Perhaps no one on the Jets knows Santonio Holmes better than Nick Mangold.
The two were teammates at Ohio State and both came into the NFL at the same time, getting drafted four spots apart in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. So Mangold is aware of of the type of character that Holmes is, and maybe that's why he didn't seem overly bothered by Holmes' latest criticisms of the offensive line, which some believe could start splitting the locker room with the Jets mired in this three-game losing streak.
"Santonio is a very competitive player," Mangold said after practice, standing in front of his locker. "He’s a great guy, a good teammate and a lot of times that competitiveness, that drive to do well and do great, it happens. It’s just one of those things, you move on and don’t worry about it too much."
Yesterday, just as he did following the Jets' brutal loss in Baltimore, Holmes said part of the Jets struggles on offense revolve around the offensive line not doing a good job of giving Mark Sanchez enough time to throw the ball.
"I may be criticized again for saying it, but I think it starts up front," Holmes said yesterday. "The big guys know it. They give Mark enough time to sit in the pocket and complete passes, I think everything changes. The routes that are being run are short routes -- 'Hey, let's get the ball out of Mark's hands quick. Let's move the ball down the field and let's go from there.'
But if you can't protect the quarterback for four or five seconds, then there's no point in dropping back seven yards to throw when he doesn't have enough time. So we pretty much have to roll with the way our offense is rolling right now."
Asked if it he took Holmes' comments personally, Mangold said: "I take nothing personally. That’d be a quick way to blow your mind, you start taking things personally. I’ve been called a lot worse."