Rex to Holmes: Focus on the game

December, 19, 2013
12/19/13
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- On Wednesday, Santonio Holmes said he'd be willing to take a pay cut to remain with the New York Jets in 2014. That prompted a mild rebuke Thursday from coach Rex Ryan, who wants his players to focus on the present, not the future.

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"I understand where he's coming from, but I wish that focus was just right on this game," Ryan said, referring to Sunday and the Cleveland Browns.

Ryan said "it's great to know" that Holmes wants to stay with the team, but the coach -- whose job is thought to be in jeopardy -- doesn't wants minds wandering into the offseason. Of course, Ryan was guilty of the same thing Monday, when he discussed his desire to remain the coach beyond this season. In fairness to Ryan, it should be noted that he was pressed by reporters to address his job status.

Ryan said he didn't discuss the issue with Holmes.

"No. Look, I did the same thing," he said. "It's like, 'Let's just put it all here. Let's just put it into this opponent and this game, and the future -- whatever that is -- [we'll address] at the appropriate time."

This marked the second straight week that Holmes made news with his comments. A week ago, he tweaked the Carolina Panthers' secondary by calling it "the weakest link" of their defense. Look at how that worked out.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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