The Jets have lost two consecutive games, and now there appears to be some sniping in the locker room.
After the team's 34-17 loss to
Baltimore on Sunday night, wide receiver Santonio Holmes said the
offensive line needed to play better, and he also said that quarterback
Mark Sanchez "has to do a better job of making reads and getting the
ball where he needs to, so his playmakers can make plays."
Holmes also said that on the clinching touchdown
interception by Lardarius Webb, Sanchez threw the ball late.
When asked Wednesday if he took any offense,
Sanchez gave an interesting response.
"No, I think our player policy is just to try and
keep things in-house," he said, "so that kind of stuff won't happen.
... Moving forward, that won't happen. We've talked about it, and those
individual improvements and stuff, that happens on a personal level.
You go with your coaches and you go through your reads, and I'm going
to get better, but that kind of stuff doesn't go past this locker room."
When asked if Holmes' comments were addressed in
the locker room, the third-year quarterback said, "Yes, within this
locker room, we talk about stuff like that. That's about as far as I'm
going to go on that."
When Holmes was asked about Sanchez's reaction, he
replied, "I honestly don't know what was said that I caused a stir in
the locker room.
"If anybody feels bad about that then I'm sorry,
but as a captain, that's my job to point it out amongst ourselves,"
Holmes said. "And if the media took it the wrong way, I apologize for
it. But as far as meaning it to dictate anything negative on my team, I
would never do that. I didn't sign back here to be that guy."
Perhaps Holmes shouldn't have made his comments,
but it isn't as if he is wrong. Sanchez has been telegraphing many
passes and not doing a very good job of going through his progressions.
Both Holmes and Sanchez were named captains by
coach Rex Ryan before the season, and Ryan said Monday, when asked
about Holmes' criticisms, he doesn't "mute" his players.
"If coach (Ryan) put a 'C' on my chest," Holmes
said, "everybody should listen to what I have to say whether it's good
or bad and let's build from it. Let's not take it out and say 'OK,
we're going to trash this person for saying something bad about the
team in the media.'"
Of course, Holmes isn't the only person
criticizing Sanchez, who is making $16.5 million this season but isn't
playing up to that salary. He had six touchdown passes, five
interceptions and four lost fumbles through the first four games, and
is the 28th-rated passer in the NFL.
But Sanchez made it clear he hasn't lost
confidence in himself, despite his struggles, as the Jets prepare to
visit New England.
"That's what I'm trying to do this week," he said,
"show the guys that ... I'm the man, I don't care what anybody says,
I'm the man in this building and we've got to win this game.
"That's what I've got to exude. That's the
confidence I need to have. That's the way I felt this week."
Tight end Dustin Keller said Sanchez's even-keel
makeup should help him move forward.
"It doesn't matter if he's getting hit or he's
passing for 400 yards," Keller said. "He's going to be the same guy no
The Jets hope Sanchez is the same guy he was in
the last meeting with New England, when he threw three touchdown passes
with no interceptions in the Jets' upset playoff win in January.
"It's nice to know that we (went) up there in the
playoffs and we won that game last year," Sanchez said. "That was huge
for us, but it's a whole new game so we have to be ready."
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