Is word finally getting around that Santonio Holmes is in fact doing his best to turn over a new leaf despite some odd comments in recent months to the press? For anyone who has been to practice, it’s evident that Santonio is working hard to help the younger players learn the offense.
According to the Daily News, it’s something that Tony Sparano singularly challenged Holmes with when the new OC came aboard. So far Holmes has responded favorably on the field and in the meeting room to challenge and teach the younger receivers.
Sanchez also shed some light on his relationship with Holmes in the article, explaining their
Mark Sanchez knows how much Holmes wants to help out this season after their relationship went through rough patches in 2011.
“We both were like, ‘We’ve just got to get back to where we were,’” Sanchez said. “That first year he came in and lit up the place and it was awesome. So how did we get there? I know we were doing extra routes. We were watching extra film. There was a lot of work that went into it. It looks great on Sundays, but it doesn’t just happen. You can’t just wake up in a hotel and think, ‘All right, let’s go play well.’ I think we started to get into that last year. We weren’t as close as we should have been. We know we can fix it.”
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.com
I know that I was one of the biggest detractors of Tone this offseason and after the way things ended, it was hard to not be. At the same time during our short trip to Cortland, one of the biggest things we noticed about Santonio Holmes was that he was everywhere with the younger receivers, talking with them, showing them proper technique, proper routes. Holmes was doing a lot to help out the guys who were new to the team or were trying to pick up the offense and get acclimated to it more quickly. The Australian Tight End Hayden Smith who might be a squadder for the Jets this season said Holmes even was giving him advice on how to run his routes more purposefully. That said a lot to me about what he was about.
The point that we made at the start of camp was that it was an indication that for whatever his reasons, Santonio was looking to move forward and he seems to be making a real effort to do so by helping out the guys in his own meeting rooms first. This is a story that was evident right from the beginning of camp, so it’s good to see guys like Kristian Dyer and now Manish Mehta start to pick it up. We’re glad that the beat is starting to write about what Santonio’s been up to.
Did Tone say some loopy things last month to the press? Absolutely, but actions speak louder than words and he’s definitely following orders from his coaches and seems to have a better understanding of how to help the team than he did last year.