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    Holmes: Tebow deal initially floored Sanchez

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/stor...d-mark-sanchez


    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- From all indications, Mark Sanchez has embraced Tim Tebow as a teammate, saying all the right things about the New York Jets' unusual quarterback dynamic. But Sanchez was initially floored by the Tebow trade, Santonio Holmes revealed Wednesday.

    "I think since Day 1 it was a focus that kind of rattled him a little," the veteran wide receiver said. "I use that word only to say that, 'Wow, how did this happen?' Those were words that came out of his mouth."

    Holmes said Sanchez shared that sentiment in a conversation they had in late March, the day the Jets stunned the league by acquiring Tebow. That Sanchez confided in Holmes is ironic, considering they barely spoke to each over the final 12 weeks last season -- a strained relationship that has been repaired, according to both players.

    How Sanchez reacts to Holmes' disclosure remains to be seen. Sanchez wasn't available for comment; he addressed the media about an hour earlier. Since the trade, he has guarded his personal feelings, sticking mostly to the best-for-the-team company line.

    Actually, Holmes made the comment in the context of a compliment, praising Sanchez for the way he has handled Tebow-Mania. Perhaps the most stunning aspect of the story is that Holmes, of all people, gave Sanchez a pep talk on that fateful day.

    "I basically said to him, 'This is (your) team, you're the starting quarterback, Tebow is here to help us win games,'" said Holmes, claiming he was repeating what Rex Ryan had told him about the trade.

    "Those were the exact words I gave to Mark, to give him a sense of security ..."

    The Jets never cease to produce soap-opera storylines. Four days before the season opener against the Buffalo Bills, the Sanchez-Tebow drama and the Sanchez-Holmes saga were raging.

    "I'm going to ride with him until the end," said Holmes, claiming he and Sanchez are cool.

    Sanchez is under tremendous pressure as he prepares for his fourth season as the Jets' starter. On Wednesday, he talked about demanding accountability from his offensive teammates, an indication he has grown as a leader, but the Tebow factor keeps coming back at him.

    A week ago, owner Woody Johnson said on national TV, "I think you can never have too much Tebow" -- a comment that could be perceived as a slight toward Sanchez.

    "He's selling seats," Sanchez said sarcastically, smiling. "Tim obviously helps us, he really does. He can run, he can throw, he can do it all. So, hopefully, we'll give teams their fair share of Tebow and see what they can do."

    Asked if he read anything into Johnson's comment, Sanchez said, "No, he's excited about him."

    Ryan has said Tebow could play as many as 20 snaps in the Wildcat, depending on the flow of the game and the opponent. Otherwise, the Jets have been tight-lipped about their Wildcat plans. They didn't show it in the preseason, but they used it for several plays Wednesday in a closed practice, according to sources.

    There probably will be times when Sanchez and Tebow are on the field together, and there probably will be times when Sanchez leaves the game for the Wildcat. Tebow said he has no idea how much it'll be used this week.

    "I think it will be a coach Ryan, coach (Tony) Sparano feel thing," he said.

    Sanchez said he has "to play the cards that I'm dealt." He and Holmes were a losing pair last season. In fact, Sanchez connected on only 50.5 percent of his attempts to Holmes, the lowest quarterback-receiver mark in the league, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

    Their relationship was so strained that it took several private meetings and conversations to patch things up. Since then, Holmes has raved about Sanchez's maturity.

    "He's more focused this season," Holmes said. "He's excited in replacing himself from what he did last year."

    Ryan, too, went heavy with praise, saying Sanchez has improved his game in all areas.

    "As a rookie, he was looked at as a weakness on our football team," the coach said, referring to 2009. "I said, 'There's going to be a day when he's looked at as a strength, and not a weakness.' I think that day is right now."

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    is santonio literally brain dead?

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    sometimes you have to laugh bc you can't make it up anymore. For better or worse, the Rex Ryan era (error....to be determined) will be marked by high times, low moments, brain dead moments, thrills and punishing defeats. CANT WAIT!

