By Justin Aucoin
The New York Jets are taking a lot of heat after going 8-8 this season and rightfully so. From Day One of training camp, the Jets have been bragging about their star studded line up. They couldnt wait to mouth off about how awesome they were despite not a single snap taken place. They even said theyd win the Super Bowl this year.
In many aspects theyre just like the Miami Heat: Braggarts who are always falling short of their boasts.
Getting extra crispy from all the media grilling is Santonio Holmes, one of the Jets captains, who was skewered and held over the fire by teammate LaDainian Tomlinson:
"Let me just say there were some guys in the huddle that were unhappy with Tone's demeanor. When you have a group of guys fighting their butts off and one guy, for whatever reason, their demeanors not with them, you're going to get some guys to say something to him and tell him how they feel. That's what you got today.The worst thing that can happen, the worst thing, is when your teammates start to question your passion for the game. That's the worst thing. And I think in that huddle, that's what you saw. When guys looked in his eyes, and he didn't have that fire in his eyes, guys were turned off about that ... The demeanor is, 'I quit,' or whatever it may be."
Heres video of the huddle in question.
Another teammate added Holmes quit a long time ago. Hes a cancer.
All worthy criticism for a dude who gave up on his team with playoff hopes on the line. But you need to look deeper into the organization to find the source. First off, props to Brian Schottenheimer for sitting Holmes but why on earth would someone name Holmes captain especially with the reputation he came with?
Leadership comes from the top down and when it comes to leadership Rex Ryan is sorely lacking in it. Theres little accountability in the Jets organization, at least publically. Championship teams take accountability for losses (see: 2010-2011 Boston Bruins) and teams that fail look for excuses (see: 2011 Boston Red Sox, 2010-2011 Vancouver Canucks). Ryan always has a bag of potato chips and excuses for his teams poor play and that lack of accountability trickle downs. It only makes sense that his captains would follow suit.
Jets fans can blame Holmes all they want. He deserves it for sure. But you need to look at the big picture. You need to look at a culture that would foster that sort of shenanigans in the first place.
Safe to say Holmes has lost his captainship of the team, but itll be interesting to see if he lost his spot on the Jets roster. If Ryan and the Jets brass want to send a message that theyre serious about winning, Holmes needs to be shipped out of town.