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Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:37 pm
 
Holmes has apologized to teammates for his impromptu TD celebration. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

The Jets in December are like a rash: they just won't go away. It seems to happen every year -- an inexplicable late-season loss doesn't bounce New York from the playoff hunt and that sliver of hope is all they need. By the time the regular-season ends, the Jets have inevitably earned a wild-card berth on their way to the AFC Championship game.

With that in mind, getting thoroughly manhandled by the Eagles Sunday means little for their postseason hopes and dreams. Heading into Week 15, the Jets were the No. 6 seed, the final wild-card entrant. Monday, thanks to losses by the Titans and Raiders, the Jets … remained the No. 6 seed.

Which means that if they win out, they're headed to the postseason.

But the 2011 version of this team doesn't have the running game or defense of previous Rex Ryan squads. This has put additional pressure on quarterback Mark Sanchez and while he's showed glimpses of franchise QB-promise, in general he hasn't been up to the challenge. It doesn't help when your receivers are dropping passes -- or worse, fumbling them. Or, if you're Santonio Holmes, the Jets' No. 1 wideout, dropping, fumbling, and then getting personal-foul penalties for the balls you do catch.

Against the Eagles, Holmes hauled in a touchdown pass and was promptly flagged for excessive celebration. Makes sense given that the Jets only trailed by three scores at the time.

But there's good news: Holmes has learned his lesson.

Ryan (via the Newark Star-Ledger) said that “He apologized for that to me but I’ll say this about Santonio and every other player on this team: They have my 100 percent support and we’re in this thing together.”

Ryan doesn't expect similar lapses to happen in the future, either. So there's that.

"Are we perfect? No. None of us are perfect, but I'm just saying that you wish that thing never happened," Ryan said. "I don't think it will happen again, but again, I have his back, he has mine and this whole team is that way. We just have to come out and fight for each other, we know it was a mistake and we'll learn from it."

If the Jets are to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year, they'll need to beat the Giants (an equally enigmatic team) and then travel to Miami and beat the Dolphins, quite possibly the best 5-9 club in the history of professional football.

And while the Jets haven't played particularly well recently (beating the Chiefs and Redskins doesn't count), we fully expect them to backdoor their way into the postseason. They have a knack for it.

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Comments

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:39 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

PS had I seen your post earlier I would have bet as much as your minimum wage job allows you to lose!



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:37 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Grew up in St. Louis, thats why I am a Cardinal baseball and Blues fan; never liked the Cardinal football team. Moved to Miami and was a seson ticket holder for years. Didnt hate the JETS until I attended Dolphins games and saw how classless JETS fans are. ohhh and Miami beat Jets today as I predicted. Happy New Year!



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 10:03 am
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

You just mad the Holmes Left the Steelers after winning the SB for them and went to the Jets.And they Lost to the Pack in the SB
Please, I hope the Jets take some more of our re-treads and make the team captains. What a joke, Wrecks Cryan making a Steeler reject a JETS team captain, hahahahaha! Keep old man Plax too maybe he can be a team captain too. We have a much better recieving corps today. Enough with the Big Ben rape stuff already. Nothing was ever proven. What he's guilty of is poor judgement and partying like a champion. And unlike Wrecks and Marcia Sanchez, he PLAYS LIKE A CHAMPION. 



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:46 am
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

You can tell a lot about certain players and their antics.  I see this celebration stuff a lot out of the Jets and the Eagles, two teams with v ery good talent, but somehow they don't reach their potential.  When you look at the elite teams, you just don't see much of this type of behavior.  They get the big picture: it's a team game, and not about individualism.
That's not really true at all.  Plenty of great Championship teams have played dirty and committed lots of what would be penalties today (and many were penalties in the past).  The Dallas Cowboys of the 90s are a great recent example in the NFL.  The Patriots SB teams had Rodney Harrison who gets lots of penalties, and then there are the recent Steelers with James Harrison(might be screwing up the name right now) and Hines Ward.  And who could forget the iconic Raiders that would lead the league in penalties every year but would win anyway?

In terms of celebrations, until Goodell came along, excessive celebrations were the norm.  TO especially used to be known for great ones, but even laid back players like the great Reggie White were known for sack celebrations that would be flagged for taunting today.  Entire teams would have dances after scoring.  It was a part of the culture, which has now been changed, but don't pretend decades ago everyone played clean and never celebrated or talked.

Trash talk I haven't even gotten to, but they used to say some very nasty things.  Warren Sapp and LT (the crack addict, not the classy one) would intimidate opponents even in the press, and in game day, they'd threaten people's family members with things that should probably have gotten them thrown in jail.

The game is kind of cleaned up now, not sure if it's all for the better or for worse, but I am pretty sure some things are better and some are worse.  And I'm also sure excessive celebrations and other stupid things have existed and will still continue to exist.  I personally like the guys that don't talk and just go out and perform, guys like LT2, Brees and a few others are fun to watch.  I love Tim Tebow as a role model too, he has his head in the right place.  Yeah Holmes is a schmuck, but so are many others so you can't single out the Jets alone.  Heck look at Suh, Holmes has never done anything as bad as Suh seems to do weekly.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Wrong.Wrong.Wrong.And what is  SOV. If the Jets win their last 2 games they are in.Based on Common teams played,the Jets are 3-2 and the Bengals are 2-2.So don't post if you do not have a clue.
Think about what you just wrote: common games. Common games will be equal at the end of the year after the Bengals play the Ravens in week 17. So yes, I am right, right right. Don't post if you don't have a clue.



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

You can call somebody that gets flagged for excessive celebration while his team is still behind by three touchdowns a lot of different things, but professional isn't one of them...



Since: Dec 4, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

holmes and ryan are both jerks   holmes is a typical %#$$^& showboats down by so much. he is part of why they have a stereotype and these are the type of people who make millions  lowlife dirtbags   not heart or brain surgeons but ghetto piece of Sh$t



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

Holmes would fit in perfectly in the NBA since B-ball has become an individual sport, but that celebrating when you are WAY BEHIND, doesn't sit right in the NFL, a TEAM sport.



Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2011 11:42 am
 

Rex Ryan: Holmes apologized, I have his back

You can tell a lot about certain players and their antics.  I see this celebration stuff a lot out of the Jets and the Eagles, two teams with v ery good talent, but somehow they don't reach their potential.  When you look at the elite teams, you just don't see much of this type of behavior.  They get the big picture: it's a team game, and not about individualism.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:31 am
 

No reason to celebrate!!!

He apologized forr getting the penalty not for the celebration>  When you are down by as much as they were you hnad the ball off to the official and get back to the sideline.  Another player that just does not get it.


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