Santonio Holmes Picking Up Where He Left off Not a Good Sign for the Jets

Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterJune 7, 2012

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The last time we saw Santonio Holmes on a football field it was Week 17 of the 2011 NFL season. Holmes and the New York Jets were down in Miami to take on the Dolphins—well, the Jets were taking on the Dolphins.

Holmes was busy getting into fights with his quarterback and quitting on his team.

It seems a few months away from the team haven't exactly calmed Holmes down, because there he was yesterday, picking up right where he left off. 

Holmes is making headlines for throwing a temper tantrum his first day back with the team. Holmes, per ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, apparently felt that being asked to participate in 32 snaps, in shorts, in June was just too much and proceeded to flip out at his wide receivers coach  Sanjay Lal.

The veteran receiver has missed a handful of organized team activities so far this offseason due to attending a USO-sponsored trip to a U.S. Air Force base in Germany. Apparently, Holmes felt he should not have been given a full plate of reps upon returning and told Lal so in no uncertain terms. 

The Jets should be happy that its just a member of the coaching staff.

After last year's meltdown, the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan have seemingly placed a premium on re-building the chemistry of a team that dissolved into bickering factions throughout the locker room. It's even been intimated that the Jets traded for Tim Tebow in part to help with the locker room issues (I'm not sure I buy that, but I've seen it a few times.) 

So when they see Holmes having what Cimini described as a "mini-meltdown" after a less-than-grueling OTA session, the Jets brass can't be thrilled with their decision to bring back Holmes after a year where he not only quit on the team, but openly criticized the offense and his old offensive coordinator in the press. 

The Jets have one sure-fire way of making sure none of this matters and that none of it will be remembered even a month after the season starts—and that's to win a bunch of games. But with a brutal opening stretch of games and the Sanchez/Tebow debate ever-present, it's hard not to look at the Jets and Holmes and think it's a question of when, not if, the bomb will go off.