One of the biggest issues facing the Jets coming into the 2012 season was the relationship between Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes. How solid was it? Can these two play together? Are they speaking? It’s all that went on all offseason. Many didn’t think that these two could be together on the same field anymore.
Well, all recent evidence is that they are doing OK. After a poor game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the duo lit it up against the Miami Dolphins, putting it all together in an otherwise ugly game, when Santonio Holmes put up his first 100 yard game since 2010. The big play connection for 38 yards set up the game winning field goal. Clearly, they are getting it right. The two of them talked about it in their meetings with the media yesterday. First, Sanchez on the feeling of connecting with Holmes:
It’s good for the two of us, it’s obviously beneficial to the team and it’s good for the other wide-outs because that’s where I want to be with all those guys. I feel great about (Jeremy) Kerley, can’t wait to get Dustin (Keller) back, Stephen’s (Hill) coming along. We have to get him to snatch that ball and come down with it, and we’ll just keep plugging away. It’s nice to see our guys working hard.
Mark talked about the OT throw as well, and he went into the chemistry of the two of them here as well:
We repped those quite a bit, but he had a great release, you just have to get him the football. I thought there were some other, not necessarily throws, but just timing on some routes and some connections we had in that game that reminded me of a couple years ago. One route, he was supposed to run one way (and) if he would’ve done exactly what it said on paper, he was going to run right into somebody and I’m going to throw it right into the defender. He gave me his eyes, gave me his numbers and kind of showed me he was going to sit down, and just sat right in the zone and I was feeling the exact same thing. Coach Sparano, he’s like, “This isn’t just free-wheeling zone. You guys don’t go out there (and do what you want), this isn’t street football, run to the blue Cadillac and turn right.” He’s like, “At the end of the day, you guys are making a play, and I appreciate that. Let’s not make a habit of it on every single play.” At times, it doesn’t happen exactly the way it’s drawn up on paper. To have that chemistry with Tone, just feels good and that’s where we’re supposed to be, so we have to keep building on it.