If I wanted the Jets to have another season like this next year it'd probably be in my interest to not say anything or to say the opposite of what I'm going to say.
Fire Santonio Holmes. The old adage that defenses win championships is bull, it's lockerrooms. It's a collective feeling amongst the players that everyone around you is going to do their job to the best of their ability.
I know it's going to cost a lot of money. I know he's arguably the most talented WR on the roster. I know he sells a lot of jerseys and all, but I just don't see how the Jets passing-game can survive with him. "Cancer", "10 year old", "gave up", whatever he is and whatever exactly he did do, he is clearly a detriment to his team.
The Jets lost lockerroom leaders between last year and this year. Rex named his stars as the captains, and one of them was of course Santonio Holmes. Rex Ryan has admitted that this was a mistake and has flirted with the idea of not having captains at all. Why not do what the other 31 teams do and let the players choose their own captains? Why should they not have captains at all, because Rex screwed up?
Rex is a popular coach amongst players. He tells his players they're the best and he takes pressure off of them by being so upfront. Imagine if widely-respected LT was a captain in that huddle instead of highly-paid Holmes, who basically got his pay day and stopped playing. Imagine if the captains were selected because the guys taking the field and carrying the load respected them, instead of the guys signing the checks?
My team took on a project earlier this year by the name of Albert Haynesworth. The thinking was that he would reform on a winning team and that his bestfriend, who lives here, would be a positive influence. We also thought that his incentive-laden contract would motiative him. We went 5-3 with Albert on the team, and then came the game against the Giants when he literally stopped moving his feet after the snap and put together the most pathetic playing time I've ever seen a DT put together. He gave up on his team and got cut immediately as he should have been. The Pats have gone 8-0 since then. As for the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, who took on Fat Al, they're 0-8 with him.
It's going to hurt a lot but it's better now than later. Keep him on and the Jets will be further-indebted to Holmes for 2013. He'll have no incentive to reform as his contract makes him damn near uncoachable. The Jets will only allow the toxic environment in their lockerroom to fester if they don't do something about him. Captain or no captain, highly-paid or not highly-paid, he brings more harm than good to his team and the sport of football.
Even if firing Santonio forces the Jets into a rebuilding year, they probably won't go far with him dragging the team down,