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Holmes Likes Plan, Chemistry Heading to Buffalo

Posted by Eric Allen on November 4, 2011 – 4:33 pm

LaDainian Tomlinson said the challenge for the Jets offense Sunday in Buffalo will be stopping the Bills blitz. And if they can do that, there figure to be plays made down the field for Santonio Holmes and company.

“Those young guys out there on the edge, let’s hope they’re prepared for a running-up-and-down-the-field battle. It’s going to be fun,” Tone told me on an installment of “Four Quarters” that will air this weekend on newyorkjets.com. “If those guys do decide to blitz us, I think we have the perfect remedy for those guys.”

The Green & White went into the bye on an offensive high, collecting 25 first downs, converting eight of their 13 third-down opportunities and rushing for 162 yards in their Week 7 win over the Chargers. Mark Sanchez threw three red-zone TDs to Plaxico Burress and a pretty score to Holmes was taken off the board due to a holding penalty.

The Bills are tied for the NFL lead with 18 takeaways and they are coming off a 10-sack effort in an impressive Week 8 shutout of the Washington Redskins. But the Jets are a confident group heading into this key battle.

“The guys up front have been doing a wonderful job these past few weeks, and the backs have been stepping in and filling up in those holes and protecting as well,” Holmes said. “I think everything else comes down to the receivers on the outside if we can win versus man-to-man. I think Coach Schottenheimer has the perfect plan put together this week for us to go out and win.”

Sanchez has quietly been efficient the last three games, tossing six TD passes against just one interception. Holmes believes the passing game should continue to progress in the season’s second half.

“It’s been a thing of beauty that we’ve been working on every day,” he said. “The little things that we do when the offense is not on the field that we take a little time out to communicate amongst ourselves — myself, Plaxico, Dustin — I think we’re starting to really build a great chemistry with Mark.”

Sunday will be the first time Holmes has played in Buffalo. He is looking forward to the electric environment as the Bills will don all-white uniforms and hope to create a “white-out” in the stands.

“I’m very excited. The excitement just comes from knowing you can silence their crowd,” he said. “When you make big plays over and over and over — offense, defense and special teams — it silences the crowd. And it allows you to play with the same confidence as an offense that you play when you’re playing at home when you don’t have to worry about the noise factor.”

Holmes, who has recorded 22 receptions for 311 yards and three TDs, is one of the NFL’s top route runners. He’ll be a handful for whichever cornerback — Drayton Florence, Leodis McKelvin or Terrence McGee — the Bills decide to match him up with.

“When I step on the field to run routes,” he said, “I’m always staring my defender in the face so I don’t give him any kind of indicator that I’m running a short route, a deep route, if I’m breaking in or I’m breaking out, I’m going on a post route or I’m coming down on a comeback route.

“I try to make everything look the same, so those guys never get a beat of what I’m doing when I’m on the field. I think that’s one of the keys to running good routes is staring your defender down and making every route look the same.”

On Monday night in Linden N.J., Holmes will host his second annual “Strikes for Sickle Cell” bowling event. He has invited 10 families through the Children’s Sickle Cell Foundation to the event, which will include a silent auction.

Holmes’ son, Santonio III, has SCD and had his spleen removed in 2010 at the age of 8. He is flourishing down in Florida and his dad was proud to announce that the fourth-grader has spent some time on the Honor Roll.

“It’s just amazing to see him grow up, to see him do some of these things and to just be anybody he wants to be in life,” Tone said. “He doesn’t necessarily have to follow in Dad’s footsteps, but to just be a leader in whatever he does and do it well in life.”

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6 Responses to “Holmes Likes Plan, Chemistry Heading to Buffalo”

  1. By TONY GARCIA on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    were playing well a split in the series would be great,a sweep would be fantastic.
    that being said this game is important but its not the season.jet fan since 1969.

  2. By Rick on Nov 4, 2011 | Reply

    I hope the plan includes screens for McKnight.

  3. By Charliejet on Nov 5, 2011 | Reply

    Chris Jenkins had a lot of interesting things to say about the Jets on the fan. One of them being “the Jets don’t let Sanchez become a man” i.e Sanchez is coddled too much, over protected not to make mistakes and because of that he does make mistakes! That “they should have let Mark open it up against the pats -spread out the offence and let Mark throw 50 passes against a weak secondary – build his confidence more and let him develop more so. Some poor coaching decisions and choices during the games, interesting enough Jenkins mentioned that Schotty may be gone after the season is over. But most significant, it is not one major thing but a”little bit of everything” on why this team has not hit on all cylinders yet.

  4. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 5, 2011 | Reply

    Nice to hear Holmes’ little guy is doing so well after that operation. I sure hope Jenkins has some reliable inside info, Charliejet, especially about Schotty, though like I say when we get a new OC we’ll find out how much it’s about him and how much it’s about Rex. The “little bit of everything” comment interests me, too, because — though I take a lot of heat for it — that’s why I’m still on the fence about Rex. I can think of any number of poor coaching and personnel decisions that he’s made during his tenure. Sure, playing in the AFC championship is great but Rex has set the tone by saying it’s SB or bust, so that’s not enough. Myself, I always say I’m just happy to see the Jets in it every yr — as long as we’re still moving forward.

  5. By Ablity on Nov 5, 2011 | Reply

    dude what do kris jinkins knows about offensive…he need to just mind his own…he is no longer apart of this organization…Although the plan on offensive is very simple…it is also very effective…and teams have won the Superbowl doing so…Mark S is not a shootgun, throw it all over the flied type of player…he is not Stafford…even in college his team ran a balance offense…his best throw is the playaction throw…I think shotty is a great offensive mind…and we will be stupid to lose him

  6. By steve on Nov 6, 2011 | Reply

    go jets!!!!! bring it all nite!!!!

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