Tag:Bart Scott
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Bart Scott would welcome Ochocinco with open arms

C. Ochocinco might like his surroundings in New York a bit better than in Cincinnati. Posted by Andy Benoit

Earlier this year, Bengals wideout Chad Ochocinco said he would do anything to play for someone like Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Many figure he’ll get a chance. The Bengals are tired of the Ochocinco sideshow and will likely release the aging-but-still-viable receiver rather than pony up the $6 million it would cost to keep him.

Because of Ocho’s remarks about Ryan, the idea of Ocho in New York has been tossed around (for what it’s worth, Darrelle Revis has campaigned for the team to bring him aboard).

Count linebacker Bart Scott as one of the Jets who is intrigued by the idea.

“Of course it’s exciting to hear that, and I think that Chad and other guys recognize that not only are we playing hard and playing well, we have an affection for each other,” Scott told Kristian Dyer of the Metro. “I’m really excited that he’s a player who would want to be here, we don’t care about personalities. Personalities like Chad, we can handle. Santonio Holmes is an example of that - people didn’t think we can handle him, but he had only one problem in two years and he’s been the model citizen here. I would welcome Chad here.”

What Scott may not be considering is that the addition of Ochocinco would likely mean the subtraction of free agent Braylon Edwards. Or, worse, the subtraction of free agent Santonio Holmes.

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Posted on: March 5, 2011 11:45 am
 

Bart Scott trademarks 'can't wait'

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bart Scott is a savvy business man. That’s why the Jets linebackers shrewdly trademarked the phrase “can’t wait!” after it became a somewhat popular quote this past postseason.

After his team’s upset divisional round victory over the Patriots, Scott did an interview with ESPN in which he ranted about how soft the Patriots were. Sal Paolantonio asked Scott about facing the Steelers in the AFC title game. That’s when Scott bellowed the now-trademarked words.

"It took on a life of its own," Scott said on Friday. "It really took off on ESPN, it took over on YouTube. My wife said, 'You should trademark it.' Once I started to hear people were trying to make T-shirts, I said, 'I tell you what, if anybody is going to benefit off 'Can't Wait', it should be me.'”

It takes a confident individual to stake claim to a phrase as common and storied as “can’t wait”. Scott explained Friday that, just before the original “can’t wait” interview, he had been verbally sparring with the Patriots’ mascot seconds beforehand. He was then approached by a Jets PR rep. “(The PR rep) should've known I wasn't in the right frame of mind," Scott said.

You can see the origins of “can’t wait” below. (The rant leading up to the phrase makes for great theater.)



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Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.25.11: Happy birthday, forward pass

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • So, the forward pass turned 78 years old today. Two things: 1) It's really held up well in it's old age, and 2) Can you imagine how many billions of dollars the NFL would be fighting over if it hadn't been invented? Because I bet it would be like five. Except without the billion part.
  • Leonard Hankerson wants to carry on the "tradition" of "The U." He must not have watched the movie about what happened there. Just kidding, as you can see, he seems like a nice kid.


Posted on: January 22, 2011 11:40 am
 

Jets think Hines Ward is rather dirty

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the debate about whether Steelers WR Hines Ward is a tough, gritty, blue-collar WR who makes hard, but clean blocks on defenders or a dirty, cowardly head hunter, I usually lean toward the former.

I’m pretty sure a wide variety of players – like Jets LB Bart Scott, Ravens S Ed Reed and Bengals LB Keith Rivers, all of whom have been hammered by Ward – would disagree with my assessment.

You can add Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to the list.

“Our guys I think called him the toughest guy in the league when nobody’s looking,” Pettine said, via ESPN New York.

Considering Ward was voted by his peers in Sports Illustrated as the dirtiest player in the league, Pettine’s comment might have some merit. That doesn’t mean the “tough, gritty, blue collar” thing is wrong, though.

“That works for them,” Pettine said. “He’s kind of the spark that gets them going and we are well aware of it.”

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:51 am
 

Hot Routes 1.21.11: what does Mean Gene think?



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Mean Gene Okerlund weighed in on Bart Scott’s post-game rant last Sunday. Said Mean Gene: “On a scale of one to 10, I would give him an eight. A good interview has to create emotion. You can do that through love or hate, or just by entertaining people, and he does that.”
  • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti lays down the gauntlet for new OL coach Andy Moeller: there better not be any more alcohol-related incidents, or you’ll be fired.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 11:22 am
Edited on: January 20, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Steelers vs. Jets: 7-Point Championship Preview

Posted by Josh Katzowitz



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1. New York Jets (No. 6, AFC, 13-5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 2, AFC, 13-4)

For the second-straight season, the Jets somehow have risen from a Wild Card team to a squad that will play in the AFC championship game with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. Last year, they fell to the Colts. This year, though, they’re riding a big hot streak, having knocked off Indianapolis and then the formerly-invincible Patriots, and they’re looking for their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969.

