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Scott Elaborates on Fans Critique from Day Before

Posted by jlholt32 on November 29, 2012 – 6:26 pm

Jets linebacker Bart Scott met with reporters this afternoon to clarify comments he made regarding fans who greeted the Jets as they entered the MetLife Stadium tunnel at halftime of Thursday’s game against the Patriots.

Scott was quoted by the Daily News as saying, “The person yelling at you probably was picked last in dodgeball all through high school.”

The 11th-year veteran met with head coach Rex Ryan to discuss the matter and said he was making a generalization with his above quote.

This afternoon No. 57 told reporters that he has a tremendous amount of respect for the fans and the sacrifices they make. But he also stressed that he is always going to protect his team and organization.

“I mean, it’s freedom of speech, you know?” Scott said. “You can say what you want. I mean, as long as nobody gets physical or puts their hands on you, they’ll understand. But we should also understand that within those stands are family members, are wives, are kids and they have to live that. But I guess that’s what we sign up for.”

Ryan and Scott both agree that fans are going to display their frustrations when their team isn’t winning and isn’t performing at a high level, and that players and coaches shouldn’t allow what fans say affect them.

“We’ve got to appreciate our fans,” Ryan said. “Obviously in the good times it’s much easier than in the bad times.”

Scott wouldn’t say how long his conversation with Ryan lasted, but he said he understands where the coach is coming from.

“That’s the way it is in the life of a public figure,” the 2006 Pro Bowl selection said. “We live in a fishbowl and everything we do is analyzed and criticized. I don’t read into it and I don’t buy it. It takes a family member or someone who knows me to tell me what someone is saying and I take it all in stride, because at the end of the day, I know who and what I am and what I stand for.”

Scott, who has been battling through a turf toe injury most of the season, said  he remembers when former NFL quarterback Tommy Maddox had a bad game and fans dumped trash and litter at his house.

“Is that wrong? I don’t know,” Scott said.

With a 4-7 record, it hasn’t been an easy year on the Jets players or their fans. Yet as one of the Green & White’s most outspoken leaders, Scott believes good things can still transpire.

“We all came into this season with expectations,” he said. “But I think the real true character of a man is tested when things aren’t going well. Anybody can sit up here and answer questions and do things when it’s easy, when it’s convenient. But when times get tough, that’s when a real man steps up and shows his true character.”

Yes, the fans were embarrassed by the Patriots game. The players were as well. Scott just hopes they will stay behind them the rest of the season.

“We’re practicing hard and we’re trying to finish it,” he said. “Hopefully with these last five games, we can make our fans proud, and Jets Nation and Gang Green feel like that we fought for them and that we put a good product out on the field for them.”

Thursday Injury Reports

There was some movement on the Jets’ injury report today, most of it favorable. WR Jeremy Kerley (heel/hamstring/illness), WR Chaz Schilens (concussion/hip) and LB Bart Scott (toe) all went from being limited during team drills Wednesday to being full-go today, and CB Aaron Berry (quad) went from DNP to limited. WR Clyde Gates (concussion) remained sidelined and S LaRon Landry (heel) did not practice in keeping with his weekly routine. G Brandon Moore (hip) was limited. New to the 20-player list today: LB Ricky Sapp (ankle, limited) and CB Kyle Wilson (illness, full).

Changes on the Cardinals’ 10-player list: RB William Powell (shoulder) and S Justin Bethel (shoulder) both went from limited to full today.

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34 Responses to “Scott Elaborates on Fans Critique from Day Before”

  1. By harry-o on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    the jets can win the last five games
    but still not have beaten any half decent teams ( indy was very bad at the time)
    even if they finished 9-7 , they ”re going to need help for a wild card.
    it’s along shot, but it’s good to have that kind of momentum heading into the post season. to win your last five , you must be doing something right. think of it a single game elimination, you loose . your out.
    GO JETS !!!

  2. By scjoe on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    For those fellow Jet fans still under the illusion that Rex Ryan is calling the shots at the draft table and in the locker room, and the Woody Johnson interview a couple of weeks ago proclaiming that Mike “Millian” Tannenbaum has the final say on ALL personnel decisions was not enough to convince you, maybe the Cimini piece on ESPN NY will. In an interview with Jets OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo re: the Slauson – Ducasse debacle at LG, Dave D states that the “platoon” is a directive from “hi above me” (Tannenbaum) That my friends, tells you all you need to know!

