Originally Posted by BamaJets
Holmes really can be one of the best route runners out there, but it seems as if he only goes 100% when he knows he is the #1 option on the play. on those play-action passes ... he absolutely abuses DBs. the other times, though, half assn. that's doesn't work in the NFL.
feed Holmes the ball (assuming he holds onto it) and he is happy. when he is happy, he plays hard. not the way it should be, but that's the way it is.
And Hill needs to step up and start beating some coverage so things open up for Holmes.
Very well said. I've watched the Panthers closely for years and this is exactly what Steve Smith was like before he matured. When he was in the game, no one DB could cover him. And he kept the chains moving. But if passes weren't coming his way, you'd see his attitude boiling up, and then when the QB finally did throw a pass his way, he'd fail to come down with it.
Like you said - right or wrong, it is what it is. Get Holmes the ball on some quick screens, slants, whatever it takes, and then when you fire the 20-yard in or the 15-yard out, Holmes comes down with it. He's a rhythm player.
If the Jets don't like it, well, that's why you don't give $50 mil to a player like that.