Florham Park, N.J.– First Darrelle Revis, now Santonio Holmes.
Today the Jets officially announced that Holmes will miss the remainder of the season with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. Holmes will require surgery, rest and plenty of rehab, but Rex Ryan said he expects Holmes to be ready for the start of the 2013 season. That of course does nothing to help the 2012 Jets, with the offense already faltering the loss of Holmes severely cripples the Jets chances of regrouping and making a playoff push.
Yes the Jets are 2-2 and currently tied for the division lead, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone not cloaked in Jets garb to say the Jets are anywhere near as good as the Patriots. Sure the Patriots have struggled in a couple of games, but nothing like the Jets. The ineptitude of the Jets over the past three games has been overwhelming. You can’t win many football games playing like the Jets have this season, excluding the Bills game, and with the Jets having to continue without both their best defensive and offensive players it’s certainly going to be harder to right this ship. Not impossible, but most definitely more difficult.
“Obviously that’s a big loss for us. Santonio’s one of the top receivers in the game and it is a big loss, but with that comes opportunity for other guys to step up and I believe as a football team, especially after this performance last week, obviously disappointing, we disappointed ourselves, disappointed our fans, but I think our guys are going to step up.” Ryan said, “I think you’ll see improvement in our football team, despite the loss of Santonio. Obviously it’s something that we wish didn’t happen to one of your best players, but that’s unfortunately part of the business.”
While most people have already written the Jets off, including many of their fans, Ryan still believes in this team and he’s relying on past history for the basis of his confidence. Ryan has seen these players show great resolve battling through rough patches in season before and he believes they can do it again.
“We do have to rally around each other for sure. Very similar situation that happened to us in 2009, obviously this is a different team right now but in 2009 when we lost, I believe back to back, Kris Jenkins and Leon Washington.” Ryan said, “So it does check the resolve of your team, but I think that’s one of our strengths and again it’s unfortunate but that’s what happens.”
With all due respect to Rex Ryan, Kris Jenkins and Leon Washington are not Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes, not to mention this 2012 team is just not as good as the 2009 team was across the board. The 2009 team was able to overcome those injuries because they had one of the best offensive lines in football and this 2012 offensive line just isn’t any good. In 2009 the Jets were able to run the ball against whoever they wanted, in 2012 they can’t run the ball against anybody. You know what else that 2009 team had that helped them overcome the injuries to Jenkins and Washington? Adequate backups (Thomas Jones and then rookie Shonn Greene at RB and Sione Po’uha at DT) to fill the roles and they still had Darrelle Revis who just happened to have one of the best years ever for a cornerback.
With Holmes going on IR the Jets signed receiver Jason Hill. Hill gives the Jets some speed, which they desperately need, but he has struggled to make a place for himself in this league with this being his sixth season. Hill was drafted with the 76th (third round) pick in the 2007 draft by the San Francisco 49ers, playing there for four years before spending two season in Jacksonville. You may remember his name from when he called out Revis last year and then didn’t even suit up to play in the game and if that’s what he’s most known for well, that doesn’t speak very highly of his talent level.
Through six seasons Hill has played in 50 games, totaling 76 receptions for 1,028 yards for a nice yards per catch average of 13.5, but a lowly 20.6 yards per game. Last year Hill played in only 10 games and in an offense as anemic as this currents Jets offense and had 25 receptions for 367 yards. This signing isn’t to replace Holmes, there’s no one available that could, it’s just a move to try and improve this banged up receiving core with a younger and faster receiver than someone like Plaxico Burress, according to Ryan.
Jordan White was recently re-signed to the practice squad and will most likely work his way onto the active roster within the next couple of weeks. At this point, even as the Jets continue to keep their sights set on overcoming these injuries (Ryan said the injuries will not lower his own expectations for this team), it would behoove them to get the rookies and second year players more reps to see if they are any good because even if this team were to make a miraculous rebound this season it’s still painfully obvious that this roster will need a major overhaul going into next season.
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