After two great victories against two divisional rivalries, the Jets head to Buffalo for a game they should and must win. With the schedule as it is this season, this is as much a “must win” as any other game. As mentioned in many other posts, the Jets should win if they stop Spiller, run the ball, etc.
Looking past the Bills (which is something I’m praying the Jets DON’T do) and to the future is something that we’ve all been doing. We all realize the potential here for greatness, a divisional title, and if everything aligns, a Super Bowl run. But a post from Crackback got me thinking about Week 5. What will happen when Santonio Holmes is on the active roster?
We can probably all agree that superior talent makes a team better. We can also agree that having Pace, Revis, and Holmes back makes the starters better, the back-ups better, and creates more overall team depth. I have zero apprehension when it comes to the defensive side of the equation. But with Holmes, I feel as if we might have some concerns, or at least can play “Devil’s Advocate” for conversation’s sake. Here are a few things to consider:
1. “The Diva Effect”- Santonio Holmes is greater than Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards. That point shouldn’t be argued. Our passing game has looked much improved over the last two weeks without the number “#1” receiver on the field. On a talent only look, adding Holmes will only make it better. But how will this affect the guys that are already there? We have already seen that Edwards can become malcontent (see Cleveland) when things don’t go his way. If Holmes comes in and takes away his touches and success, will Edwards turn into the next T.O.? Cotchery has been a consistent player and leader on this team. But how will he be if he becomes the team’s third receiver?
2. “If it ain’t broken…”- The passing game is really clicking right now. Braylon is stretching the field, Keller is destroying the middle, Cotch has made some good plays, and LT had added a new dimension receiving out of the backfield. Is it a good idea to mess with success? Many criticized the Jets for messing with the offensive line by getting rid of Faneca and Jones. While this is addition of talent, messing with success is still concerning.
3. “Information Overload”- We all saw Mark Sanchez and his color-coded wrist-bands last year. He was killed for it by the “experts” on ESPN for having to be pampered in this way. We have seen him learn the complicated offense, in times in spite of Schotty, and he has matured, learned, and developed into a leader of men. Will this be “too much” for him to handle? Will he feel he has to spread the ball around to all five of his targets? With the strides he has made, do we really want one more thing for the young gun-slinger to worry about?
4. “Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen”- As mentioned above, are there enough balls to go around? Sanchez will now have five legitimate threats. Three guys that would be a #1 receiver on a lot of teams. Can Schotty keep them all happy? Like many critics are now saying with the Miami Heat, talent alone doesn’t always win. There has to be cohesion. We’ve seen Mark finally get that with his current crew. Can a guy that hasn’t been “going to war” with them for the last month come in and blend in? In some sports, “chemistry” is totally overrated. Not so much in football. Will this “new ingredient” spoil the batch?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m crazy excited about the potential of this team and this offense with the addition of Santonio Holmes. He should provide talent, experience, and leadership. He should open up the field for the rest of the guys as he scorches down the side-lines. He should make Mark Sanchez better. He should be on Sportcenter’s Top 10 plays each week. But what should happen often doesn’t. This isn’t Madden. It’s real life. And it’s something we need to think about.