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Bart Scott is so confident in Eagles losing that he’s risking his eyebrow

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Jalen Hurts led the Philadelphia Eagles to a convincing win over the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, but former NFL linebacker Bart Scott apparently believes the Eagles are pretenders. In fact, he is so confident they are going to come back earth in Week 2 that he is willing to stake his appearance to it.

During Thursday’s edition of “Get Up!” on ESPN, Scott taunted Eagles fans for rushing out to buy Hurts jerseys. He predicted Philly is going to have a much tougher time against the “elite” San Francisco 49ers this weekend. Scott’s colleague Damien Woody strongly disagreed, which led to a debate between the two.

At the end of said debate, Scott said he will shave off one of his eyebrows if the Eagles beat the 49ers on Sunday. Check it out:

The 49ers should have blown out the Detroit Lions, but instead they almost blew the game. Scott doesn’t think that will have any bearing on their game against the Eagles.

If you remember, Scott once wished bad luck on the Eagles for a much different reason. He may just have something against them, though he has now given people more of a reason to root for them on Sunday.

ESPN analysts make bold predictions about Baker Mayfield’s future with Browns

Baker Mayfield

Even after last week’s embarrassing loss to the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns still control their own playoff destiny. The Browns will reach the postseason if they can defeat the Mason Rudolph-led Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. If they don’t, at least two former players believe Baker Mayfield will be on borrowed time in Cleveland.

Former NFL linebackers and current ESPN analysts Bart Scott and Rob Ninkovich said on “Get Up!” Friday that they believe Mayfield will have one more season at most with the Browns if the team loses to Pittsburgh and misses the playoffs.

“Could you imagine losing to the Jets and then losing to (the Steelers) to not get into the playoffs? … This is gonna be huge for him in terms of getting his fifth-year option picked up,” Scott said. “Baker’s gonna have to show up and show that he’s a franchise quarterback. If not, there’s gonna be questions in Cleveland.”

Ninkovich was even more confident, and the former New England Patriot thinks last week’s performance will be at the forefront of Mayfield’s mind on Sunday.

“When you have a letdown like they did against the Jets and you put it in Baker’s hands and he’s not able to come through, he’s thinking about that going into this football game,” Ninkovich said. “If he loses this game and they’re out of the playoffs, they’re not giving him that fifth-year option. See you later, man.”

Mayfield completed 28-of-53 passes for 285 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the 23-16 loss to the Jets. He also took four sacks, but his most costly mistake was losing a fumble on a bizarre play toward the end of the game. You can see the video of the play here.

The best way to describe Mayfield’s play this year would be inconsistent. The Browns have to make a decision on his fifth-year option this offseason, so it will certainly be something to watch.

You can hear the full remarks from both Scott and Ninkovich below:

Bart Scott throws out bogus stat in attempt to make point about Patriots

The 2018 AFC Championship Game was one of the best NFL playoff games of all time, but apparently Bart Scott has already forgotten about it.

During Monday’s edition of FS1’s “First Things First,” Scott was discussing how important it is for the Patriots to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. While that is certainly a fair point, he threw out a completely bogus fact about the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era in an attempt to support his argument.

While the Patriots have certainly had their struggles on the road in the postseason, they have won three AFC Championship Games away from Gillette Stadium. You could even understand if Scott forgot about the two they won in 2001 and 2004, but they beat the Chiefs in Kansas City less than a year ago in a 37-31 overtime thriller.

Plenty of people make mistakes on live TV, but this one from Scott is magnified because he’s such a known Patriot hater. For evidence of that, look no further than the ridiculous take he had on Robert Kraft’s spa scandal. The former New York Jet and Baltimore Raven is going to have to try harder than that if the thought of Tom Brady winning a seventh Super Bowl terrifies him.

Bart Scott: NFL should strip Patriots of ‘whole draft’ over Robert Kraft scandal

Robert Kraft

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has found himself at the center of a disturbing sex trafficking scandal, and the always outspoken Bart Scott is calling for the NFL to drop the hammer on the team as a result.

Scott, an ex-linebacker who now hosts a show on WFAN, said Friday that he feels NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should do something that “cripples” the Patriots. He proposed stripping them of all of their 2019 draft picks.

We don’t know all the facts from the sex trafficking sting Kraft was allegedly involved in, but there’s virtually no chance of that happening. While NFL owners are subject to the league’s personal conduct policy the same way players are, a punishment that harsh would be unprecedented.

Scott hates the Patriots, which makes sense considering he used to play for the New York Jets. The circumstances are much different this time, but he has always been quick to rip the Pats any chance he gets.

