Those who watch football in any capacity usually agree on one thing. There are wide receivers that provide a “diva” like distraction for their locker room. Throughout the years, players like Terrell Owens and Keyshawn Johnson created issues by focusing concern on statistics before achieving team success.
The New York Jets definitely appear to have one of these individuals on board. Santonio Holmes, according to several media outlets recently said “I can’t throw the ball to myself.”
Holmes has registered 10 receptions through four games along with one touchdown. He will most likely be absent in New York’s next contest on Monday night against host Atlanta Falcons. He continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Regardless, Holmes felt it necessary to voice his opinion. Doing so greatly hurts his teammates.
Chemistry is vital when it comes to team success as quarterbacks must trust their surrounding cast. Making statements like this hurts others, especially when a rookie starts at quarterback. Geno Smith brings many positives for this fan base. His mobility and arm strength provide an upgrade over Mark Sanchez.
Perhaps more importantly, he provides an attitude that he will not be rattled. This kind of thick skin is vital in New York’s huge media market. Holmes he represents an exciting receiving option. There has been some history of trouble, which is why the Jets got him for just a 2010 fifth-round pick. A drug-related suspension limited him to 12 games that season.
Once again, I believe that Smith can handle this controversy. However, players should stand with each other. It’s one thing for Holmes to try to lighting a spark, but it’s quite another when that comes from being a poison.