Tone: ‘I can’t throw it to myself’

Considering the fact that he posted a lowly 20 percent catch rate last Sunday, Santonio Holmes seemed to be in a bit of a mood when he spoke with reporters yesterday.  Here’s some clips from a Seth Walder NYDN article, rearranged to what we assume as chronological order.

The receiver got snippy when asked what he saw from Smith against the Titans. “What do you mean what did I see from him? I saw that we lost the ballgame,” said Holmes, who has 10 catches this season, but has been thrown to 24 times.

Then he must have said this.

”I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would,” Holmes said of the 38-13 loss to the Titans last Sunday, when he had one catch for 25 yards. “I played 49 plays, and all I know is I had one catch. That’s all I can attest for.

“I just have to do my part, which is the position that I’m playing, which is primary X receiver, and a lot of times I get double-covered, taken out of plays, so the progression and the read from the quarterback have to go elsewhere.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Tone can’t throw it to himself, that is true … but while he says he would do so if he could, if he were the team’s quarterback would he really?

Three things here.

First, while Tone had a great game against the Bills, he beat up on a bunch of backup players. It was a nice showing, but needed to remain in context and oh did we get some context in Tennessee. The Jets played two of the league’s very best corners this year in Alterraun Verner (PFF ranked #1) and Jason McCourty (#10) and what we saw from Santonio should have been expected.

Second, Tone is being matter of fact about his ability to dictate where the ball goes. Because of the excellence in the Titans’ secondary, the Jets tried to work against the interior, which would be exactly why Kellen Winslow had nine targets to Tone’s five. Hell, even we saw that coming. The gameplan dictates where the ball went, but Tone’s play wasn’t exactly infusing confidence into his quarterback to throw the ball to him. Conversely, if the Jets really wanted and needed to get Tone the ball, the would have run more motions, rub plays, or lined up Tone inside more to get him in more favorable situations to get the ball.

Third, while Tone might be giving a matter of fact response, he has to know the reaction he was going to get from the audience he was in front of for saying it in the way he did.

Bottom line, Tone can call out whomever he likes, but he is the only one to blame. Tone can be useful at beating up on bad teams, but don’t expect him to be posting ungodly numbers against Leon Hall in Week 8.