Jets A House Divided
posted at 10/9/2011 10:09 PM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New York Jets issued a statement 90 minutes before Sunday's kickoff against the New England Patriots, disputing a published report that claims the team's top three wide receivers have complained to coach Rex Ryan about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
"The New York Jets deny a report this morning that wide receivers Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason have gone to head coach Rex Ryan individually in the past few weeks to question offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's system," the statement said.
The story was reported by the New York Daily News, which made it the back page with the headline, "Mutiny!"
The Jets' disappointing offense has come under fire in recent weeks. Holmes and Mason have publicly questioned Schottenheimer and the offense. After a 34-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders two weeks ago, Holmes -- without naming Schottenheimer -- said the offense failed to make timely adjustments in the game.
Holmes spoke out again after last Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, calling out the offensive line and quarterback Mark Sanchez. Holmes told reporters that the problem on offense "starts up front with the big guys," adding that Sanchez "has to do a better job of making reads and getting the ball where he needs to, so his playmakers can make plays."
That apparently irked Sanchez, who called the offense together the day after the game and addressed the matter.
"Our player policy is to keep things in-house," Sanchez said Wednesday. "That kind of stuff won't happen again," said the Jets' quarterback, adding, "We talked about it. ... Within our locker room, we talk about stuff like that. That's as far as I'm going to go with that."
Mason also made critical comments, saying after the Baltimore game that there were "cracks" in the offense.
"There's some cracks. And don't nobody really want to identify the cracks," Mason told reporters. "Until we identify the cracks, we're going to keep having the same problems. Whenever somebody wants to seal up the cracks, then we'll continue to move forward as an offense."
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Schottenheimer took responsibility for last week's lousy performance against the Ravens.
"We were really just kind of struggling, calling bad plays and not executing as clean as we need to do," Schottenheimer said.
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.