|Bart Scott: We’ve got better players than the Patriots ‘all across the field’||01.17.11 at 12:32 am ET|
FOXBORO — Maybe now people will start respecting linebacker Bart Scott and the Jets. At least, he hopes so.
Scott lashed out at the media following his team’s 28-21 win over the Patriots, claiming the media was all about praising Tom Brady and the Patriots suddenly-hot defense.
Scott feels they overlooked one key thing – playoff experience and execution.
“We were just ready to play against a quarterback that couldn’t get touched and you guys talked about how great he was playing,” Scott said. “But what Rex pulled out for us was his last three playoff games, what his record was and what his rating was. He had a 66 quarterback rating for the last four or five playoff games, and you guys didn’t look deep enough into the notes, and that’s what we leaned on.
“We knew we had more playoff experience than that team. And we knew that when the pressure was on, our guys would perform at a high level and we’ve been there and done that. We just let you guys build them up, let them read things and now watch them go kick rocks.”
Scott had lectured the media earlier in the week about the difference between the regular season and the playoffs, and he hammered that point again Sunday night in the locker room.
“If you go down, look at our roster, look at their roster, we’ve got better players all across the field,” Scott said. “You guys talk about how great this defense is playing. Last time I checked, they’re ranked 25th in the league and we were third and we were the ones who get disrespected for not being able to put pressure on the quarterback. That why perception isn’t reality all the time. You perceive they’re playing so well and we’re playing so bad. Guess the cream rises to the top.
“We were given virtually no chance, but we knew that his [Brady] TD/INT ratio was high in the last four, five playoff games. Some of the guys that came in last year were part of an ass-kicking by the Baltimore Ravens. We knew that we could perform and not be over-hyped. We can handle the emotion.”
Brady was sacked a season-high five times and intercepted once in losing his third straight playoff game.
But Scott did praise Brady in one very distinct sense. Without Brady, Scott said, Bill Belichick wouldn’t be who he is now, which is three Super Bowl titles better than Rex Ryan. Still, Scott said he’d take his coach over anyone, including Belichick.
“Why not better? Belichick is one Mo Lewis hit from being fired,” Scott said. “[Brady] don’t come in we might be talking about him on the unemployment line.”
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