This offseason, many out there said that the New York Jets needed to make changes at the linebacker spot. Faster, younger, more athletic.
During the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jets selected someone who they believe will develop into a gem when they took Demario Davis in the third round.
But what about Bart Scott, the heart and soul of the linebacking corps and alleged old man who didn’t have much left in the tank? He’s come back a new man, hellbent on making those critics eat their words.
“[The media] tried to throw dirt on me,” Scott said. “My prognosis: I’m going to ball out.”
While all the national attention this preseason has focused on the Jets’ ineffective offense, Scott has not been shy, reminding people that the Jets’ defense is still as good as it’s ever been. Maybe even better.
“We’ve put some pretty interesting defenses on the field,” Scott said. “But we have the most potential this year. If we do our jobs and communicate more, we could be the best Jets defense in franchise history.”
In 2009, Rex Ryan‘s first year as head coach and Scott’s first year in New York, the Jets had the best defense in the NFL, leading the league in total yards against and passing yards against by a large margin.
“We’re younger, more athletic [this year],” Scott said. “Our veterans are more mature. Our defense has come together.”
Scott has never been one to bite his tongue, that’s for sure. After many said he had lost a step, he dedicated himself to finding it.
“A lot people wrote him off,” teammate and fellow inside linebacker David Harris said. “He’s hungrier … He responded in the way everybody thought he was going to respond.”
A re-energized Scott is a scary thing to face for opposing offenses. Entering his 11th season, he still feels like he can be as good as he’s ever been. The “Madbacker” is back.