Print and Go Back ESPN.com: New York Jets [Print without images]

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Santonio mum on controversial comment

By Matt Ehalt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Santonio Holmes apparently did all his talking on Twitter.

The Jets receiver did not comment several times Thursday when asked about his "I can't throw it to myself" remark from last week. Holmes criticized the media on Twitter the next day.

"I don't have anything to say about it," Holmes said Thursday. "What was said was said, and what was done was done."

It was tense in the media interview room Thursday as Holmes repeatedly answered "no comment" when asked about his comment from last week. Holmes even said "no comment" when asked about his former team, Pittsburgh, starting their season 0-4.

Holmes, who had to be prodded by the Jets' public relations staff to talk, created a stir as he used a bad choice of words to explain his one-catch performance against Tennessee on Sept. 29.

"It's the offense's job," Holmes said on Oct. 3. "I can't throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would."

The following day, after landing on back pages for his quote, Holmes lashed out at the media on Twitter. He tweeted: "What a great morning 2 awake 2 hear the media frenzy about Holmes quitting on his team, and he sucks, and he always blaming someone else."

DEFENDING COPLES: Through his first three games, Quinton Coples' switch to linebacker hasn't been as productive as he or the Jets would have hoped. Through 165 snaps, Coples has just one solo tackle and six combined tackles, and one tackle for loss. He has yet to record a sack.

Jets coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman defended Coples' play Thursday.

"Hasn't had the impact on the field on the score sheet or whatever that maybe I thought and we all thought, but he's playing pretty good. He's causing some production for others, I think," Ryan said. "He had a couple of hits on the quarterback, especially the first game. This past game wasn't quite as good."

Coples led the Jets with 5 1/2 sacks last season while playing on the defensive line, but the Jets shifted him to an outside rushing linebacker during the offseason. He missed the first two games after suffering a hairline fracture in his right ankle and undergoing surgery. He does have seven quarterback hits, however.

"Quinton is doing the things we are asking him to do," Thurman said. "We have some defenses where his assignment is as far as you know. That means you might make the play but you're really not going to make the play because you're setting it up for somebody else."

SPECIAL TEAMS FACTOR: Special teams coach Ben Kotwica acknowledged that special teams played a factor in the Jets deciding to go with receiver Michael Campbell and releasing Ryan Spadola. The Dolphins ultimately signed Spadola to the practice squad.

"[Campbell's] got some experience in what we're doing special teams wise and the discussion came up and the opportunity was there and he had some plays there on Monday night and did a nice job," Kotwica said.