The Jets Will Miss Holmes
The New York Jets placed wide receiver Santonio Holmes on the physically unable to perform list on July 24. The Jets will miss Holmes a lot this upcoming season.
Holmes has had a successful career, for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jets. His experience would have been very vital for a team that is attempting to recover from a disastrous season.
He was one of the top wide receivers for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger from 2006 to 2009. This included a Super Bowl victory in 2008 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Holmes was the Super Bowl MVP. The Jets really need to get back to the Super Bowl. Their last appearance was in 1969, and Holmes could help either starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith, reach the promise land.
The Jets will also miss Holmes because he has been a valuable deep threat.
From 2010 to 2011, Holmes caught 14 touchdowns. In addition, he averaged more than 12.8 yards per reception in both seasons.
Holmes has allowed Sanchez to throw deep passes down the field to Holmes. However, last season Holmes only played four games for the Jets.
Without Holmes, the team’s wide receiver corps is weak for the upcoming season. The Jets have one other wide receiver who has appeared in the Pro Bowl, Braylon Edwards.
Edwards had an amazing season in 2007, when he made the Pro Bowl, where he caught 80 passes for 1289 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Since then, Edwards has not reached 1,000 reception yards or seven touchdowns.
It will be tough for Sanchez or Smith to succeed when they have two unreliable wide receivers, Edwards and Stephen Hill, trying to catch deep passes.
It is very likely that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will rely on short passes this upcoming season. Mornhinweg was the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 when Michael Vick had his best NFL season.
Vick ended that season with more than 3,000 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions in 12 games. Mornhinweg will have to come up with a brilliant offensive system, so the media will stop criticizing head coach Rex Ryan.