The New York Jets ended their season in a way most would have imagined given the events of the last three weeks, with plenty of drama. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ 17-19 loss to the Miami Dolphins by offensive coordinator Brian Scottenheimer.
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Reports said that Holmes got into an argument with a teammate prior to being benched that had to be broken up by quarterback Mark Sanchez and others. Schottenheimer benched him after that.
Teammates excoriated Holmes in the press following the game. According to a quote in a piece from Jenny Vrentas in the Newark Star Ledger, one Jets player accused Holmes of quitting.
He quit. It’s happened for the past two to three weeks. It’s happened all season.
Running back LaDainian Tomlinson spoke more openly about the situation, noting that the way Holmes was carried himself during the game was negatively affecting his teammates.
Holmes signed a five-year, $45 million deal during the offseason to stay with the Jets. Head coach Rex Ryan made him a captain for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins.
Holmes said little about the incident following the game, a game in which he had no catches for the first time in his career. Asked about his confidence in embattled offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Holmes responded with a vague answer before noting that it was not his decision whether or not the offensive coordinator returns.
The season is over for the Jets, but the drama likely won’t be for some weeks.