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Bart Scott & Co. Turn Up the Chirpostat

Posted by Randy Lange on May 15, 2009 – 9:50 am

Rex Ryan confessed to one "poor decision" Thursday, which was bringing that morning’s OTA practice into the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center fieldhouse when the rain had stopped and he could have worked his team outdoors.

But the fieldhouse is good for many things, and one of them was to act as an echo chamber, the better to bounce the taunts of linebacker Bart Scott around to everyone else’s ears.

But Scott — overheard once even seeming to needle punter Eric Wilbur from the sideline during a special teams period — insisted that "Everything I do is for a reason."

"It takes tremendous energy and cardio to talk and practice at the same time," Scott said in the locker room after the practice. "I enjoy talking because it forces me not to be able to breathe, so it helps me get in shape faster."

It also gets his teammates into a certain condition as well.

"It’s awesome," quarterback Kellen Clemens said. "All it does is up the intensity. It’s fun being out there competing against your boys, and a little bit of trash talk here and there just makes it that much more enjoyable. It’s never personal with Bart or with anybody else. It just keeps it light."

And as kicker Jay Feely informed his Twitter followers:

"That was our most enthusiastic practice yet. If you can’t handle being heckled, don’t come play for the Jets."

Which, said head coach Rex Ryan, is also a part of the method to Scott’s madness.

"You have to let everybody express themselves, as long as it’s not detrimental to the football team," Ryan said. "They’re having a good time out there. Even [Damien] Woody told me, ‘Man, I never heard somebody get on somebody so much. No cuss words, but getting on people. It’s a good thing.’ Yeah, no kidding. He’s trying to pick up everybody’s game. If he can get the offense riled up and ready go, we’re going to get everything the offense can give, whether he’s getting on the punter, whatever.

"And trust me," the coach continued, "the offense is giving it right back, the coaches give it right back. It’s a competitive thing. As soon as somebody’s chirping, you want to prove him wrong. It livens up the practice. It’s hard to have a bad practice when guys are flying around out there."

Thursday’s practice was part of the Rex equation in action. Every NFL coach seeks out ways to focus his team’s attention and optimize its output and get that winning edge.

Some of the weapons in Bill Parcells’ arsenal were the intimidation factor from the Big Tuna himself, plus an us-against-them mentality and exquisite preparation. Herm Edwards stressed "inconveniences" and personal interaction to draw out the Jets’ best. For Eric Mangini, the emphasis wasn’t on trash talk but it was on distractions such as practicing in bad weather and loud music.

Fans can argue which approach is best and how effective any of them were. But what is true is that each of those coaches used his style to get the Jets to the playoffs at least once.


Now it’s Rex’s turn and the Green & White are doing it Ryan’s way. It’s not all about smack, of course. The Jets also plan to have a ballhawking defense, a "ground and pound" offense, their usual high-quality special teams.

But as Feely tweeted, to survive practices like Thursday’s: "You have to have thick skin or earplugs."

Think of what the Jets’ opponents in the foreseeable future will need.

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32 Responses to “Bart Scott & Co. Turn Up the Chirpostat”

  1. By Ira on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    Rex knew what he was doing when he targeted Scott for his 1st FA signing and being in his driveway at midnight. This guy is bringing to the defense an intensity that they haven’t had since B.Cox played. Everybody will feed off of Scott’s intensity and this defense has the potential to be one the Jets fans have not seen in many years. Maybe even one that they have never seen. I see a top 5 D.

  2. By Jetfire on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    great article, bart scott is a great leader and will have a tremendous impact on this team. i cant wait to see this d crush opponents this season!

  3. By Gus on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    Wow! Sounds really intense. This can only be a really good thing and should translate through to opening day.
    Its very difficult as a fan to stay grounded , but…..these are exciting times.

  4. By Damone on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    Getting your team hyped up can be a hard thing to do.I can’t stand people with a lot of mouth but if it works for my football team than thats good.I just hope there isn’t anyone like me on the team because there would definetely be some locker room brawls.I want Bart to bring a “bad boy” mentality to this football team!!J-E-T-S!!!!

  5. By BGB on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    Great news. Love reading about the smack talk. Randy, I’ve heard about Sanchez’s leadership both by voice and by example. I bet Kellen is out there talking too but my question is, is Sanchez a smack talker or is he letting his actions speak for himself?

  6. By Frankie on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    I think Bart Scott is going to be an animal for us. I am so glad we picked him up!!! We should have one of the top defences in the league.

  7. By Row on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    Gotta play with swagger! I just want to say thanks very much for the short (but sweet) practice highlight video. It really looks like Kellen is for real! Brad Smith will surprise the NFL this year, might even have 1,000 yards. I am content with our WR situation, and think as long as Rex enforces running for 1st downs to Schotty, we will have a successful year. KEY AREA’S 1. NT 2. DE 3. FS Go Jets

  8. By Anonymous on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    Talk is cheap !! if you dont back it up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By Howard on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    i don’t care how the jets win so long as they win,what ever it takes with in the rules,and if ya don’t get penalized its with in the rules.cant wait till the mini camp in june

  10. By Ryman on May 15, 2009 | Reply

    I love the attitude and swagger that Rex and Scott have brought to the jets organization.!

