Just uttering the name Santonio Holmes will make most New York Jets fans cringe.
Gang Green's captain brought shame and unrest to New York's locker room as the letter ‘C' on his uniform stood for ‘complainer' in the minds of fans and teammates alike. While there's no refuting the fact that Holmes' selfish nature contributed to the Jets demise in 2011, the root of the Jets disorder remains somewhat of a mystery.
That is, until now.
There's no justification or rationale for Holmes' immature behavior, but there were a number of factors that triggered the mercurial wideout's public temper tantrum.
For one, former Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer failed to utilize Holmes' talents to the fullest by focusing on short and intermediate passing routes instead of taking advantage of big plays down the field.
The Jets offense stalled as Mark Sanchez's receiver progression called for endless check-downs to tailback LaDainian Tomlinson out of the backfield. With New York's postseason dreams fading, Holmes expressed his displeasure with his lack of involvement in the offense and called-out his teammates for underperforming. This gesture did not endear the star receiver to any of his fellow teammates only furthering his reputation as a ‘me-first' type of player.
Was Holmes' wrong by calling out his offensive coordinator, his quarterback and the offensive line?
Without question Holmes demonstrated insensitivity to his teammates; instead of motivating them to perform he alienated himself and created a growing divide in the locker room.
Holmes assessment of the team was in fact accurate: the offensive system was flawed, the offensive line underperformed and the team's franchise quarterback regressed. With that being said, Holmes' method of delivering his message was poorly implemented.
As Gang Green moves upward and onward to 2012, Holmes express but one regret from last season, lamenting the fact the Green and White missed out on the playoffs.