There was a moment in last Sunday's game against Miami that defined the resurrection of the Mark Sanchez-Santonio Holmes chemistry.
In the second half, Holmes was slated to run a post route that would put him right in the way of a lurking defender. Holmes glanced back at Sanchez and stopped short of the zone coverage. Sanchez sensed the move and completed the pass for the first down.
While every Jets fan celebrated the play, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano had a few choice words for the pair when they returned to the sideline.
"This isn't a free-wheeling zone," recollected Sanchez of Sparano's comments. "This isn't street football where you can just go to the Blue Cadillac and turn right."
Sanchez later laughed it off saying that Sparano came to his senses and congratulated them on making the play. Holmes offered his view on the same play as well.
"I think Coach Sparano trusts me as a seven-year veteran receiver that I will get the job done no matter what," said Holmes. "In the heat of the battle, he understood the only thing that mattered was the catch."
Sunday proved to be a huge game for the seven-year star as he recorded nine catches for 147 yards, his first 100 yard performance since November 2010.
It seems that maybe "Tone Time" is back after a two year hiatus.
Fans will remember "Tone Time" as better days when Holmes and Sanchez combined for over 750 yards and six scores in just 12 games.
"You just kind of find that knack for each other and have a better understanding of how things can be done on both ends," said Holmes of his experience with Sanchez. "He's getting a better feel for how I play the game (and) how we should play the game together."
The games came as good news for the Jets. Sanchez came into the day as having the lowest completion percentage (50.5) among active starters and is in the worst three-game stretch to start a season of his career. He will look to better his numbers in this week's contest against a San Francisco defense that is widely regarded as the league's best. If Holmes can get open, that will in turn open the entire passing game for other receivers. Holmes believes that Gang Green just has to be wary of turnovers. "These guys are greedy," asserted Holmes. "We have to be aware of the different coverages that they run. We really have to study hard this week and be prepared for it."