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    When you take out the sensationalistic language "floored" etc. and the massive editorializing to spin this as a major disclosure, it's actual a rather simple, tame and perfectly predictable comment. I will say that all of the Jets, including Ryan, need to understand that the media is not their friend and will exploit them to the maximum to create a story, sometimes out of almost nothing. Better to walk softly and carry a big stick.

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    It doesn't surprise me that he was floored. I mean as far as he was concerned, he thought they were bringing in Tebow as a potential replacement for him. Tim Tebow? The guy who is a horrible pocket passing QB?

    Either way, eventually he had to be saying to Holmes and others, I'm a better QB on my worst day than Tebow is on his best. That's starts a confidence building process.

    Sanchez needs confidence. He needs to take the bull by the horns and never let go. He knows his performance must improve. He knows he needs to be more accurate. He knows he needs to build chemistry with Holmes. He knows he needs to cut down on his turnovers.

    I am really rooting for Sanchez. He's said and done all the right things so far. But the biggest hurdle is yet to come. Now, he can let his play do the talking.

    And although Tim Tebow COULD be a very real possibility of replacing him, he should rest assured knowing that the entire team has his back and that HE controls how this whole thing plays out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by long island leprechaun View Post
    I will say that all of the Jets, including Ryan, need to understand that the media is not their friend and will exploit them to the maximum to create a story, sometimes out of almost nothing. Better to walk softly and carry a big stick.

    Well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by long island leprechaun View Post
    When you take out the sensationalistic language "floored" etc. and the massive editorializing to spin this as a major disclosure, it's actual a rather simple, tame and perfectly predictable comment. I will say that all of the Jets, including Ryan, need to understand that the media is not their friend and will exploit them to the maximum to create a story, sometimes out of almost nothing. Better to walk softly and carry a big stick.
    +1

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    Holmes will turn on Sanchez in a heart beat

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    Quote Originally Posted by JetsMakeMeCry View Post
    is santonio literally brain dead?
    I think he is trying to dilute his incident from last year by saying stupid things over and over again.

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    This guy is becoming one of the worst Jets in recent memory. He is just too dumb/selfish/unaware... what a jerk.

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    This guy is a cancer and as dumb a wood.

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    SANTONIO ****ING HOLMES NEEDS TO SHUT THE **** UP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby2 View Post
    This guy is becoming one of the worst Jets in recent memory. He is just too dumb/selfish/unaware... what a jerk.
    +1

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    This guy is like watching a slow car crash...on repeat...again and again and again and again and again....and...

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    Some of you do realize that the media only makes money for it's sponsors if it sensationalizes stories and everybody loves to hate a "bad guy." How guillable can some of you be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limolady View Post
    Some of you do realize that the media only makes money for it's sponsors if it sensationalizes stories and everybody loves to hate a "bad guy." How guillable can some of you be?
    Was the media involved in the trade that sent the 1st round pick and Super Bowl MVP to the Jets for a reeses peanut butter cup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limolady View Post
    Some of you do realize that the media only makes money for it's sponsors if it sensationalizes stories and everybody loves to hate a "bad guy." How guillable can some of you be?
    Gullible enough to think this dumb ****ing mother ****ing tool will finally shut his ****ing mouth for once and for all. The mother ****er is dumb as ****ing ****. SHUT UP SANTONIO YOU DUMB ****
    Last edited by SouthTown; 09-05-2012 at 11:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limolady View Post
    Some of you do realize that the media only makes money for it's sponsors if it sensationalizes stories and everybody loves to hate a "bad guy." How guillable can some of you be?
    Your the one conned by the pos over paid scrub wr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthTown View Post
    Gullible enough to think this dumb ****ing uneducated brickhead mother ****ing retard will finally shut his ****ing mouth for once and for all. The mother ****er is dumb as ****ing ****. SHUT UP SANTONIO YOU DUMB ****
    That's racist.

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