Once again it will be a pivotal matchup for the New York Jets as they face the 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium this Sunday. Right now they need to avoid a “trap game” so Rex Ryan and company need to put their full concentration on their opponent in front of them.
But while many would point to right guard and Bronx, N.Y. native Willie Colon as he will face his former team in the Steelers, the New York media is focused on Santonio Holmes, who has also a Pittsburgh favorite four years ago.
As of right now Holmes is the most famous former Pittsburgh Steelers player on the New York Jets and he was asked by reporters this week how he felt playing against his former squad.
“I don’t know anything about their offense at this point,” said Holmes. “I’ve been here four years. My focus has been on New York’s offense.”
But there is one thing Holmes can do to help the Jets’ offense while he is currently not available due to an injured leg, is to give Geno Smith some pointers on Dick LeBeau’s Steelers defense.
“One thing, I can talk to Geno about is the play of that defense and the style and how aggressive those guys are, what they look to do, down and distance and how they play particular spots on the field,” noted Holmes. “Field position is what they thrive off of and giving the ball back to their offense in manageable positions. Our job is to nickel and dime those guys all the way down the field until we get an opening.”
Let’s not forget about LeBeau being a long-time coach when No. 10 was with the Steelers, but he also goes back to Holmes college playing days at Ohio State.
“I love him,” noted Holmes. “When I was there with him, we did a lot of talking, we’re former Buckeyes. We had a really good connection amongst ourselves.”
The Jets have a big moment before facing Tom Brady and the Patriots in the return leg at MetLife Stadium, but right now the opponent at hand is a poor Steelers side that looks to be lost and weak. The Jets have a golden opportunity to build some momentum heading into next week’s AFC East clash with New England.