Ray Lewis made headlines this week when he criticized Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for not being passionate about the game of football, and another former player who was teammates with both Lewis and Flacco feels the retired linebacker stepped out of line.
Bart Scott, who was with the Ravens during Flacco’s rookie season in 2008, unloaded on Lewis during a chat with Gio and Jones on CBS Sports Radio Friday morning.
“How many times are they going to keep letting Ray Lewis off the hook?” Scott said. “He already dissed Ray Rice when Ray Rice went through his situation. Now he’s dissing Flacco?Come on, man. You got that ring on your finger because of Flacco. That’s what I don’t like. You’re either with me or your not. … That’s brother-on-brother crime right there. (Lewis is) supposed to be better than that. He’s supposed to be from the old school. You never come out publicly on one of your boys like that.”
Flacco has always taken some heat for being a “boring” guy who doesn’t seem to get too high or too low, but Scott insists that does not make him any less of a teammate.
“Joe Flacco was a great teammate, a great rookie. … If you got an issue with how his leadership skills are and all that, you go talk to him,” Scott said. “That’s what real men do.”
As for why Lewis felt the need to take a shot at Flacco, Scott said former players often feel pressured to “make a splash” when they get jobs as analysts.
“This is what happens man. You get on the other side, you got to say something,” he said. “People put pressure on you to make a splash.”
You can read Lewis’ full comments about Flacco here.
As we mentioned previously, Lewis and Flacco never really seemed to see eye-to-eye. They couldn’t be more opposite from an enthusiasm standpoint, which is why Flacco once admitted he didn’t understand most of Lewis’ fiery speeches. Still, I agree with Scott on this. It’s never a good look to bash a former teammate who helped you win a Super Bowl.
Former NFL linebacker and current CBS analyst Bart Scott insinuated on Sunday that Roethlisberger plays up his injuries, and the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback did not appreciate Scott’s take.
Roethlisberger injured his knee midway through the second quarter of his team’s loss to the Miami Dolphins, but he ended up finishing the game. It was later revealed that he suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, but Scott felt at the time that Roethlisberger was embellishing and called him a “drama king.” Big Ben shared his thoughts on that label this week.
“What did I do to deserve that? All I’ve ever done is keep playing and keep my mouth shut,” he said, via Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You just have to shrug that stuff off. But I would tell him to go see John [Norwig] our trainer and check out my medical file. It’s pretty thick. You can’t make that stuff up.”
As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted, Roethlisberger once claimed he played with broken toes in the 2004 AFC Championship Game and former Steelers coach Bill Cowher disputed it. Something similar happened in 2010 when reports swirled that Roethlisberger was playing on a broken foot.
Regardless of what happened in those two instances, Roethlisberger has played through many legitimate injuries. Given the latest report about how long his knee injury could keep him out, it’s safe to conclude this one is as real as it gets. You can’t blame Big Ben for being irritated with Scott’s remark.
Opponents have been very effective at getting inside Odell Beckham Jr’s head over the past two years, and the result has been costly penalties and fines. While those results are plenty for some, former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott says he would teach Beckham a lesson a flag or fine can’t deliver.
During an appearance on “The DA Show” with Damon Amendolara on CBS Sports Radio Wednesday, Scott said there is no way he would back down from Beckham.
“If he tried to come at me with one of those things, whether the refs are watching or cameras are watching or not, I would choke the hell out of Odell Beckham,” Scott said. “I’ve choked plenty of players. I do not lie. I got Jake Long in a reverse arm bar because he had elbow surgery.”
In other words, Scott would be aiming to hurt the star receiver.
“Get that helmet off I’ll grab that little mullet pony tail. … I’ll pull his hair back and smack the hell out of him,” he added. “It’s gotta be a disrespectful one. You don’t hit him with the front of the hand, you hit him with the backhand. Listen, you backhand a grown man and he knows he can’t do nothing, you break his will. He’s gotta leave.”
Scott also said he wouldn’t care if he got a 15-yard penalty or fine because he considers that “the cost of doing business.” The audio is worth a listen:
We have no way of knowing if Scott would act on that, but he isn’t the only one who feels that way. Heck, even some of Beckham’s New York Giants teammates seem to be growing tired of his antics, and his former coach had some unkind words for the star wideout as well.
Even if Beckham is being targeted by opposing players, the antagonizing is working to perfection. He needs to learn to control his emotions.
H/T The Big Lead
The New York Jets are set to begin training camp in less than two weeks, and the starting quarterback who nearly led them to the playoffs last season remains a free agent. If you ask Bart Scott, that’s the way it should stay.
Scott is among the small minority in believing the Jets might be better off with Geno Smith as their starter rather than Fitzpatrick.
