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12-14-2010, 07:30 AM
Bires: Happy Holmes-coming ... not
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Monday December 13, 2010 11:59 PM

After serving a four-game suspension, Santonio Holmes has been embraced in New York. AP file photo

PITTSBURGH — Santonio Holmes, MVP of the Steelers’ most recent Super Bowl win, will be back in town this weekend. The guess here is that it’s a homecoming he’s not looking forward to.

For one, he didn’t leave on pleasant terms. His time with the Steelers was terminated because of mounting off-the-field issues.

Second, he’s going to face a relentless defense that’s more than a little anxious to play a struggling offense like the one the New York Jets now have.

If Holmes hasn’t yet, he’ll soon watch videotape of what the Steelers did Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals.

He’ll see that the Steelers held the Bengals to just 34 rushing yards.

He’ll see that the Steelers sacked Carson Palmer three times and intercepted three passes, including two for pick-sixes.

He’ll see that Terrell Owens, who came to Heinz Field with 71 catches, was held to just one.

Five weeks ago, T.O. put on a monstrous performance in a loss to the Steelers with 10 catches for 141 yards and two TDs. But this time, he was a non-factor. Dick Lebeau, the Steelers’ wily defensive coordinator, devised schemes that, if executed properly, would make Owens a no-show.

“They did a great job of game-planning,” Owens said.

That’s also what Steelers safety Troy Polamalu said. Against the Bengals, Polamalu intercepted two passes. Both were intended for Owens.

So now Lebeau, and his defenders, will prepare for a Jets offense that has failed to score a touchdown in the month of December. The Jets (9-4) were blown out in New England two weeks ago, 45-3, and they lost at home Sunday, 10-6 to Miami.
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In his last two starts, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has thrown zero TD passes while throwing four interceptions and compiling lowly passer ratings of 27.8 and 45.38. Among all NFL starting QBs this season, Sanchez ranks 28th at 74.2. For his first game at Heinz Field where he’ll face the vaunted Steelers’ defense under freezing cold and windy conditions, Sanchez will likely be in dire straits.

The same could be said of Holmes, who dropped a touchdown pass Sunday in the loss to the Dolphins.

Holmes, the Steelers’ first-round pick in the 2006 draft, certainly enjoyed good moments in Pittsburgh. His spectacular catch with 35 seconds left gave the Steelers a 27-23 win over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII. Last season, he caught 79 passes for 1,248 yards and five TDs. But during the off-season, he failed a drug test that would lead to a four-game suspension at the start of the 2010 season.

That was the last straw as far as Steelers management was concerned.

During his time with the Steelers, Holmes appeared on police blotters for disorderly conduct, domestic violence and marijuana possession. The Steelers were so tired of his off-field shenanigans that they traded him to the Jets for just a fifth-round draft pick.

“It will be strange seeing Santonio in a different uniform,” Steelers receiver Hines Ward said. “But I’m sure Ike (Taylor) and the rest of our DBs will be ready for him.”

Mike Bires can be reached at mbires@timesonline.com.

Stu Pidasso
12-14-2010, 06:51 PM
Go Steelers! BLAZE him up!


Fire Arians
12-14-2010, 06:54 PM
i hope ryan clark greets him over the middle. 15 yard penalty would be worth it

12-15-2010, 09:19 AM
I'm hoping he doesn't make some big play to beat us. That would suck.

Hopefully we contain him and so forth. The last thing we need is him making some big play gloating about it, then the ESPN's of the world are going to have a field day with it.