Police in Jupiter, Fla., said Friday that Kraft is one of several people who were captured on video engaging in illegal sexual activity at a massage parlor. The business had been under investigation for sex trafficking, and Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution. The 77-year-old has already denied the allegations.

Jets reporter Manish Mehta in Twitter fight with Bart Scott

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A New York Jets reporter is in a Twitter fight with former linebacker-turned-analyst Bart Scott over a difference of opinion.

Scott is now a pre and post-game commentator for Jets games on SNY and analyzed the Jets defense’s play against the Browns on Thursday night. The criticism must have extended to the team’s linebackers, because the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta went after Scott personally in defense of the linebackers.

Mehta said on Twitter that he thought linebackers Jordan Jenkins and Avery Williamson had “solid” games.

Mehta then posted the world “clueless” on Twitter, along with a sign for the No. 57, which is what Scott wore when he played.

To top it all off, Mehta seemed to say Scott was “comically and consistently wrong” with his analysis and commentary.

Scott responded to Mehta on Twitter, saying “No subliminal say my name if u have something to say.” He also challenged Mehta to mention him personally on Twitter rather than talk about him. “Don’t be a b—- all u have to do is at me,” he said (edited for profanity).

Mehta better be careful, because Scott has shown he can get serious with threats sometimes.

Bart Scott: Tom Brady’s hand injury could be QB’s latest ‘built-in excuse’

Tom Brady

Tom Brady took the practice field on Friday wearing a red glove on his throwing hand once again, and New England Patriots fans are starting to worry that something could be seriously wrong with their star quarterback. As far as Bart Scott is concerned, the hand issue may be nothing more than another “phantom injury” for the four-time Super Bowl MVP.

In an interview with “The DA Show” on CBS Sports Radio this week, Scott wondered out loud if Brady is milking his injury in advance of the AFC Championship Game.

“Brady always seems to have an injury around a big game,” Scott said. “I think that’s like a built-in excuse. It looked like he has maybe the splint on the thumb. So I don’t know if he maybe was throwing a pass and hit his thumb. But if it is his thumb, that is a cause for concern.”

Scott acknowledged numerous times that Brady could have a real problem if the injury is to his thumb, but the former Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets linebacker clearly has his doubts about the severity.

“I mean, before it was the Achilles and it’s this and that,” Scott added. “Every year during the big game, it always seems to be an injury or a phantom injury or his shoulder was messed up and we just left it off the scouting report and things like that. I don’t know. But I know if it is the thumb and he has to wear a glove, that’s going to be an indication that it was a legitimate injury.”

We all know how much the Patriots like playing mind games with their opponents, but Brady did not throw a single pass in practice on Thursday. If he didn’t have an actual injury, there’s no way he would sacrifice preparation time just to play it up.

Like anyone else, Brady has dealt with nagging injuries in the past. It makes sense that they pop up later in the season, as most players deal with bumps and bruises late in the year. If you remember, Brady acknowledged that he was battling an ankle injury before the New York Giants ruined New England’s perfect season nearly a decade ago.

The Patriots are intentionally keeping Brady’s status close to the vest, but the reports we have heard make it seem like the hand injury could be an issue.

Bart Scott rips Marcell Dareus for Rex Ryan criticism

Marcell Dareus

Former NFL linebacker Bart Scott is not having some of the criticisms of Rex Ryan.

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus criticized Ryan’s defensive scheme as “too much detail” after the head coach was fired last week. Scott, who spent the vast majority of his playing career in Ryan-led defenses in Baltimore and New York, went to town on those comments.

“That might sum the whole thing up – because that’s the guy that you gave $100 million,” Scott told CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Instead of reading his play book, he was too busy lighting up. Are you serous? First of all, I’ve been in this system my entire career. Eleven years, I’ve been in this system. As a defensive lineman, you only have like four (or five) fronts. Man, if you can’t remember five fronts, I don’t know what to tell you, bro. We can’t put the play book in crayon.

“I’ve had teammates that were special needs in high school and college. I played with at least four teammates that were dyslexic and they picked it up. So Marcell Dareus needs to be reevaluated. I don’t know what his Wonderlic was, but for him to say that defense was complicated, I don’t know.”

Scott is referring to Dareus’s multiple suspensions under the league’s drug policy, which is kind of a low blow. Clearly, though, Scott has pretty strong feelings about Ryan and his scheme if he’s willing to go there.

Bart Scott blasts Ray Lewis over questioning Joe Flacco’s leadership

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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.

Ben Roethlisberger responds to Bart Scott calling him a ‘drama king’

Ben Roethlisberger debris

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.

Bart Scott says he would ‘choke the hell out of’ Odell Beckham


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