  3. By Bennett on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    I read the Sanchez supporters over the past years, the stats. I even began to doubt myself somtimes and than I would watch him in a game and I would say is it me or is this kid just plain bad. Just to many basic flaws. For the life of me I can’t see how he was so successfull in colleage. One thing I never doubted was that I think I know QB’s pretty well, grew up watching Johnny U and have seen all the great modern QB’s in action. For my money it’s still THE GREAT Joe Montana, absolutley a joy to watch in action, the footwork,quick release,and the deadly accuracy ( I guess having Jerry Rice didn’t hurt ). Weak arm ? He would kill you in a second with the long ball, blow the whole game wide open, the other team would never knew what hit it.

  4. By sal cottone on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Freedom of Speech, thats right. What Bart and Rex still dance around the fact that since the 2 have been here, the house has changed..the players brought in to replace the players,some not in their prime but still producing but most important, were leaders. There were no locker room issues, talent wise some would say players over achieved. Tired of hearing about the first 2 season’s with Rex. Its history. Now the foundation is damaged, beyond repair? Who knows, both Rex and Scott will be gone before training camp So why bother with this media thing w/Scott, its old hat, like the first 2 seasons. I compare Rex with Joe Torre”s situation, both were handed good teams, a good coach wins and builds.. the other, well here we are, with T-bow!

  5. By sal cottone on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    Iam not bashing T-Bow, not by a long shot.In fact I think the Jets are killing his chances of starting in this league again. He is not a orthodox player, cant hit the broad side of a barn, unless it means winning or loosing, and most times guys like this will hit it, when it counts. called heart ,desire, deternination faith, what ever..He had it, and hope he gets it back again. If Woody wants to show he is sincere about his thoughts about the kid start him rest of the season, Screw Rex and his thoughts, look where it got the franchize!…Cowher..Mangini….for xmas please!

  6. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    The old saying “The child is father to the man” doesn’t mean that the child often grows up and schools the man, though that does sometimes happen. It means that in the child, you can often see the outline of the future man-to-be. And so it is analogously with Rex. The first player that he famously went after upon getting the Jets HC job was Bart Scott, a player who for at least two yrs now has been much more about attitude than accomplishment, more about mouth than motor, more about sass than skill…just like the HC who signed him and brought him to the Jets.

  7. By Alvaro Medina on Nov 29, 2012 | Reply

    If we had an offensive line Sanchez could get to work ; However the Jets offensive line allowed Mark to get sacked,hurried, and rushed all night long!!!

  8. By Karan on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not a big fan of people heckling players but the way the Jets have been playing this season, I can say the organization shouldn’t be surprised by it, they brought it upon themselves.

  9. By Karan on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    OL Coach pretty much verified who’s in charge around here, and he did it furiously, at least that’s what the sources say. I can understand his frustration, Woody Johnson needs to show Tannenbumm the door. I can also understand the frustraton people have with Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan, but the “man in charge” of this roster and who’s giving orders to have Ducasse split snaps with Slauson which makes absolutely no sense should be shown the door. I know many people are to blame for this season’s flaws, however personally, I think the number reason for this horrible season is Mike Tannenbaum. Hope Woody comes to his senses and fires this guy.

  10. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Cimini writes of “The Sanchez audition: With $8.25 million in guaranteed money for 2013, QB Mark Sanchez is a virtual lock to be on the team next season, but his status as the starter could hinge on how he plays over the final five games. If he doesn’t improve, the Jets almost certainly will bring in a challenger. Alex Smith? Michael Vick? Matt Flynn? Those are some of the names that will surface as possibilities.” Of course, challengers of this kind, as opposed to a high 2013, draft choice, shoulda been brought in last off-season, as with my suggestions back then of Campbell or Orton. Out of these three, the only one that I think is young enough to possibly have a big future is Flynn, if he doesn’t turn out to be another Cassel.

  11. By Bennett on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    This bunch took a team that was really just a few smart moves from a Super Bowl and turned it in to not only a lossing team but a joke. In just 2 short years. I said awhile back if the team preforms like they have this season there is one person in this whole awful franchise that really is to blame and thats the GM. I have rarely seen one arrogant, unqualified know it all do so much damage in such a short time to an organization. If this isn’t apparent to the owner I don’t know how more plain it could be. First step off-season you sack him and start taking some control of your team. To leave it in his hands was a very, very poor move

  12. By Bennett on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Sanchez and Tebow laughting on the sidelines during an awfull 0-4 preseason, T-baum laughting in the booth at half time comfortable in his cloak of arrogance and incompetance . Ryan with his ridiculous upbeat press conferances,OH AHHH the secret plans for that huge game changer Tebow. What a big joke it was HAH HAH were 0-3 and haven.t scored a touch down, LETS HAVE A PARTY. You deserve every bit of fan scorn your geting in that tunnel.. It is humiliating to now be known as a Jet fan. Play like a JET? Yeah you sure are. Same old Jets ? nahh your the worst

