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.

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley, whose flu-like symptoms landed him in the hospital and forced him to miss Friday’s game against Phoenix, tells CSNNE.com that he will play tonight.
 
“I didn’t get [out of the hospital] until [Saturday] evening,” Bradley told CSNNE.com. “My stomach still hurts a little bit, but I’m all right. I’ll be good.”
 
The importance of Bradley to this team cannot be overstated.
 
His ability to make a major impact both as a scorer and an elite defender separates him from not only his teammates but from most guards in the NBA.
 
However, his health has been a season-long issue in some form or another, which can be seen in the fact that he has missed 24 games via injury or illness -- more than any other player on the Celtics roster.
 
When he has played, Bradley has delivered on several fronts.
 
He’s averaging 16.9 points per game while averaging 6.2 rebounds per game - both career highs -- which rank second and third, respectively, on the Celtics roster this season.

Five things to look for from the NFL annual meetings this week

Five things to look for from the NFL annual meetings this week

PHOENIX -- Bill Belichick may not be speaking with the media here this week, but there will be plenty for us to examine at the annual league meetings. 

Reporters were informed via a team spokesperson that the Patriots coach would not be in attendance at the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday morning -- where in the past orange juice has been sipped and tape recorders have been bulldozed -- due to a scouting conflict. 

The breakfast is not mandatory for coaches so for Belichick to use his time at a college pro day (Florida, Texas and Iowa State all have theirs scheduled for Tuesday) or a private workout comes as little surprise. He's been busy on the Trail of Due Diligence in recent weeks, making visits to Vanderbilt, Ohio State and Michigan in order to get a closer look at prospects.

Five weeks behind, remember? No days off. 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is planning to meet with reporters on Monday so we'll have an opportunity to hear from him on a variety of topics when that comes to pass. 

Here are some of the other Patriots-related stories we'll be doing some digging on this week as we keep you updated with blog posts, occasional television hits, tweets (@PhilAPerry), Instagram shots (@PhilAPerry), and maybe even a podcast or two.

-- What does the rest of the league think when it sees the way the Patriots have attacked this offseason? How will the new pieces fit? Do other coaches and executives see it as Belichick going all in on 2017? Or is this just a case of a team adhering to its motto of doing "what's best for the football team" -- both in the short and long-term?

-- What's next for the Patriots? They're not done building the roster, so where might they turn next? Will they add other lower-level free agents? Will they be looking to trade back into the first and second rounds? Which positions seem to be of interest to them in the draft, and how might that signal the direction this roster is headed?

-- What is the feeling on the future at the quarterback position in New England? We know the Patriots aren't looking to give away Jimmy Garoppolo, but do people around the league really feel as though a haul of draft picks won't get the Patriots to think twice about trading him? Is it possible that in this rare scenario -- where the franchise quarterback is playing at an MVP-level but headed into his 40-year-old season -- people could see the Patriots paying two passers a starter's salary?

-- Will anything happen with Malcolm Butler before the meetings are out? Some have speculated that if his status as a restricted free agent (with an unsigned first-round tender) is to change anytime soon, it could happen here, where presumably his agent will be able to hear offers from one or more clubs in person. Will Butler find a team willing to give him an offer sheet and relinquish its first-round pick to the Patriots? Or will he sign his tender -- whether it's with the intent to play for the Patriots in 2017, or to be traded?

-- Rules changes are coming. We just don't know which ones. Will the linebacker leap (executed by Jamie Collins and Shea McClellin under Belichick) be eliminated? Will Stephen Gostkowski soon be looking to blast kickoffs through the uprights due to the passing of a rule that would place the ball at the 20 as opposed to the 25 for such a feat? Will real-time replay decisions suddenly shift from the officials on the field to the NFL offices at 345 Park Avenue? We'll let you know which proposals are held up, which fall flat, and how the Patriots might be impacted. Belichick and his staff did not submit any proposals for the second consecutive year.