LaDainian Tomlinson Predicts Santonio Holmes Will Quit on Jets

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets reacts after an unsuccessful third down conversion against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated the Jets 27-10.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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I'm thinking I might write a script for a new NFL-related soap opera. I'll call it As the Jets Turn, and I'll be sure to include LaDainian Tomlinson and Santonio Holmes as two of my main characters.

Tomlinson was particularly critical of Holmes a year ago, when the future Hall of Fame running back revealed the dysfunctional nature of the New York Jets' locker room. During an NFL Network pregame show on Sunday, Tomlinson had more to say about the mercurial wide receiver.

From Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News:

He hasn’t changed. The only thing about it is a new year brings new hope; we all know that as players. But as a player, the one thing you know when you play with a guy that has quit on you, you know that when the times get tough he will quit on you again. That’s one thing I do know. That’s what I expect as the season goes along.

He wasn't finished:

It depends on what Santonio Holmes does moving forward if they trust him or not, If he comes out and continues to play like this, they won’t because they know he will quit.

It's hardly shocking stuff—an anonymous teammate called Holmes "a cancer" in January—but it's clear Tomlinson still has an axe to grind.

And you wonder just how long it will take before Tomlinson's words ring prophetic. In two games, Holmes has seven receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown—hardly shabby numbers, but not exactly befitting a No. 1 receiver either.

Should the Jets offense sputter like it did in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout the year, will Holmes see his role reduced and ultimately quit on the team once again?

It's not out of the question. In fact, it's likely given Holmes' past. And in New York, it will be just another distraction on a team already rife with them.

It all makes for a great soap opera, of course. The Mark Sanchez versus Tim Tebow plot line will carry me through this season, with plenty of sound bites from Rex Ryan and Bart Scott to sprinkle into the proceedings.

Add in a sulky Holmes quitting on his team while Tomlinson smugly tells everyone "I told you so," and I should have As the Jets Turn greenlit in no time at all.


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