New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said on Monday that, after meeting with players individually, he made a mistake in naming six captains and didn’t have “the pulse of the team” in the way he had in the past, according to ESPN.
"Normally, I’m a guy that really has the pulse of this team, and I don’t think I had the pulse of the team the way I’ve done in the past," Ryan said. "When I met with players, I think that became clear to me."
Without naming names, Ryan added that he will no longer be naming captains because he believes it detracted from the team concept, according to ESPN.
"It’s not a reflection of anybody in particular, but we’re not going to have those anymore," said Ryan.
Ryan was criticized for naming wide receiver Santonio Holmes a captain; it was reported by ESPN on Monday that Holmes was benched in Sunday’s loss to Miami because he was arguing with teammates in the huddle. Additionally, according to ESPN, several players said Holmes poisoned the locker room through the season.
"For whatever reason, I don’t think we were as close as a football team as we were the first two years, and now we’re sitting on the outside looking in," said Ryan. "We’re watching the other teams in playoff games, and we think we should be in. I think that’s painful. Beyond belief, that’s painful."