The return of Santurdio? For the most part, Santonio Holmes has been a good soldier since being traded to the New York Jets. But, you may recall that he recently popped off to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com and blamed the offensive line for the offense’s struggles.
“I may be criticized again for saying it, but it starts up front,” Holmes said Thursday. “The big guys know it. If they give Mark enough time to sit in the pocket and complete passes, I think everything changes.”
Yeah, that’s pretty stupid. Throwing teammates under the bus? When is that ever a good idea?
Well, guard Brandon Moore didn’t appreciate it being chucked under the bus like that, so he decided to fire back at him through the media.
“It’s disrespectful,” Moore said. “Guys work hard. To put your teammates out to dry, guys you work with every day so on Sundays you can have productive day, that’s not really being a leader. That’s not being a captain.”
Moore said that he already tried to talk to Santurdio privately the last time he went off publicly about the offensive line, but that didn’t work (obviously) because he keeps doing it. So, he’s taking to the media so that the whole world can see what a copacetic locker room the Jets have.
“I talked to him after the last time he did it the week after the Baltimore game and he didn’t see anything wrong with it,” Moore said. “I don’t know what he thinks about me; I don’t deal with him, and I probably won’t deal with him after this.”
Moore then said that he thinks someone told him that it’s fine to run your mouth in the media. We doubt it, but apparently Moore thinks that’s the case.
“But apparently he’s allowed to say whatever he wants to around here now,” Moore said. “Apparently someone around here told him that it’s OK to do that because he keeps doing it.”
He has a point. What does Santonio hope to gain from all this? Does he think calling them out will make them try harder? Losing football games will always make someone’s true colors come through. Maybe he never stopped being Santurdio after all.