On a normal day, I would have an extremely tough time associating the name “Bart Scott” with the word “sensible.” The Jets loudmouth linebacker usually makes headlines for charades like his “can’t wait!” postgame interview or for threatening to end Wes Welker’s career. The only man wearing Green with a more freely-moving jaw is Rex Ryan, and Scott almost acknowledged that on Friday.
“I think it’s about time we get it done and see this thing through because, after a while, people are going to start looking at it as a joke,” Scott told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio via Pro Football Talk.
At least we’re not the only ones who think so, right? Most would argue that Ryan’s guarantees have already become a joke, but it’s refreshing to hear a player acknowledge that there are consequences for making empty promises. We all know you never make an empty gesture to a Funkhouser.
Bart Scott played a strong role in the back-and-forth trash talk between the Jets and Patriots during the week, going so far as to threaten Wes Welker. Scott played for head coach Rex Ryan in Baltimore and took Welker’s foot press conference personally, so no doubt he was pleased to get payback. He was still in on-field commander/soldier mode after the game when approached by Sal Paolantonio for an interview on ESPN. The resulting video was legendary:
You’ll be able to catch Scott on WWE’s Smackdown tomorrow night for more of his shenanigans. Who takes the third game of the preseason like it’s bulls***? Bulls***! That is one fiery, pissed off character, and you could see why the Jets won with passionate guys like him on their side. As far as calling out Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson, I didn’t see enough ESPN to know what they were saying, but I imagine they were picking the Pats.
Now Bart’s reputation as the second coming of Ric Flair did not end with that interview. After the game, Scott strove to set the record straight about Tom Brady, pointing out that the likely MVP has lost his last three playoff games. Scott said that like most QBs, all you had to do was hit him to get him rattled. To me, it wasn’t the hits on Brady that changed him so much as the excellent coverage the Jets had. Brady had nobody open. It’s awfully hard to make things happen when you look downfield and see nothing but white and green, and that’s how it was for Tom.
As a Patriots fan, the trash being talked this week has made this into the longest football week of my life. There was a time when I thought the anticipation of two weeks off before the Super Bowl would kill me, but this is much worse. I realize that writing posts like this fuels the fire in some small way, but this one was worth mentioning.
The NFL league office contacted all eight remaining playoff teams this week to tell them to tone down the trash talk. Antonio Cromartie was probably at the center of that warning after his explicit comments about Tom Brady, but Jets linebacker Bart Scott can’t be too far behind. When he was asked about Wes Welker’sclever foot commentary, Scott had a warning for the Patriots receiver.
I’ll tell you what,” Scott told Newsday on Friday. “Be very careful what you say about our coach. His [Welker’s] days in a uniform will be numbered. Put it like that.”
There has to be a fine coming for that, right? It’s not that I think players should be fined for trash talk, but in a league where players are fined for touching the quarterback or criticizing the official after a game you would think threatening a player’s career would result in a lighter wallet. It probably won’t. Sunday can’t come quickly enough.
It wouldn’t be an NFL Sunday without an accusation of dirty play. Sometimes it’s players complaining about having their nuts grabbed, other times it’s that there was dirty play on the field. That’s what Jets linebacker Bart Scottsays happened Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
“They are a good football team but by far the dirtiest football team I’ve ever played against since I played the Tennessee Titans,” Scott said. “Some of the stuff they do out there I understand, but I’ll just be happy with the victory. I swear to God I hope I see them again in life.”
So Scott goes with the hyperbole that Detroit’s the dirtiest team he’s EVER played, but only since the Titans. What was it that had Scott so upset? Apparently it was the three penalties the Lions drew for chop blocks. Lions veteran center Dominic Raiola obviously didn’t like being called dirty and responded: “Bart Scott talks to much. He needs to shut up and play football,” Raiola said. “Him and Jason Taylor talk too much. I mean, a cut block in football, that’s football. When you get cut, you get cut. So my response to that is shut up and play football.”
I know players are always trying to protect their knees so it makes sense why the Jets players would be upset about the chop blocks. I’d have to see the plays before evaluating how dirty Detroit is, but one thing we can all agree on is who the dirtiest team in the league is.
Ray Rice is a 5’8″ running back for the Baltimore Ravens. Shaun Ellis is a 6’5″ 290lb defensive lineman for the New York Jets. Perhaps someone should remind Rice it’s not a good idea to mess with someone about twice his size, as he did pregame.
Prior to kickoff of Monday Night Football’s contest between the Ravens and Jets, ESPN showed footage of Rice and Ellis in a war of words. Ellis stuck his hand in Rice’s face as if to say “back off” little man. Ed Reed was in there trying to play peace maker but he didn’t appear to have much luck. The best part was former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott picking up a football Rice had tossed at Ellis and chucking it at him. Here are a few pics of the pregame skirmish (with video below)
Ellis got the early laugh by absolutely crunching Joe Flacco on Baltimore’s first offensive play. I’m surprised they didn’t have to cart Flacco off the field after that bone-crushing hit.
Here’s video of Ray Rice and Shaun Ellis fighting: