Blame Jets culture for their craptastic season

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Blame Jets culture for their craptastic season

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

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.

Alarm-puller: ‘I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan’

Alarm-puller: ‘I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan’

Intentionally or otherwise, the guy who allegedly pulled the fire alarm at the Steelers’ hotel Sunday morning may have also provided the average Bud Light-loving Bostonian a new motto. 

“I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan,” Dennis Harrison told police after he was arrested, according to the Boston Globe.  

Citing the State Police report, the Globe wrote Monday that Harrison was talked into pulling the alarm while at a party in Revere, with a friend driving the 25-year-old to the Boston Hilton Logan Airport hotel Sunday morning. 

Harrison reportedly walked up to the second floor and pulled the fire alarm before returning to the car, but his friend and the keys were gone. He was then picked up by police while walking away from the hotel. 

According to the Globe, Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and setting off a false fire alarm Monday and was released on personal recognizance.
 

Belichick missed Bennett dancing with cheerleaders: 'We'll have to get a replay'

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Belichick missed Bennett dancing with cheerleaders: 'We'll have to get a replay'

Martellus Bennett wanted to party. The nine-year veteran had just stamped his first trip to the Super Bowl, and he was going to celebrate by doing things that would be quintessential "Football Marty." 

He grabbed some pom-poms and danced with Patriots cheerleaders.

He planned to Facetime his brother Michael, Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Seahawks, and talk trash. "Now I’m going to the Super Bowl, mother[expletive]. Meet me in Houston."

He talked about how he'd do some baking. "Making myself a cake, and I am going to write, 'You're awesome' on the cake, and sit there, and I'll probably eat the whole thing and regret it tomorrow because I have to make sure I make weight."

It wasn't a typical reaction to making it to the final game of the season, not for a locker room half-full with players who have been there before. But it was genuine. And even Patriots coach Bill Belichick, often thought of as the no-fun police captain headquartered at Gillette Stadium, those kinds of emotions were worth appreciating.

"Yeah, I missed all of the dancing with the cheerleaders. Sorry. We’ll have to get a replay on that," Belichick said on a conference call Monday. "But you know, I’d say just in general . . . obviously it was a great win for our team and our organization last night, but it’s great to see the players who have worked so hard take so much satisfaction in their relationship with their teammates and the goal that they accomplished last night.

"Another step in a season where the team has already won 16 games but it was another significant step. When you see them reacting and congratulating each other and celebrating like that, you know you have a closeness on the team that is special. I mentioned that last night and it’s true. These guys, they work hard.

"They put up with a lot from me and they put up with a lot of significant demands and requirements here, but it’s done with the intent to try and produce a good product and a good team. They buy into it. They perform well in critical situations like last night. I take a lot of satisfaction in seeing them achieve that because they’ve worked so hard for it and I think they deserve it, but you’ve got to go out and prove it."

In order to emphasize the point that the Patriots had proved it, that they were more than a group of hard-workers, Belichick referenced a book by Jerry Izenberg that tracked the Giants for a week in 1989 -- when Belichick was defensive coordinator -- titled "No Medals for Trying." 

"This time of year everybody tries hard," Belichick said. "Everybody has a good team that is still playing. You’re only rewarded for achievement. Last night we were fortunate enough to earn that. It’s a great feeling to see everybody have that kind of interaction with each other and feel so good about their teammates and the guys they’ve worked so hard with."