Rex Ryan has pledged to have a better connection with his team this season. A good starting point will be keeping tabs on his most volatile player.
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For a franchise praying the lavishly compensated Holmes will be a good soldier after last season's circus, it was not a promising sign.
"Well, I understand what Holmes is saying, you know Tone's talking about a guy ... (the starting quarterback) has to get a feel and all that kind of stuff," Ryan told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Thursday. "But I brought Santonio in here to be a receiver, not to be the offensive coordinator. And that's the way it is.
"I love Santonio, but if I wanted to hire him as our offensive coordinator, we would've."
Offensive coordinator is now Tony Sparano's gig, and it will be his responsibility to make the Sanchez/Tebow pairing work. Sparano told Paolantonio "every player is entitled to their own opinion" and said he believes the relationship with Holmes will be "a good one."