Santonio to media: Be positive!
Santonio Holmes has had a rather chatty week, appearing on NFL Network on Monday to discuss his relationship with Mark Sanchez and his outlook on the Jets’ season. The receiver continued his impromptu media tour with an even more expansive interview in an NFL.com podcast, telling interviewer Dave Damesheck that his relationship with Sanchez is on solid ground, and that their late-season bickering is all behind them.
Holmes also took the opportunity to implore the New York media to take a more positive attitude when covering the team. (Cue the eyeroll from those with notebooks and tape recorders who descend upon the Jets’ locker room on a regular basis.)
“One day you have a fight the next day you make up,” Holmes said of his issues with Sanchez, which came to a head in the Jets’ loss to the Dolphins in the regular season finale. “That’s pretty much how things went with our season for the Jets last year and for myself and Sanchez. We just had one day where we just didn’t agree with the way the offense was working for that week. Unfortunately, it was our last game of the season and we needed that game to propel ourselves into the playoffs and hopefully other teams win or lose. But it didn’t work out so it made it look like it was all bad for us.”
Holmes said he worked out his frustrations with Sanchez shortly after the loss that knocked the Jets out of the playoffs.
“As a veteran receiver and a young quarterback, you patch that thing up the next day and that’s what we did,” he said. “The next day when we flew back we patched it up and it was done, but the media insists that it will continue to drag on and drag on for their sake, which has nothing to do with how we feel about each other then and even now.”
Holmes then suggested the media ought to take a different approach in covering the team by reporting more positive stories.
“If you guys want to be, and this is for the New York media, if you guys want to be a part of our team and want to feel so important, be there to support us, not to try to break us down,” he said. “Because [there’s] not one day that we all step in that locker room and we try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that person played because it affects the team the way one person plays if they don’t play to perfection.”
Holmes added, “If the New York media wants to be a part of our team and wants to continue writing about us, write positive things, stay away from the negative because it doesn’t do anything good for our team that you want to report all the negative things that happen and that’s all you want to talk to us players about. We live for one thing and that’s to play football and not to entertain you people in the media.”
And what about Tim Tebow? Holmes reiterated his comments from an NFL Network interview that he looks at Tebow as having a defined role on the team as Sanchez’s backup. Holmes believes Tebow will embrace that role.
“It’s been very interesting to see the style he brings to the team,” Holmes said of Tebow. “But as a football player and a teammate of his, we want to see him succeed by playing his role in helping the team win ball games. We’re not going to ask for Tim Tebow to get out there and run 60 times a game or throw it 25 times. We’re going to ask for Tim Tebow to accept his plays and his role on the team, score touchdowns, make first downs, help our team keep drives alive and win ball games.”