FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The verbal battles between the Jets and Giants have begun to pick up steam.
Whether it was Rex Ryan saying his Jets are better than their stadium partners or Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks calling Darrelle Revis a "decent" cornerback, someone always seems to have something to say. Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes entered the fray Wednesday. "They've given up big plays. They're poor tackling guys," he said of the Giants' defense, which is ranked 29th against the pass. "We know plays can be made over their heads. We just have to be willing to take advantage of them and make them count."
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Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer talked about some of the Giants' troubles on defense but stopped short of predicting a high point total.
"I think I've seen them miss some tackles at times. But they have good players back there," Schottenheimer said. "I know they've been nicked up some. It's been a revolving door back there. It'll be a challenge, and there are some things we think we can take advantage of. [But] you're not going to do it by just saying it. You have to go out and execute."
Holmes had a little more to say after being asked if he thought Giants cornerback Corey Webster was having a great season. "Can't wait to see him come Saturday," Holmes said. "I hope he's ready to bring his 'A' game."
The Jets are hoping Holmes brings his "A" game, too.
The receiver came under heavy scrutiny Sunday after drawing a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration after a touchdown. The Jets were losing 28-9, and two turnovers by Holmes had led to two touchdowns by the Eagles.
Ryan confirmed Monday that Holmes apologized to him.
"Just our relationship, our respect for each other, knowing the situation of what was going on," Holmes said when asked why he apologized to Ryan.
When pressed further about the apology and what happened on the field among him, Ryan and Schottenheimer, Holmes got defensive.
"Did you see him yell at me?" Holmes said, his voice rising a bit, when asked if he had an exchange with Schottenheimer. "Did you see him say anything to me on the sideline?"
Schottenheimer didn't say whether he yelled at Holmes, but noted he did talk with him.
"The one thing I said to Tone was 'We had just gained momentum,' " Schottenheimer said. "We made a great play, good throw, great route, great catch, and all I said to him was we're trying to fight back in this thing and we need to maintain momentum. Don't give them momentum back, and he agreed."
Holmes also denied that Ryan yelled at him on the field.
"[Ryan] and I don't have any issues to converse about anything negative," Holmes said. "When things are going right, they're right, and when they're wrong, they're wrong. We have each other's back."