Bart Scott is a good football player. He is one of the leaders and an important player in Rex Ryan‘s defense. He is the inside linebacker in Ryan’s 3-4 defense and just like Ryan, Scott likes to run his mouth. Ryan lets his teams talk and Scott is one that likes to voice his opinion. When you and your team plays well you can back up your talk.
However when things go bad is when you can get yourself into trouble. On Friday, Scott got into it with a reporter because he didn’t want his picture taken and the two had to be separated. If Scott doesn’t want his picture taken that’s fine, but there is a better way of going about it than confronting a reporter and causing a scene. Scott obviously didn’t learn his lesson from last year.
After the season finale against the Miami Dolphins, in a game that the New York Jets lost and kept them from making the playoffs the Jets Scott went on a tirade and flipped off the reporters when cleaning out his locker and is now not giving any interviews this season. Like I said there is a way of going about things and for Scott to flip off reporters on his way out really showed last year just shows a lack of class.
I’m not saying Scott is a bad person, but you have to realize playing for the Jets and with the New York media when things go right you are the toast of the town and when things go wrong you are going to hear so you have to show some thick skin and show you can handle it. Scott didn’t handle it well and as one of the team leaders you would think he would have learned.
The Jets have had a lot of distractions this off season and in training camp they don’t need something else to end up on the front pages that gives the team bad press. Scott and the rest of his teammates really have to learn how to handle themselves better when things don’t go well or when a member of the media does something they don’t want them doing.