Report: Sanchez and Holmes clashed

January, 2, 2012
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Now it's clear why New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and top receiver Santonio Holmes weren't on the same page on the field.

It turns out the pair couldn't on the same page off the field, either.

ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini reports Sanchez and Holmes clashed the week leading up to Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Two of New York's most important offensive players exchanged words during one quarterbacks and receivers meeting, and Holmes reportedly skipped another.

This was the genesis of Sunday's regular-season finale when Holmes got into a heated exchange in the huddle and was subsequently benched in the fourth quarter. Everything that was brewing behind the scenes came to the forefront in the final minutes of a must-win game.

The Jets (8-8) certainly had the talent to make the playoffs but team chemistry held them back. Now there's a disconnect between the starting quarterback and No. 1 receiver that needs to be resolved.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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