Florham Park, N.J.– The man affectionately known as ‘Tone’ knows he had a terrible game last week in Philadelphia. Santonio Holmes’ history of clutch catches and late game heroics has spawned the phrase ‘Tone Time,’ but last week ‘Tone Time’ turned into a nightmare as his fumble and dropped pass that created an interception led directly to 14 points for the Eagles and put the Jets in a impossible position to come back from.
This is not what has been expected of Holmes and as disappointed as Jet fans were by his play last week, no one is more disappointed in the receiver than he is. But his coach and his teammates still have all the faith in the world in him and this week he is hoping to reward their faith by having a classic rebound performance that could vault the Jets into the playoffs. Holmes has a way with the media, though not a way the media likes as he knows what the reporters want him to say he just refuses to bite. So he won’t just come out and say it, but the focus with which he speaks, carefully maneuvering his way through questions as he would dodge defenders after catching a short slant route, speaks volumes about where his mind state is currently at.
“Right now this is a must win game for us to stay alive in the playoffs. We have to go out and contribute as much as we can to make sure that is possible for us to be where we want to be at after Saturday’s game.” Holmes said, “We have to play our game, we have to be on point. I think we’ve had a great week of practice thus far, the extra day definitely will help once this game is over for the following week, but right now we’re focused on just taking care of these guys on Saturday.
“Just knowing that one game counts, right now and that’s the one on Saturday. We have to take care of these guys, we can’t worry about anything that’s happened thus far, throughout the whole season (or) anything that’s going to happen after this week, we’re about talking care of these guys come Saturday.”
If the Jets offensive line can protect Sanchez enough to give him time, the Jets know they can find success through the air against a suspect Giants secondary. The strength of the Giants defensive is all up front on the line, the linebackers, corners and safeties have been repeatedly torched all season whenever the pass rush doesn’t work immediately and this is something Holmes and his teammates will look to take advantage of.
“They’ve given up big plays, they’re poor tackling guys (and) we know plays can be made over their head.” Holmes said, “We just have to be willing to take advantage of them.”
After Holmes’ mistakes that lead to the loss last week and his 15-yard excessive celebrating penalty Holmes was placed directly under the microscope of criticism, but immediately following the game and the next day Rex Ryan insisted he had Holmes’ back and wouldn’t waiver off his support for the dynamic receiver. Today it was Holmes’ turn to have his coaches back as he was asked about Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s thinly veiled shot at Ryan by saying, “talk is cheap, play the game.”
“I’m going to ride with my coach all day, whatever he talks about — we’re going to be there to back him up,” Holmes said, “I’m pretty sure we’re going to have our coaches back 100 percent.”
Ryan has Holmes’ back and Holmes has Ryan’s, but the coach isn’t the only one counting on a rebound performance from Holmes, his good friend Plaxico Burress damn near guaranteed it and if this prediction is anywhere near as correct as Burress’ prediction that the Giants could hold the Patriots 18-0 offense to just 17 points in the Super Bowl then Jets fans will have themselves a very merry Christmas indeed.
“He’ll be the best player on the field this week. That’s the kind of player he is and that’s what I expect from him and that’s what he expects from himself. He’s going to come out and I’m looking for him to play his best football game.” Burress said, “I know him personally and I know what kind of competitor he is.”
Jets invite fans to participate in “GREEN IT” Movement on Saturday.
The Jets want to invite fans to help celebrate this hometown showdown by joining the Green It Movement! The players will be donning green jerseys so you should, too. Pledge to wear green whether your home on the couch or at the game. Go to the microsite, www.newyorkjets.com/greenit, to pledge via Facebook and Twitter. Once you’ve pledged, tweet it out to your followers and send it to your Facebook friends. If you’re headed to the stadium on gameday, enjoy the following:
■ Pick up a Green It rally towel on your way into the stadium courtesy of Advanced Radiation Centers, Melrose Credit Union and Waste Management.
■ Be in your seats early for a special Green It rally starting at 12:45 p.m.
■ Help get the players pumped up by taking part in one of the loudest J-E-T-S chants ever led by Fireman Ed on the field — the players want to hear the stadium rockin’ from the locker room before they take the field.
■ Check out a new video montage on the four videoboards for a look back at all the great moments that got us to 6-1 at home.
■ And you won’t want to miss player intros, which will feature fireworks and the Jets’ starting D.
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