“Geno bring something to the table because he can throw the long ball, so it makes defenses have to step back and play more honestly, defend the entire field, because he can throw the 70-yard bomb on a rope,” the former Jets linebacker recently told Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media. “Fitz has to step into that. He can throw the same route, but he has to let it go earlier, which doesn’t allow the big receivers or the speed of [Eric] Decker to separate. So he has to throw it up, and they have to go get it.”
Two months ago, Scott unloaded on Fitzpatrick for playing hardball with the Jets. You can read what he had to say here.
“I wasn’t trying to cause any controversy, but I just understand the business side of it, from both sides, because I’ve been in that same situation,” Scott said when asked about his comments from May. “I’m sure they would want to reward [Fitzpatrick] for what he was able to do. But at the end of the day, we would be having a different conversation if they would’ve made it to the playoffs.
“I didn’t say he doesn’t have much left. What I’m saying is, Geno went 8-8 [in 2013] with Clyde Gates and some other receivers that we didn’t know of.”
The Jets actually freed up salary cap space by signing Muhammad Wilkerson, who had been given the franchise tag, to a long-term extension. Many believe they will use that money to finally agree to a deal with Fitzpatrick. We know several Jets veterans are hoping that happens, regardless of what Scott thinks about Smith.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets are currently at odds over the value of a new contract. Fitzpatrick made a little over $3 million last season and is reportedly asking for nearly five times that amount. New York, obviously, doesn’t want to pay that much and former Jets player Bart Scott thinks Fitzpatrick shouldn’t be shooting for the stars.
During an interview with Sirius XM, Scott ripped Fitzpatrick for trying to cash in when perhaps he shouldn’t be, based on his level of production and status as average, but not great quarterback.
“Fitz don’t have a leg to stand on, man,” Scott said tol SiriusXM NFL Radio, via ESPN. “He is who he is. You can have great teams and great records, but at this point, pretty much everybody knows who he is. He’s a quality guy. On another 20 teams in the league, he would be a backup. The only teams that he would start for are the teams that have bad quarterback situations. He’s a bridge guy, a glue guy.”
It’s blunt, as you would expect from Scott, but there isn’t much he said worth arguing about. The Jets know what they’re getting with Fitzpatrick, so do fans of the Jets and NFL. And, all three would agree paying Fitzpatrick what he’s asking for wouldn’t be the best business decision.
Scott continued by saying the money being paid to younger quarterbacks is based on their potential and that ship has sailed on Fitzpatrick.
“Osweiler hasn’t reached his ceiling yet,” Scott said. “They’re paying for his potential, what he might be able to become. It’s all downhill right now for Fitz.”
It doesn’t appear the Jets are going to back down from their position and Fitzpatrick looks to have his feet dug in the sand as well. So, what we’re left with is a good old fashioned game of chicken.
Players are always going to try to maximize their earnings, and it’s tough to argue with that, especially in football. How confident the Jets are in Geno Smith as the starter will go a long way in determining whether they meet Fitzpatrick somewhere in the middle or leave him looking for work.
Bart Scott spent 11 seasons in NFL, seven with the Ravens and four with the Jets. Back in 2005, Scott had the opportunity to test the market as a free agent and, as expected, he did just that. He ultimately returned to the Ravens, signing a three-year extension. How that happened has a great story behind it.
Scott scheduled a meeting with the Browns, who were hoping to land the talented linebacker. However, Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens had other ideas. As Scott told the Simms & Lefkoe Show, Newsome contacted Scott while he was at the Browns’ facility and actually hid in the bathroom to talk to Newsome and agree on the new contract.
There are a few great things packed into that 48 seconds. The “hells yeah” is fantastic. So is the impression of Romeo Crennel. Then, there’s the brotastic fist bump between Scott and Simms. However, the best part is that when the Scott went into the bathroom the Browns thought they had a legitimate shot to sign him and when he came out that chance was zero.
I’m not sure where this ranks on the list of “Most Cleveland Browns Things Ever” but it definitely deserves consideration for a spot in the top half.
Bart Scott is not a Chip Kelly fan. In fact, he hopes the Philadelphia Eagles coach gets embarrassed to the point of losing every game this season.
Scott, the former trash-talking linebacker who made a Pro Bowl during his career with the Ravens and Jets, had harsh words for Kelly during an appearance with Evan and Joe on WFAN in New York Thursday.
“I’m rooting for the Jets,” Scott said of Sunday’s game against the Eagles. “Not just because I played for the Jets, but because I love a good car crash. I love a good accident waiting to happen. You have one guy who thinks he’s the smartest guy in the world. Trust me, I played for Brian Billick, so I’m used to being around guys that believe that they’re really smart, and Brian was. But come on now, are you kidding me? This guy needs to figure out what time to get a protein shake because obviously he’s giving the protein shakes at the wrong time, with his scientists and stuff that he has back there, because his teams aren’t ready to play in the first half.”