The Steelers, meanwhile, are coming off a nice come-from-behind victory against the Ravens last week. Like the Jets beating the Patriots, Pittsburgh exerted a ton of energy, rallying to beat their biggest rival for the second time this season. There’s been some talk about emotional letdowns, especially on the Jets side, but this one is for a Super Bowl berth. An emotional letdown, like Jets coach Rex Ryan would say, is impossible.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking



Both AFC games last week were great matchups and featured great results. It’ll be hard for this one to top those. Maybe I’m the one who is emotionally let down, but 3.5 Mora Faces is the max rating.

3. Key Matchup to Watch: Jets secondary vs. Steelers WRs

Last week, the Jets shut down the Patriots WRs. New England couldn’t create separation, and at times, QB Tom Brady was stuck holding the ball for 5 … 6 … 7 … 8 seconds before having to scramble because his receivers simply could not get open.

The Steelers will have to do a better job than that. Assuming Jets CB Darrelle Revis – who has dominated Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne and New England’s Deion Branch so far in the playoffs – matches up against WR Hines Ward, don’t expect Ward to have much of an impact. In the Steelers Week 15 matchup against New York, Ward was targeted only three times and caught two passes for 34 yards.

That means the speedy Mike Wallace will have to be the game-changer for Pittsburgh. He’s had a big season, catching 60 passes for 1,257 yards and 10 TDs in the regular season. We assume Jets CB Antonio Cromartie, also a rather speedy fellow, will attend to him. Thing is with Cromartie: sometimes he’s great, like last week, and sometimes he’s very beatable, like with Colts WR Pierre Garcon two weeks ago.

Hell, Cromartie might be the biggest factor of all. Especially if Ben Roethlisberger tries to avoid Revis and, instead, targets Cromartie. Hey, at least Cromartie didn’t call Roethlisberger an a------.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

If Revis makes Ward somewhat irrelevant in the passing game, the Steelers WR still can be a nuisance on the field. Ask Bart Scott about that this video, featuring Ward’s greatest hits.



5. The Jets will win if ...

They can get big-time production from both running backs, LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene. Tomlinson, after a swoon in the second half of the season, has run well the first two rounds of the playoffs, and Greene has rushed for 77 and 70 yards in the two games. If Greene can inch closer to the 100-yard mark and Tomlinson can average about 5 yards a carry, that would keep the ball out of the hands of Rashard Mendenhall and Roethlisberger for much of the game and bring the Jets a win.

6. The Steelers will win if ...

They can pound and pressure Mark Sanchez for much of the day. Yes, Sanchez threw three touchdown passes last week, but he still has struggled – for the past two weeks – with his accuracy. The Steelers have plenty of defenders (ahem, James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley) who can harass Sanchez and make him have to release the ball too early. Which certainly won’t help his aim.

7. Prediction: Jets 20, Steelers 17
Posted on: January 17, 2011 4:04 pm
 

More trash talk fallout from Jets-Pats

Posted by Andy Benoit

With their season over, Bill Belichick’s “no talking” rules for Patriots players with the press are essentially on hold. Which is why Deion Branch had no problem ripping the Jets for their postgame celebration.
D. Branch (US Presswire)
"The embarrassing part came from a few classless guys [on the Jets] after the game," Branch said via the Boston Herald. "There were a lot of classless things that went on after the game ended."

Branch was selective in who he shook hands with after the game.

"I'm a champion," Branch said. "I'm always going to congratulate guys. They beat us today. The ones with class, I shook their hands. And the ones that didn’t, I didn’t [shake their hands]. You can tell they’re not used to being in this position."
But he wasn’t done.

“That’s their style. You have to expect that,” Branch said. “They’re going to do that from now until they’re gone. Half the guys on the field, it was shameful, the guys with no class, that stuff comes back to bite you.”

Bart Scott didn’t deny that some of the Jets enjoyed winning on the Patriots’ field. "We marked a little territory," Scott said. "Rivalries start when both team take something from the other team. This is probably the first time the Jets have taken something important away from the Patriots.

"Game on. They can hate us forever. The feeling is mutual."

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Posted on: January 17, 2011 10:52 am
Edited on: January 17, 2011 10:56 am
 

Bart Scott takes shots at Tom Brady

Posted by Andy Benoit
B. Scott (US Presswire)
We all know the Jets love to talk. Their voluminous inside linebacker, Bart Scott, has become particularly good at talking after the game. He proved that again Sunday night when discussing Tom Brady.

“This was the quarterback that couldn’t get touched,” Scott said to a group of reporters, according to the Boston Herald. “[The media] talk all about how great he’s playing, but what Rex pulled out for us was his last three playoff games — what his record was and what his rating was then. He had a 66 quarterback rating in his last four or five playoff games and you guys didn’t believe that. You guys didn’t look deep enough into the notes.”

Scott elaborated about how the Jets were able to rattle the league’s 2010 MVP.

“He started looking for the rush when there was no rush,” Scott said. “He thought after a certain amount of time somebody was coming, he was fidgeting. . . . Most quarterbacks don’t like getting hit. They get hit and they turn into a totally different person.”

Somewhere, members of the ’07 Giants reading/hearing these words are nodding and smiling.

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