on the line, and your best receiver doesn’t get but two passes thrown his way in 60 minutes of football,” Holmes told ESPN 98.7. “That’s just hard to understand and to cope with when you want everything just as bad as everybody else does, and it just doesn’t even happen. And nobody has the answers for it, but ‘the scapegoat’ is the answer, and that’s what happened.”
No Santonio, you were getting the blame because you were fighting with your teammates on the field. You earned everything anyone said about you. Correct, the playoffs were on the line, your job was to do whatever was asked of you, in order to help the Jets win the game. Your job was not to start complaining because you didn’t catch enough passes to serve your large ego. That’s why you were blamed for the problems. Clearly the quote above means you don’t get it. This is not the way to get past it.
He later admitted being part of the problem, sort of:
“Was me, it was me,” Holmes said, when asked what was at the heart of his problems last season. “Not answering those questions in that manner. Not saying the things that were asked of me to say, and just learning how to hold my tongue and to be more critical of myself instead of others.”
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