Scott was jabbing Kelly over all the nutritional changes he brought to the Eagles’ franchise when he took over the job a few years ago. Among the changes was giving players personalized smoothies based on their nutritional needs.
But the jabs didn’t end there. Scott joined the chorus of people bashing Kelly for letting so much talent go over the offseason.
“He can’t win,” Scott said as transcribed by NJ.com. “You know why he can’t win? Because you can’t win and tell people that you devalue great players and get rid of them just because you want to. So I think there’s a little bit of karma coming back to him. Nelson Agholor hasn’t replaced Jeremy Maclin. Jeremy Maclin was a class act guy. You can’t just replace people like they’re things, you know what I mean? Like they’re toys that you’re tired of playing with because you want something new. So I hope that he loses. I hope he loses every game.”
Kelly really rubbed people the wrong way with his offseason moves. Making such bold moves by getting rid of players like LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin left him as a target for criticism if the team did not get off to a good start. That’s exactly what has happened so far, and now Kelly is becoming a punching bag. He better start winning otherwise he might be ostracized and end up back in college.
CBS announced last week that Tony Gonzalez will be joining the network’s “NFL Today” broadcast next season and that Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe will not be returning. The announcement, in theory, left one spot open for the pregame show. That spot will be filled by Bart Scott. He worked on CBS Sports Network’s “The Other Pregame Show” last season.
“Bart joining ‘The NFL Today‘ is a natural progression from his outstanding work during his first season on TOPS,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said. “Bart brings a dynamic personality and unique perspective as a recently retired player providing strong opinions on all the hot-button issues on a weekly basis. We are confident he will continue to bring that perspective and those opinions to ‘The NFL Today.'”
[Related: Shannon Sharpe has pro response to question about Tony Gonzalez replacing him]
CBS is looking to bring a fresh perspective with players who have recently retired, and bringing Scott and Gonzalez on board will accomplish that. Scott, who was one of the most outspoken players in the league during his 11-year career, will likely bring an abundance of controversial opinions to the program.
Between Gonzalez and Scott, the shakeup is obviously significant for CBS. Apparently they felt change was needed.
Bart Scott ripped the fans who heckled the Jets following a disastrous second quarter against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving.
A video of the New York fans going off on the Jets players as they walked toward the locker room for halftime went viral on the Internet Tuesday. Fans could be heard yelling some of the most vile taunts you could imagine. They called the players a “disgrace,” “bums,” “terrible,” and they were told not to “come out after halftime.” That’s the clean version of the taunts.
The Jets were outscored 35-3 in the second quarter by the Patriots, leading to the taunts. They made one mistake after another in one of the most embarrassing stretches in recent NFL history that included being outscored 21-0 in 52 seconds.
Asked by Gary Myers of the New York Daily News for a response to the nastiness from the hecklers, Scott let the fans have it.
“At the end of the day, if you made it to be able to put an NFL uniform on, then you are one of the best athletes in the world,” Scott told the Daily News. “The person yelling at you probably was picked last in dodge ball all through high school. So do you care about the opinion of them? No.”
Scott acknowledged that the fans would be upset based on the team’s play, but he still thinks it’s out of line for fans to get personal with their criticism.
“Does it make it right?” he said. “Some of the personal attacks — I can only imagine.”
He also pointed to the fair weather nature of Jets fans.
New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott was apparently so furious with the media after his team’s 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday that he demanded his teammates participate in a boycott.
According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, Scott ordered every member of the Jets defense to answer all questions with “both teams played hard.” “Both teams played hard” is a nod to notorious NBA headcase Rasheed Wallace, who gave that line in response to every question he fielded during a press conference several years ago.
Scott apparently threatened teammates who did speak with the media, even name-calling fellow linebacker Bryan Thomas for breaking the boycott.
After the attempted media boycott failed, Scott apparently began speaking with reporters calmly.
Hubbuch says Scott called for the boycott in response to an anonymously-sourced story in the New York Daily News during the week that cited a Jets player as calling Tim Tebow a “terrible” quarterback.
The article was a source of much strife in the Jets locker room during the week. Coach Rex Ryan was forced to address it, and Scott responded to allegations that he was one of the anonymous sources.
This also is not the first time Scott has taken an anti-media stance this season. After the Jets beat the Bills in Week 1, Scott declared a media boycott in protest of the New York Post calling the team a bunch of clowns. He also had a run-in with a reporter in the team’s locker room that nearly involved a fight.