Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/6/12

Santonio is very pleased about his helping hand. Mark…yeah, not as much.

The New York Jets have been a media circus since Rex Ryan got hired as their head coach, but the spotlight has been intensified by a thousand since New York traded for Tim Tebow. How would Mark Sanchez, who has been called coddled by his teammates, react to having a super-popular miracle worker as his backup? The team had to give him a rich extension just for thinking about talking to Peyton Manning to help repair Mark’s hurt feelings, so bringing in someone for Jets fans to call for in place of Sanchez couldn’t possibly go over well.

Surprisingly, though, Sanchez has been fairly composed through this offseason. He’s seemed to ratchet up his workouts and preparation and has publicly embraced Tebow as a member of the team (to the utter joy of Jets slashfic enthusiasts). Turns out though, that’s been something he had to work on, which we now know thanks to world’s worst teammate/confidant Santonio Holmes.


From ESPN.com:

“I think since Day 1, it was a focus that kind of rattled him a little,” the veteran wide receiver said. “I use that word only to say that, ‘Wow, how did this happen?’ Those were words that came out of his mouth.”

“I basically said to him, ‘This is (your) team. You’re the starting quarterback. Tebow is here to help us win games,’” said Holmes, claiming he was repeating what coach Rex Ryan had told him about the trade.

“Those were the exact words I gave to Mark, to give him a sense of security …”

“Which I needed to give him because he had fallen to pieces. SEE WHAT A GOOD TEAMMATE I AM??”

This is just the latest in a string of incidents that has painted Holmes as a bad guy to have in your locker room. Last season was highlighted with the wide receiver openly questioning his coaches, the play calling, and the offensive line before outright quitting on the team while they floundered in Miami to finish the season. He was one (of several) to question Mark Sanchez’s ability, desire, and toughness following last season’s collapse.

Which begs the question: WHY WOULD MARK SANCHEZ TURN TO SANTONIO HOLMES IN HIS TIME OF NEED? It’s completely understandable for Mark to be upset watching his team go out and trade for a guy that the merciless New York fans would start clamoring for at the first sign of trouble. He’s a sensitive guy, we get it. But to turn to the guy who spent most of last season throwing you under the bus? The biggest locker room cancer in a locker room filled with terrible teammates? Joe McKnight couldn’t pick up his phone for him when he called? Help a fellow Man of Troy out, Joe!

In short, I’m not really buying Santonio’s story. I don’t believe that the embattled quarterback turned to the guy who spent most of last season throwing him under the bus. I DO believe, though, that Santonio came up with this story to try and make himself sound like a better teammate, helping out a guy who was struggling with his confidence, but simply made himself look worse by sharing a personal moment that should have stayed personal and making his quarterback look weaker in the process.

Oh, Jets. Don’t ever change.

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