  11. By AOKP on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    i hope our defense is really good this year, it should be…..and i cant wait to see how bart, harris, and gholston play on the field together, if thomas jones and leon washington are focused then i see us having a nice season at least 11-5….we got some nice pieces, we just need that WR now, i hope tannenbaum does his magic….go Jets

  12. By Vincent on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    This Bart Scott is worth every penny! Great stuff! Nothing ticks off a player like trash talk (and getting beaten), so getting used to the trash and learning to ignore it should do the team good. Great to have some lively sprirt in the team after having undertaker-mangini there for 3 years. Damn it! I can’t wait for the 2009 season to kick-off! J-E-T-S, JETS! > JETS! > JETS!

  13. By slickster14 on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    Brad Smith hasnt done much since he’s bin here. But all i keep hearing about him is how good he can be. I’ll believe it when i see it. But i think the wr’s will be fine. I wanna see what Clowney can do.

  14. By Christopher on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    I’m excited to see Scott play. If this defense can play well, it will be a productive season, it is really exciting. Things just might be different this time, we’ll see. Randy, nice article on A Harris, I hope he makes the team. It is always nice to hear about the guys who really earn their way into the NFL.

  15. By Rick Roucoulet on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Randy or anyone else for that matter, Any news or whispers on that whole Thomas Jones for Deion Branch trade? Anything??? Oh come on Randy, No secrets there buddy… My opinion, it’s well worth it.

  16. By Fred on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    Can we imagine Bart Scott when the team practices in pads?

  17. By AW on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    Bart Scott does back it up!!!! There’s ain’t nothing wrong with his style of SWAGGER! EXCELLENT additon to the Jets organization!!

  18. By ranger46 on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    It’s all about “Show Me”
    Show Me is how the offense reacts being down 7, going in to the 4th quarter, and expect to win the game in regulation. Does the O Line have IT in the 4th quarter? Does the defense continue to ‘fly around’ making very aggressive plays, in the 4th quarter? Which QB has the ability, size and skills to make the key 3rd and whatevers on every comeback in the 4th quarter? JWB!

  19. By Alan on May 16, 2009 | Reply

    Heres to hoping our Defense, Makes Offenses look worse then the Montauk Monster.

  20. By Ira on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    Hearing a lot of talk about Westerman and how the Jets might have found a potential player with him as an UFA. Randy, What did you think of him during some of the OTA’s?

  21. By Randy Lange on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    Ira, Jamaal Westerman has obvious athletic skills and he looked comfortable in his switch from DE to LB. It’ll be interesting to see him in pads at training camp.

  22. By nicky on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    are defense are gunna be in the top three, we need to worry about signing t.j and leon washington so they can be back with the team, also why dont we try to get chris mcalister hes still a free agent and can play safety or corner

  23. By Ira on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    Two great articles about Rex’s D in the Star Ledger and Post today. You have to love it. I didn’t realize that douglas was also an UFA coming out of college. And all 3 players were big FA signings and will all play a major role this year. So that just shows you never know. So maybe Cook,Westerman,Pizzotti and Simmons have a future. I feel they will all make the team either or PS. GO JETS!!!

  24. By Alan on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    Randy, I feel that Lito Sheppard has been kind of slept on lately, i haven’t heard anything about how he’s done in practices. You mind telling us how he did in the OTA practice that was open to the media on thursday, I know im 4 days late in asking, but it just hit me. Just wondering how our former 2 time probowler is doing thats all

  25. By Michael on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    hey randy today is my birthday
    jets fan for life

  26. By gweeto on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    hey jets fans,,,,,,,,this is a diehard purple and black ravens fan,,,,,you guys got 3 of the most loved guys from the ravens,,,,,,starting with rex, hell make u guys instant contenders, secondly, a diamond in the rough,jimmy leohnard ,he was the under the radar guy,,,, who will make an impact on everything he does,,,,great player, more than anyone else, we should have kept him,we loved that guy

  27. By Randy Lange on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    I’ll tell you what, Alan, you’re actually four days early, since I’ll watch Lito Sheppard at this Thursday’s OTA and give you a report.

  28. By Randy Lange on May 17, 2009 | Reply

    Happy Birthday, Michael.

  29. By Dino on May 18, 2009 | Reply

    to Gweeto….thanks for the tip. free agency is a double edged sword sometimes. sorry about your loss. next year we might be sending a similar message to you. It was nice before free agency in a way cause you knew your team year in and year out. Now you just never know. sometimes good, sometimes bad.

  30. By michael on May 18, 2009 | Reply

    thanks randy for saying happy birthday too me

  31. By SLAZE on May 25, 2009 | Reply

    we did indeed get three great people from the ravens!!! very excited about that!! go jet j-e-t-s- jets jets jets!!!!!!!

  32. By VINNY FROM S.I. on May 28, 2009 | Reply


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