Trouble in the land of Gang Green (or is it gangrene?):
MIAMI – First came a squabble in the huddle. Then, Santonio Holmes found himself on the bench.
The New York Jets’ receiver and captain was yanked as his team tried to rally in the fourth quarter Sunday and avoid elimination from the playoff race. To compound the soap opera, coach Rex Ryan said he thought Holmes took himself out of the game.
The Jets lost 19-17 to the Miami Dolphins. Following a spat with teammates, Holmes was replaced by Patrick Turner.
“It was a coach’s call,” Holmes said. “Patrick came in and tapped me on the shoulder and told me to come out.”
The decision may have come from offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, aware that Holmes had argued with teammates. Running back LaDainian Tomlinson said they were unhappy about Holmes’ effort, demeanor, and body language.
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Oh, and the “good” news for the Jets, Holmes signed a contract with $24 million in guaranteed money.