He has his coach’s back
Roar of a Jet is heard
Nothing subtle about Scott’s style
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Rex Ryan’s favorite part of Bart Scott’s interview following the Jets’ 28-21 over the Patriots Sunday was when the linebacker “flew in’’ for a landing, tipping his hands down as he touched a knee to the Gillette Stadium turf, like a plane lowering its flaps.
Leave it to a coach to notice the details of the clip, which has become something of a YouTube sensation.
To Patriots fans, and even non-Patriots fans, Scott’s rant, which he opens by shouting, “To all the nonbelievers!’’ and closes by shouting “Can’t wait!’’ when reporter Sal Paolantonio tells him he’ll see him in Pittsburgh, was over the top.
Even Scott acknowledged yesterday that it “looked pretty crazy.’’
For a guy who last week threatened to end Wes Welker’s career and three years ago threatened to “kill’’ Steelers receiver Hines Ward, crazy is nothing new.
But there’s a reason Scott was the first player Ryan signed when he became Jets coach last year — he’s as batty as his coach.
Receiver Braylon Edwards calls Jerricho Cotchery the glue of the wideout group, but on the team, Scott is the guy that makes the noise.
Scott, however, says he has toned down his on-field talking.
“I have matured a lot,’’ he said. “It takes a lot of energy to talk on the field.
“I’m still new to this division, so it took me a while to find somebody to hate. I used to have a lot of rivalries, being in Baltimore, the natural thing with the Steelers, Browns, things like that.
“Within this division, there’s no one for me to really have that anger at. But I’m developing it pretty fast.’’
It’s safe to assume Welker falls into that category. Scott took umbrage with Welker’s press conference last week, in which the Patriot receiver took subtle jabs at Ryan with multiple “foot’’ references, and the 30-year-old Detroit native lashed out by saying Welker’s days in a uniform were numbered.
Scott felt he was within his rights to defend Ryan, reasoning that the coach has a lot of shots thrown his way because of his weight, shots Scott believes other overweight coaches such as the Eagles’ Andy Reid or former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis don’t have to endure.
Lost on Scott is the fact that those coaches aren’t nearly as boastful as Ryan, who opens himself up to such barbs.
Also lost on Scott, at least in the Welker situation: Welker didn’t say anything about Ryan’s weight.
“I understand that’s the world we live in, but it still doesn’t give people the freedom to take shots,’’ said Scott. “They can take the shots, but I can still choose to defend him and respond however I choose to.
“It’s one thing to criticize somebody about game management, things within the business. But I think he takes a lot of unnecessary shots. He makes statements and believes in his team and that still doesn’t give other people the right not to be professional.’’
The “mad backer,’’ as he calls himself, also wasn’t done taking digs at Tom Brady. Asked about Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Scott said, “We don’t look at him as a diva quarterback. We look at him as a football player. He’s a quarterback willing to take the hits.’’
Scott’s “can’t wait!’’ finish in Foxborough has become a catchphrase for the Jets and their fans. Ryan opened his press conference yesterday by saying he was sure media members “can’t wait!’’ for him to read the injury report, and teammates have been yelling it to Scott.
He says he learned the art of trash talking from wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, calling the oiled-up, bleach-blond, shirt-ripping showman a trend setter.
Even though he did come off a little crazy in his rant, Scott says it was just him.
“That’s how I am,’’ he said. “I wear my emotions on my sleeve.’’