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Holmes and Sanchez straighten things out

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  October 5, 2011 05:17 PM

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FLORHAM, N.J. -- The Ravens made a hash mark out of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez last Sunday. He was sacked twice and hit 10 times and after the Jets' 34-17 loss, wide receiver Santonio Holmes was somewhat critical of the effort to protect the quarterback but also of the QB's need to get the ball out of his hands faster.

Holmes told reporters, "It starts up front with our big guys, they need to do a better job protecting Mark and Mark has to do a better job making his reads and getting the ball to playmakers."

Today, Sanchez was asked about Holmes's comments and said typically those criticisms stay inside the locker room.

"Our player policy is to kind of keep things in house, so that kind of stuff won't happen, moving forward that won't happen," Sanchez said. "We've talked about it, and those individual improvements and stuff that happens on a personal level. You go with your coaches and you go through your reads and you get better, but that kind of stuff doesn't go past this locker room. Within this locker room, we talk about stuff like that. That's all I'm going to say about that."

Holmes, who spoke to the media after Sanchez, didn't back off the criticism but said that it was intended to be constructive.

"If anybody feels bad about that then I'm sorry," Holmes said. "But as a captain, that’s my job to point it out amongst ourselves. If the media took it the wrong way, I apologize for it. But as far as meaning it to dictate anything negative on my team, I would never do that. I didn’t sign back here to be that guy."

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