The reparation of the relationship between Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and wide receiver Santonio Holmes began a few weeks back in Orlando.
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Sanchez visited Holmes, who lives there, and the two hashed out the issues between them over dinner.
"When I finally got a chance to see him for a couple of days it was the same old guy from our first year together that won a bunch of games for us in the closing seconds of games," Sanchez said. "I know it can work between us. It’s not a question of if. It’s a matter of when, and that’s now. I’m thrilled about that."
Sanchez met with reporters who regularly cover the team before being honored at the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation Gala in Manhattan on Thursday. He touched on a variety of topics including anonymous teammates criticizing him this winter, the Jets’ struggles in 2011 and the departure of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
But the main topic he was asked about was Holmes, who sulked his way through the end of the season and showed up Sanchez in the last week of the season by acting up in, and then skipping, study sessions organized by the quarterback.
Sanchez, who received a three-year contract extension last week from the Jets, would not discuss his meeting with Holmes in depth, but said they have been talking all winter and everything is fine now.
"We’ve talked about it," Sanchez said. "We both had strong feelings about it. We got a chance to sit there and address a lot of issues. It was good."