If Santonio Holmes is back next season, he won't be sporting a captain's 'C.'
Technically, nobody will.
"To be honest with you, this is something that I think I made a huge mistake in," Rex Ryan said. "Not just by naming Santonio a captain, but all of the captain things. It's not something I truly believe in, that's something I mentioned to you at the beginning of the year. But I put that thing on there, and this is not a reflection of anybody in particular, but we are not going to have those anymore."
"The way we built our team is we built a team. And I think that pulls away from the team a little bit. It may work for other franchises, but it doesn't work for me. And there's several things, when I look back on it, why we are not successful. ... I think that recognizes individuals and not the team, and I think that's something I'm not a believer in. I was uncomfortable when I made that decision and obviously I look at it now as it was a mistake."
But it doesn't sound like the Jets think re-signing Holmes to a four-year, $45-million deal was a mistake. Holmes was pulled late in the fourth quarter of yesterday's 19-17 loss to the Dophins because teammates thought he was sulking and had quit on the team.
Asked if they plan on bringing Holmes back, Ryan said: "He's under contract."
Still, Ryan admitted some things will have to change with Holmes, though he declined to elaborate.
"There's a lot of positive things about Santonio," Ryan said. "Are there some things that we need to get corrected? Absolutely. And it's not just with him, but others as well. I'm the first one that looks at we have to change some things and we will change. Those are things we will look at in the off?eason, and we will find a way to get this done but I believe Santonio will be back next year."
Next year, Ryan will also probably need to have more of a hands-on approach in some regards because Ryan said he didn't have a good pulse on the team this year as he did in his previous two seasons. The latest example came yesterday during Holmes' fourth-quarter benching.
"When you look at the specifics of what went on yesterday, here we are trying ?? we have a turnover, we are making calls on defense, making timeouts, and all that," Ryan said. "So it was a three?play possession, and then a field goal. Then as the drive was going on, I'm like, 'Where is Santonio.' By then, I'm sure even if somebody had told me or was trying to get my attention on what took place or whatever, I might not even have heard it.
"My mind was somewhere else. My mind was we have to get this thing a time?out, so give our offense a chance to get on the field and do something. It wasn't until later in the drive that I realized he wasn't out there. And you know, I thought to be honest with you, that Santonio pulled himself and that's why I wanted to gain all of the facts. I never commented directly after the game and I was very honest in what I told you then, after hearing the facts, and seeing what happened, what took place.
"I thought that Brian did the right thing. You can't have that, that kind of situation happened. I certainly understand that you have got to correct it, and I think we did."
One thing the Jets didn't do? Build that necessary team camaraderie.
"My job is to build a team. And for whatever reason, I don't think we were as close as a football team as we were the first two years and now we are sitting on the outside looking in. We are watching other teams in playoff games that we think we should be in. And I think that's painful, beyond belief, that's painful. I just don't think we were as close of a football team as what we have been in the past.
"Every team has got talent," he added. "Every team does. A lot of times what separates from winning and losing is a team that truly believes in each other, that cares about each other. I have always been around that type of team, that's what I want to build here, and we are going to have 53 people that believe that way."