Thursday, January 19, 2012
Can Sanchez and Holmes co-exist?
By James Walker
As the weeks go by following the New York Jets' implosion towards the end of the regular season, more details continue to emerge from behind the scenes. The latest comes from Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who exposed an intense rift between New York starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes.
"I've been around some locker rooms and quarterback-receiver situations and what-not, but it was as bad as I've been around," Tomlinson said on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" on Wednesday night. "You know, it was at the point where I think the players could no longer do anything about it. There was nothing that the players could do. So when it gets to that point, there are certain changes that need to happen. Can it be fixed? I think absolutely it can be. But they're going to have to make some tough decisions."
It was clear Sanchez and Holmes were not on the same page on the field. The two did not connect on nearly enough big plays to be successful this past season. That created frustration for the entire offense.
But if Sanchez and Holmes have issues with each other personally, this needs to be repaired as soon as possible. There is little chance for success on offense if the quarterback and top receiver cannot get along. This will be the job of head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano to fix.
Barring a dream scenario of New York acquiring quarterback Peyton Manning, neither player is going anywhere. Sanchez and Holmes both have to make it work or the Jets are in trouble again next season.