After a string of games in which the New York Jets alternated wins and losses, Gang Green now finds itself in the midst of a three game losing streak. The Jets most recent 23-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday brings their record down to 5-7 and their hopes of playing January football are starting to fade. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes expressed his disgust with the way his team has been playing over the losing streak.
"We lost," said Holmes bluntly. "It's a tough loss to a divisional opponent. We needed this win to stay in the playoff hunt. Right now, we have to go back to the drawing board."
The loss to Miami marks the fourth time this year the Jets have lost by at least 20 points. This is now the second week in a row where the Jets have mustered only three points on the scoreboard. With the entire offense struggling, rookie quarterback Geno Smith has been benched for two consecutive weeks and now has thrown 11 interceptions to one touchdown over his last six games.
The receiving corps has largely fallen in production as well. Stephen Hill has only one game in which he surpassed 100 yards receiving and only recorded one reception in the game against the Dolphins. On the other side of the field, Holmes has not fared any better in the passing game. Holmes has been hindered by lingering pain from his heel injury and played in just two snaps against Miami. Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg based their decision to limit Holmes on wanting him to be in top shape for the remainder of the season.
"It was coach's decision," reiterated Holmes. "I had limited plays coming off an injury. We wanted to monitor that and make sure everything is ok for the rest of the season."
Holmes has been on a steady decline in production ever since joining the Jets four years ago. He enjoyed a 700 yard campaign in his first year in New York but he has never reached the totals that he did during his tenure in Pittsburgh. Holmes has only recorded one touchdown this season and he knows that he will have to do better in order for the Jets to turn around their recent struggles.
"We pride ourselves on scoring touchdowns," said the former Super Bowl MVP. "In the beginning of the season we were in the top five or top 10 throughout the first part of the season, and suddenly (we) have a big drop off. We definitely have to get back to the drawing board and figure out how we (get) keep this thing rolling."