New York Jets Headline Watch – Santonio Holmes And Two Quarterbacks

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Shockingly enough the New York media and the mainstream media will occasionally twist headlines to generate some type of controversy. We will use this series of columns to review what was actually said and whether there is any reason to be up in arms about it. Today’s topic is Santonio Holmes interview on the NFL Network last night -

Here are the headlines that have been generated from that video clip -

This is what Holmes had to say about two quarterback systems in the NFL -

No. I don’t think so because you have to allow one quarterback to get into the rhythm of the game. 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 games at the end. You don’t just change a guy out just because he has a few mistakes early in a game. So I think coming into this season that we have a lot to expect from Sanchez.”

This is what he had to say about Mark Sanchez -

“Sanchez has done everything that he can do to keep his starting spot, and I’m thinking that he’s going to be our guy this season. I’m not saying that with any bit of less confidence than the way I feel about him coming into the season. He’s going to be our guy that we depended on for the past couple of years, and he’s going to get the job done this year.”

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So where are the headlines about Santonio Holmes supporting his starting quarterback Mark Sanchez? There shouldn’t be a headline about Holmes making a common sense statement about two quarterback systems not working…they don’t work, they never have worked and they never will work. Holmes is absolutely right in that the Jets shouldn’t pull Sanchez if he has a few early mistakes in the game and gave a strong endorsement of him, which is exactly what you want to hear from your top receiver.

This was a positive interview but positive doesn’t fit the narrative the media has created for Holmes so it is spun into a negative. It is spun into a negative so Tweets like this can be fired out -

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  • Jake

    I swear as a Jet fan it’s never been easy following the football media (I don’t even watch pre-game shows anymore), but it just seems to have gotten tougher and tougher.

    What’s bothersome is that some teams the media plays softball on (i.e. nobody making a big deal when the Giants admitted to headhunting the 49ers kick returner), and other teams (like us) always get the negative press and headlines (regardless of the record).

  • Dan

    Couldn’t agree more. Nice job of analyzing this specific instance of media misframing the story to stir up sh!+ about our Jets. I hate the mainstream media, esp. Cimini, for doing that crap. Thats why I come here for candid analysis that is thoughtful and fair. Great Job Joe, and company.

  • Mark Phelan

    Holmes came across as an intelligent human being when I heard the interview rebroadcast on the Kay show yesterday.

    I am reassessing my opinion of him.

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