“You have to allow one quarterback to get into the rhythm of the game,” said Holmes, 28, who after numerous brushes with the law was traded to the Jets from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. “It starts from the preparation in practice, knowing the first couple of plays that he’s going to take these reps. It’s getting a feel for coming onto the field with the crowd awaiting you. It’s the making the mistakes early in the game to finishing the game at the end.”
The retired teenage drug dealer from Florida, inexplicably named a team captain by solid Jets head coach Rex Ryan in 2011, continued his unneeded rant.
“You don’t just change a guy out because he has a few mistakes early in a game,” said Holmes, a slightly above-average wideout who earned Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors with the Steelers three years ago. “I think coming into this season we have a lot to expect from [Mark] Sanchez.”
The past Ohio State University Buckeye, the recipient of a mere 51 passes for 654 yards last year, initiated a feud with Sanchez that critically diseased Gang Green and caused their disheartening 8-8 finish last autumn.
Critics will inevitably claim Holmes, who has caught 338 balls for 34 scores since debuting as a professional in 2006, struggled to amass quality statistics because the Mexican-American from Long Beach (CA) is a porous signal-caller without an arm.
Granted, Sanchez must progress in the pocket and show more than sporadic flashes of brilliance.
Despite being roundly maligned, in a somewhat shocking move this past March, the Jets inked the 25-year-old Sanchez, who head coach Rex Ryan handpicked with the fifth overall selection in 2009 out of the University of Southern California (USC), to a three-year extension for $40.5 million through the 2016 season.
Two weeks later, Gang Green acquired Tebow and a seventh-round pick from the Denver Broncos for a fourth and sixth-round selection in this April’s draft.
Tebow, 24, the Broncos choice out of the University of Florida with the 25th overall pick in the 2010 draft, became expendable in the spring when former Indianapolis Colts icon Peyton Manning signed a five-year contract worth $96 million to perform in “The Mile-High City.”
Dismissing the fact he throws like a glorified version of Corky Thatcher, the winner of the 2007 Heisman Trophy led Denver to a 7-4 record under center and propelled the team to a stunning 29-23 victory in overtime against the Steelers in the playoffs.
Tebow, a southpaw who completed a paltry 46.5 percent of his 271 pass attempts in 2011, is a polarizing presence whose overwhelming godliness, and lack of conventional abilities, has chapped the ass of fans nationwide.
Conversely, Sanchez, who has tossed 55 touchdowns, in contrast to 51 interceptions, for 9,209 yards in 47 games, is maddeningly inconsistent.
Sanchez played a pivotal role in guiding the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in the 2009 and 2010 seasons and the third-year passer is seemingly capable of guiding Gang Green to their first title since 1969.
Nevertheless, Kate Upton’s rumored banging companion, the winner of the 2009 Rose Bowl MVP award as a Trojan, has long been perceived as coddled and competition in the form of Tebow will prove to be healthy.
Ideally for the Jets, Sanchez, who has completed a substandard 55.3% of his 1,414 attempts, will hone his quarterbacking talents and Tebow will be effectively utilized in the wildcat formation installed by new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Players almost always decide the outcome of games and it’s the responsibility of Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow to develop into productive NFL passers.
However, for a change, much of the Jets success will be determined on the sidelines.
Ultimately, Tony Sparano, his temperament, clipboard and schemes, will be the person who makes the Jets soar or crash this autumn in East Rutherford.
Regardless, to even have an opportunity at enjoying a smooth flight, would it be “a lot to expect” for Santonio Holmes to seal his lips with a permanent adhesive for the betterment of the organization that financially supports him?