Santonio Holmes Says “No” to Two Quarterback System


June 14, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) runs a pass pattern during minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Santonio Holmes has never been one without something to say, look at 2011. Love him or hate him, he always has an opinion. Last night, Holmes made an appearance on “NFL Total Access” on the NFL Network, and they asked him about, what else? Tebow/Sanchez, and whether or not a two quarterback system can work. Take a look at his answer:

“I don’t think so,” Holmes said. “Because you have to allow one quarterback to get into the rhythm of the game. It starts from the preparation in practice, knowing the first couple of plays that he’s going to take these reps. It’s getting a feel for coming onto the field with the crowd awaiting you. It’s the making the mistakes early in the game, to finishing the games at the end. You don’t just change a guy out just because he has a few mistakes early in a game. So I think coming into this season that we have a lot to expect from Sanchez.”

Santonio seems to understand that Tebow will have set plays for him each week, and feels he will do well. He also thinks that Mark Sanchez is doing a good job at setting himself as the starter:

“Sanchez has done everything that he can do to keep his starting spot, and I’m thinking that he’s going to be our guy this season,” Holmes said. “I’m not saying that with any bit of less confidence than the way I feel about him coming into the season. He’s going to be our guy that we depended on for the past couple of years, and he’s going to get the job done this year.”

Later on, he made a more ominous comment when asked about LaDainian Tomlinson’s thought that Holmes could be a problem if he doesn’t get the ball enough:

“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.”

Holmes is dead on about the quarterback situation. We all know that this situation is going to be delicate. If they get into a system where they are removing Sanchez in specific situations, even if he is in a rhythm, this is not going to work. Much of quarterbacking is about rhythm and timing. If the quarterback is coming out of the game every time the team goes inside the 20 yard line, depsite completing 4 passes in a row, hypothetically, how is he supposed to establish a rhythm?

The second part worries me greatly. Holmes should not be in any way, shape, or form, hinting that he is going to complain again. This is destructive to the team dynamic, as we saw last year. No matter how many times he does, or does not, touch the football, he needs to be all in for the team.

As I said before, he is never short on an opinion, that’s for sure.