Now I know how Wayne Hunter felt in the huddle that fateful day in Miami: I've got Santonio Holmes coming after me. Well, not me alone, but rather the entire New York media.
Holmes, in an interview this week on an NFL.com podcast, blamed the media for causing the Jets' locker-room unrest last season. The controversial wide receiver also said the media should be positive and support the team. Obviously, he has no clue how this works.
Earth to Planet Tone: We're not cheerleaders, we report the news.
"If you guys want to be -- and this is for the New York media -- if you guys want to be a part of our team and want to feel so important, be there to support us, not to try to break us down,” Holmes said. “Because (there’s) not one day that we all step in that locker room and we try to break each other down, that we talk bad about the way that person played, because it affects the team the way one person plays if they don’t play to perfection.
“So, if the New York media wants to be a part of our team and wants to continue writing about us, write positive things. Stay away from the negative, because it doesn’t do anything good for our team that you want to report all the negative things that happen and that’s all you want to talk to us players about. We live for one thing, and that’s to play football, and not to entertain you people in the media.”
You may recall that Holmes didn't speak to the media at last month's minicamp, refusing several requests. Technically, he violated the league's media policy. A league spokesman said at the time that Holmes wouldn't be fined, but would be reminded of his obligations.
Something tells me this won't be the last brush fire with Holmes this season.