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Holmes: No beef with O-Line

10/18/2011

Santonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes

#10 WR
New York Jets

2011 STATS

  • Rec17
  • Yds224
  • TD2
  • Avg13.2
  • Long28
  • YAC38

For the record, Mark Sanchez had a solid four seconds to deliver the ball to Santonio Holmes on Holmes' fourth-quarter touchdown reception on Monday night.

And, in case you're wondering, Holmes didn't have a problem with the offensive line on that play.

In fact, Holmes was complimentary of the big guys after the Jets' 24-6 win over the Dolphins.

"The offensive line did a good job protecting Mark, opening up a few holes for the running backs," Holmes said. "It was good today."

That was quite a departure from Holmes' assessment of the line a few days ago.

Holmes called out the offensive line for the second time in two weeks last Thursday, saying the unit is at the the root of the offense's problems.

"I may be criticized again for saying it, but it starts up front. The big guys know it. If they give Mark (Sanchez) enough time to sit in the pocket and complete passes, I think everything changes," Holmes said.

Right guard Brandon Moore, considered a quiet team leader, didn't take kindly to Holmes' remarks.

"I've never seen a captain do that," Moore said. "That's not leading. That's not being a leader. It actually fragments the locker room. It's not productive."

The Holmes-Moore feud apparently ended on Monday night around 8:25.

That's when both men took the field as Jets team captains, representing the team for the pregame coin toss.

"We both looked each other in the eye and said let’s go, it’s time to play football," Holmes said.

Things started slow for Holmes, Moore and the rest of the Jets offense.

But after four straight three-and-outs to open the game, the Jets, and Holmes in particular, started to produce.

Late in the second quarter, Sanchez hit Holmes for a 20-yard gain, setting the Jets up at the 11. Two plays later, Sanchez capped off the 11-play drive with a five-yard touchdown run to give the Jets a 14-6 lead.

Holmes struck again early in the fourth.

With Sanchez bouncing around the pocket, Holmes found a soft spot in the Miami zone. Sanchez hit Holmes in stride and, thanks to a key Plaxico Burress block, the Jets' $50 million man sprinted into the end zone untouched for his third touchdown of the season.

"'Tone stayed alive and then he just flew into the end zone," Sanchez said.

After the game, Holmes wasn't interested in revisiting his feud with Moore.

"We’re not talking about that.... We won the ballgame and we're moving on," Holmes said, tersely.

If you're a Jets fan, that's exactly what you wanted to hear.