  13. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    The clown show gets worse: “DeGuglielmo made it clear he’s not in favor of the Matt Slauson-Vladimir Ducasse platoon at LG. He said the platoon, in which Ducasse plays every 3rd series, is a directive from “high above me.” It fuels speculation that GM Mike Tannenbaum, who has taken a lot of heat for using a 2nd-round pick on the disappointing Ducasse, is calling the shots. Asked to evaluate Ducasse, DeGuglielmo said, “He’s playing well enough to be an every-3rd-series guy — maybe.” DeG has obviously just submitted his resignation, and who can blame him? What does this say about how much Rex or anyone who knows jack about football is really in charge of this team? Don’t tell me Curtis Martin would tolerate this jive if HE owned the Jets!

  14. By Kenny on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    The reason why fans are hating is because the organization makes so many bad decisions. Look at this past off season, what did they do to improve the team? Tebow? That isn’t working to well, now is it Woody? How about the whole Wayne Hunter thing? Tony Sparano? We have one of the worst offenses this season.That was a huge failure. Extending Sanchez’s contract? Horrible decision, make him work for his job and tell him to stop being a damn sissyboy. Did I mention what a failure the draft was? We got rid of most of those guys. The real problem lies within Woody, and Tannenbaum. Rex also needs to let go of players. I hate to say this but things will not get better anytime soon.

    Also, we need a new QB coach.

  15. By since shea on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Lets not get too hung up on Scott. He is history in 5 weeks. Look at nyjetscap.com to see the 2013 salary structures, cap hits and soft money (thats the amount that Woody pays out of pocket to lose players). Highest paid player next year is $13M David Harris, SI ‘s pick for most overpaid athlete in NFL. Look how much Sanchez and Santonio must get from Woody to leave! No way Woody gives them that much to go. Look at the rest that we are stuck with. Mr T not the shrewd CAP master we thought. But, look at those who we can get rid of without much problem. You are the new Mr T. Who are you keeping or dealing based on jetscap.com?

  16. By ron alexander on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    As someone who has competed at a high level but is also a long time season ticket holder I can understand both sides of this situation.Most players do give maximum effort while competing so it is difficult to hear the boo’s and obsenities shouted by fans (some of whom cross the line due to alcohol or who knows what?) However, as Scott himself pointed out, when you are lucky enough to make it as a pro athlete you are exposing yourself to the critisism that goes with it.When you play hard and loose a close game you may hear a smattering of boos.However, when you put on a stinker like the N.E.debacle you have to expect a lot more than a smattering of boos.People out late on a holiday have had lots of time to drink and frustration clearly sets-

  17. By ron alexander on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    cont.- in when a team performs like the jets did last Thursday. That is no excuse for the fans who behaved poorly but again, it comes with the territory.

  18. By Westcoast GangGreen on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    WELL Scot, freedom of speech? There is good points you make, you signed up for this. But, the fans have a right to smack and vent, to a certain point. Rex stats it’s easier to accept when were winning. Than start winning and quit creatting this circus of a team. Yeah, it’s frustrating, but, how do you think true JET fans feel with all to many lost seasons after seson…

  19. By Byrdman on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    This is more evidence of the “3 Ring Circus” atmosphere on the Jets. Rex has lost this team with his frat-house mentality and lack of discipline. Look at all the elite teams in the NFL, the players respect a HC who holds them accountable for their performance on the field. The well coached teams reach the SB through discipline and playing as one unit, trusting that their coach has a strategy and game plan to win. What are Jet players thinking at this point? Is it as obvious to players (as it is to us) that this whole organization is a dysfunctional zoo – NOT a professional football team ?

  20. By Mike V on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Scott is a huge liability and needs to go. His speed is just a memory and every decent QB is going to throw right at him anytime he is in a game. Brady made that obvious to everyone.

  21. By kenny on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    I will say it again you just wait until next year!!!!!!!!!!

  22. By Joe on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Bart theres a simple solution here =GIVE BACK THE MILLIONS IN SALARY YOU RECIEVED TO ACTUALLY CONTEND FOR THE SB ECT .Bart once your playing for nothing the fans dont have a leg to stand on .You have got some nerve my friend .THE WAY THIS TEAM HAS PLAYED YOU GUYS SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED TO TAKE YOUR SALARY

  23. By Joe on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply


  24. By SCfromNY on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty much what everyone said. Scott calling out loudmouths. One of the biggest trash talkers as well as the once least likely to back up his talk.

