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|Mark Sanchez, left, and Santonio Holmes attended the Knicks game together and were booed loudly.|
The relationship started to fray early in the year, when Holmes, a team captain, made publicly critical remarks about the offense. Sanchez called a team meeting, imploring teammates to keep issues in-house, but Holmes continued to tweak the offense.
It unraveled during the final week of the season, when Holmes refused to attend after-hours classroom sessions that Sanchez had organized for the quarterbacks and receivers. The situation imploded in the final minutes of the regular-season finale, when Holmes started jawing with teammates in the huddle and almost came to blows with tackle Wayne Hunter. Holmes was benched.
Holmes was frustrated throughout the season because of his lack of involvement in the offense. He finished with only 51 receptions for 654 yards, his worst statistical season as a starter.
After the season, Sanchez said he had dinner with Holmes near the wideout's Florida home. Later in the offseason, Holmes invited Sanchez and other teammates to work out with him in early April in Florida.Holmes didn't want to talk about the Week 17 benching during the Jets' offseason workouts, insisting the team focus on the upcoming season. Sanchez's role this season is one of the key storylines as Tebow adjusts to being a backup quarterback. Coach Rex Ryan has said Sanchez will remain the team's starting quarterback and Sanchez earlier this month praised Tebow as a "great addition." Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini contributed to this report.