New York Jets: The Other Off-Season Of Santonio Holmes

Regardless of the New York media’s portrayal, Santonio Holmes had an off-season to be proud of

The media that covers the New York Jets has come up with a few consistent narratives heading into the 2012 NFL season. One of them is building up Tim Tebow’s work ethic and viability as a starting quarterback while simultaneously questioning the same attributes in Mark Sanchez. Quarterback controversies sell. The potential of a Darelle Revis holdout is another one, even though the topic was initially broached by reporters not by a comment from Revis or the team. Finally, Santonio Holmes remains the aloof team villain.

Whether it is the Daily News misconstruing quotes from him or anonymous sources or Rich Cimini commenting during last week’s OTAs “Holmes still in Germany, according to team. Long trip. Maybe he’s looking for Berlin Wall.” when Holmes missed a voluntary practice to visit with American troops abroad, he remains the team’s bogeyman. It is laughable when the reporters characterize his answers to their questions as “testy.” Gee, I wonder why? Maybe he sees what is written about him and is exhausted of the constant questioning of him being the sole reason for the team’s struggles last year.

Let’s give a quick review of what we know Santonio Holmes did this off-season –

1. He worked out in Florida with his strength and conditioning coach, during a time of the year that many NFL players are taking a vacation.

2. He spent 2 weeks in Africa with the Pros for Africa organization visiting with and helping impoverished children throughout the continent.

3. He met with quarterback Mark Sanchez for a few days in Florida to smooth over any differences they had last season.

4. He visited ill and injured troops at USO locations in Germany.

5. He organized a bowling event to raise money for Sickle Cell research.

6. He is working with the F.I.N.E.S.S.E. Foundation Football Camp by sponsoring five kids to attend.

All the positive work that Holmes is doing doesn’t fit in the media’s narrative of him, so it doesn’t receive the attention it deserves. Instead he gets a headline on the Daily News saying “Give Me The Damn Ball!” when the quote was pulled from an anonymous source and not from him…then people like Manish Mehta wonder why they get “testy” answers from him in press conferences.

I am not saying Holmes hasn’t made mistakes on and off the field throughout his NFL career, but who hasn’t? I do know he is far from the villain that the media makes him out to be.


Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Sam 1966

    Holmes is not a good teammate and the Jests will implode because they have too many “me first” guys in that lccker room. Sparano’s offense will put you to sleep and unless you get excited about field goals will never score more then 15 points a game (trust me we saw it for 4 years). Instead of blaming the press, blame your terrible GM and Rexy for the team that has been assembled here. Sanchez is NOT a franchise QB and has a fragile ego, how do you think he is going to handle the chants from all those Jest fans for Tebow when he throws his 3rd Int in a game??

  • Joe Caporoso

    You realize you are a Dolphins fan right? Your GM is Jeff Ireland and you haven’t made the playoffs once since Rex/Tannenbaum have been running the team…you also don’t have a quarterback or any wide receivers…so please carry on elsewhere.

  • Mike Donnelly

    The Dolphins have had so much success in recent years, it’s easy to see why their fans have high hopes for this year.. oh wait…

    Enjoy that lethal Garrard to Brian Hartline connection.

  • Chi Bucks

    don’t forget about his giving back to mucktown with the youth football camp he and his cousin fred taylor held in may:

  • Steve

    Great article…I’d love to sit down with Revis, Holmes and co and talk about the Beat writers and their true feelings for them, I bet it’s a hoot….. I couldn’t be a beat writer and act all cozy to these players and then stab them in the back – When they enter the locker room does it sink in to them that they are just a necessary evil and the majority of people in there have zero respect for the shit they pull and probably look at them as panzies?

    ANY one of us ould have done what Manish did in a losing locker room and gotten a few of these players to walk into our leading questioning trap to say things about Sanchez… But, hey he probably got a bonus that week.

    At some point these guys probably had a love for the sport but, IMO todays media climate forces them to chase the story, BE THE STORY instead of simply reporting – See, the simple reports, we all get them naturally now and there is little need for the beat writer to interpret it – They cater IMO, to the next level of sports fan just looking for TMZ, National enquirer excitment…

    I’m absolutley LOVING the explosion of great blogs, writing and IMO more knowledgeable football info being shared today. Exposes a lot of what we read in the papers today…

    If they think the Jets are a circus, the Beat writers are the freaking CLOWNS!

  • Dan

    I love Steve’s comment…couldn’t agree more. And this article is just one more example of why TOJ is now my favorite place to read about the Jets. Cimini and Manish are a joke, Joe C and his boys rock!