Things have become a bit silly in the runup to the Buffalo Bills’ playoff game against the New England Patriots, culminating in a quote for the ages from tight end Dawson Knox on Thursday.
The whole sequence started courtesy of ESPN’s Bart Scott, who suggested that Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen could take Viagra to help stay warm during Saturday night’s game. Scott’s suggestion went viral enough that at least one reporter took it to the Bills during media availability later in the day.
Knox said he has no intention of trying Scott’s suggestion Saturday night, for several reasons. One is that Knox is concerned about it triggering a positive PED test. Two is that Knox would need to get a prescription, which he made clear he absolutely does not have at the moment.
Dawson Knox said he heard Viagra can make a player test positive for PEDs, so he's not going to try that trick to stay warm Saturday. He also said he'd need a prescription to take Viagra, & made it clear he does not have said prescription.
Photo: Oct 18, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox (88) before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Temperatures are forecasted to be in the single digits when the Buffalo Bills host the New England Patriots in the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday, and Josh Allen admits that will present one specific challenge for him. Bart Scott has a suggestion that he insists will help.
Allen revealed this week that he has poor circulation, which can cause issues with his feet during cold-weather games. He said keeping his feet dry and warm will be a priority on Saturday night. During ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Thursday, Scott told Allen he needs to pop some Viagra before kickoff.
Only one word to describe this odd exchange…. Cringe!
Bart Scott suggest that Josh Allen to combat bad circulation should pop that purple pill… And he wasn't kidding!!
Scott said he and a lot of his former teammates took Viagra before cold-weather games because it “opens up the blood vessels.” Taking the little blue pill before a game might cause some other problematic side effects, but we don’t need to get into all of that.
Allen struggled during the Bills’ 14-10 loss to the Patriots in Buffalo on Dec. 6. There were windy conditions that night that led to some truly incredible plays. Allen then torched the Pats at New England three weeks later with 314 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 33-21 win.
It’s hard to say how desperate Allen is to keep his feet warm, but perhaps he will take Scott’s advice.
Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals unapologetically ran up the score on the Baltimore Ravens last week, and Bart Scott thinks they are going to regret it.
Scott, an ESPN analyst who played linebacker for Baltimore from 2002-2008, said on “Get Up!” Thursday that Burrow will now be in the crosshairs of Ravens player going forward. Scott said his former team has what they call “red dot,” which sounds a lot like a bounty on an opposing player. He predicted that the Ravens will go head-hunting on Burrow the next time they play the Bengals.
“I guarantee you he will not last long in this division. They’re gonna make sure they become head-hunters whenever they go against them,” Scott said. “He’s gonna get the rib shot. He’s gonna get the neck shot. He’s gonna get the tackle his arms and make his head bust off the ground shot.
“The order has been sent. We call it red dot in Baltimore, and it’s gonna be on him for the rest of his career. He’s gonna regret that he ever did that.
Louis Riddick repeatedly pointed out to Scott that this isn’t the same ferocious Ravens defense that Scott was once a part of. Scott said it doesn’t matter and that the same “culture” still exists in Baltimore.
You can hear Scott’s full remarks beginning at around the 45-second mark below:
Scott’s comments will probably make NFL executives cringe, though they aren’t a huge surprise. Burrow threw for 525 yards in Cincinnati’s 41-21 win over the Ravens. The Bengals called a deep pass play late in the game to get Burrow over the 500-yard mark. John Harbaugh may not have been happy about that, and it looked like he expressed his displeasure during his postgame handshake with Zac Taylor (video here).
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:
"If the 49ers lose to the Philadelphia Eagles, I'll shave my eyebrow off."
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:
.@BartScott57 and @ninko50 both believe that if the Browns lose this weekend, Baker will be out in Cleveland.
"If [Baker Mayfield] loses this game and [the Browns] are out of the playoffs, they're not giving him that fifth-year option." pic.twitter.com/dMyZmu5D3J
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.
"They've never made a Super Bowl when they had to go on the road at any point" -Bart Scott on the Patriots
He forgot about the… – 2001 AFCCG @ PIT – 2004 AFCCG @ PIT – And just last year, AFCCG @ KC
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.
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.
"I would take their whole draft from them. it has to be something that cripples them. This is a black eye." – Bart Scott on the punishment Robert Kraft and The #Patriots should get from the league after today's news.
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.
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.
#Jets OLB Jordan Jenkins had a solid game last night. Played his assignments. Any suggestion otherwise is ignorant.
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).
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.
“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.
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.