    As for Sanchez next year: Perhaps we could trade him if we assume 50% of his salery which would not be terrible. there must be one team out there who thinks he has potential. Or how about a package deal to a franchise in need of help and media attention. Sanchez, Tebow, Sporano, and rex to the Chiefs for draft choices I can dream! Or salery wise; it costs the jets the same dollars for Sanchez, McElroy, and Tebow’s replacement whether Sancez starts or not. Pay the same price but win games with a new #1 QB.

  25. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 30, 2012 | Reply

    scjoe, I’d heed Byrdman’s words on Rex. Of course, the very idea of a HC who isn’t brilliant and completely up to date on O is ridiculous to begin with. But where is the evidence that Rex is any good at drafting, grooming, motivating, or earning the respect of players? We have one of the most undisciplined rosters in the NFL, and certainly the most undisciplined roster the Jets have ever had, both on and off the field. You’re telling me this is just an accident? As opposed to a crystal-clear reflection of our HC? Not bloody likely. We’ll get better when everyone from Woody on down to the most casual fan stops getting off on Rex’s childish, rudderless behavior and starts thinking seriously about how to build a winning Jet team IN NY!

  26. By ron alexander on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    BYRDMAN, Awsome post! I cant imagine anyone saying it better!

  27. By Charliejet on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Kenny wait until next year and???

  28. By Byrdman on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Ron and Joe – I loved Rex in 09, I remember thinking ” YES,, the Jets FINALLY got the right guy! Started to see some red flags in “Hard Knocks” episodes; the loose, college dorm or frat-house look of training camp. Rex tries too hard to be a “big brother” or “Buddy” to NFL players. My observation is that his initial success (09,10) was with Mangini’s team and NOW we are witnessing how a “Rex Ryan” team performs. Every SB winning team I’ve ever seen had a coach that players RESPECTED, many FEARED, and some actually HATED. Every winning team I’ve ever played on had a coach that was a STRICT DISCIPLINARIAN, type of guy that would bench good players for goofing-off in practice or making mental errors in games. Rex NEVER does !

  29. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 1, 2012 | Reply

    Byrdman, you keep hitting it out of the park! Where have you been for the last few years? Just don’t tell me that you’re really Row or Ranger 46 in disguise!

  30. By Byrdman on Dec 2, 2012 | Reply

    64Tom – Haha, No I’m not Ranger or Row. Been reading this “Radar” blog for years but just started posting this season. This is a solid group we’ve got here, I enjoy the back and forth and read every comment so I’m not redundant with my posts. I figure I’m mostly just writing what many of you folks here are thinking. It’s not easy being a Jet fan :D but this blog is sorta like therapy, Know what I mean?

  31. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom Vindicated Slightly on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely agree about the therapeutic aspect, Byrdman, very difficult to deal with some of this stuff without letting off some steam after the steamy 8 hours or so at the sports bar. Just today, for instance, I feel an enormous weight lifted off my shoulder with the revelation on Rex’s part that McElroy exists. P.S. Cool pen name you’ve go there, too, since the Byrds were one of the greatest, most influential rock bands ever.

  32. By Byrdman on Dec 3, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, great observation Jetfan Tom – The Byrds song “8 miles high” referred to the 40 thousand foot flight elevation some commercial “JETS” reach. Great Band, amazing harmonies ! Of course I’m using it here primarily as a tribute to Dennis Byrd, a player who’s brief career and miraculous recovery was an inspiration and example for Jet players today. This Jets team desperately needs more “Byrd” type players. Put 11 Dennis Byrds on Defense and you’ve got a SB caliber D

  33. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom Vindicated Slightly on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    Based on what he did in speaking to the team a few yrs ago, Byrdman, I think Dennis Byrd would probably make a better HC than Rex! As for “Eight Miles High,” that was my favorite song for many yrs, still right up there in my top 3 or 4 today…

  34. By Byrdman on Dec 4, 2012 | Reply

    64 Tom – Yeah I hear ya, It would be perfect in my opinion if Curtis Martin owned the Jets and great players like Dennis Byrd held prominent positions in the front office, coaching and scouting college talent. Guarantee they’d build a winner here. Heck Woody would be smart if he brought in guys like C-Mart and D -Byrd and said “Help Me guys,, where can I find kids that played the game like you both did, can you help the scouting dept find the NEXT Curtis Martin and Dennis Byrd, instead of these bums we’ve been drafting”

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