The Jets’ chemistry experiment blew up on Rex Ryan. Holmes, on his best behavior in his first year with the Jets in 2010 as he played for a new contract, became toxic in the locker room after Mike Tannenbaum gave him a five-year. $45 million contract following the lockout and Ryan incredibly appointed this All-Pro distraction a team captain.
“I don’t see how he can come back,” one respected Jets veteran said.
Is that the majority opinion in the locker room?
“Yes,” the veteran said.
Holmes’ antics have been going on all year but exploded in Miami when he pouted during the game, ignored Sanchez in the huddle and infuriated his teammates.
“Go home. Go to the sidelines,” one player yelled at him.
Holmes and the player began screaming at each other in the huddle. On the next series, tackle Wayne Hunter and Holmes got into it in the huddle. Soon after, Holmes was benched by Schottenheimer. Holmes then sulked on the bench. He alienated so many players in the locker room that the Jets have to get rid of him.
“He’s a cancer. It’s like dealing with a 10-year-old,” a Jets source said Monday.
One Jets source described how Holmes undermined Sanchez last week. The struggling quarterback called a meeting Wednesday with his wide receivers. Holmes showed up but gave Sanchez a hard time.
“He went back and forth with Mark at the meeting,” the source said. “He was saying stuff like, “What am I even here for?’”
Sanchez called another meeting for Thursday. Holmes disrespected his quarterback. “He blew off Mark by not even showing up,” the source said.