Miami. (US Presswire)

A few weeks ago, Jets receiver Santonio Holmes told the NY Daily News, “The media don't make me and the media don't break me. I'm Santonio Holmes . . . and that's it."

When the New York media had the chance to question him today on the first day of the Jets offseason workouts (the first time he’s participated in a full-blown media conference, albeit on the telephone), Holmes kept to that mindset.

When asked about the turmoil at the end of the season between Holmes and Mark Sanchez (not to mention, Holmes and the rest of his teammates), Holmes decided not to address it.

"That happened in the 2011-12 season," Holmes said, via the Newark Star Ledger. "That happened in the past. ... We’re worried about the 2012 NYJ football season, and if you’re not concerned with that, we don’t have anything else to talk about."

Reporters, however, would not be swayed. They asked about whether he quit in the Jets loss last year vs. the Dolphins -- Holmes was benched for the fourth quarter after making a nuisance of himself -- and Holmes said, "It happened down in Miami, and that’s where it’s going to stay, down in Miami.”

Holmes said he wasn’t concerned whether he’d return to New York after last season, because he had signed a five-year contract (worth, ahem, $45 million) before the start of 2011. But he did want to continue building his chemistry with Sanchez, and that’s why he invited the quarterback to Orlando recently to work out with him.

But Holmes also could have realized that his teleconference was his big chance to let fans know he understands the harm he caused last year and to begin making amends. Surely, he must regret the way last season ended. Right?

Um, not exactly.

“Why should I?” Holmes asked, perhaps providing an important answer with his rhetorical question.

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